Marianne M. Hillemeier

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Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Demography

Contact Information

504C Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-2905


Ph.D. 1998 Sociology/Population Studies, University of Michigan
MPH 1988 Maternal and Child Health, Harvard University
MSN 1982 Pediatric Nursing, Yale University
B.S. 1975 Nursing, University of Iowa

Teaching Interests

Child and adolescent health disparities and population health.

Research Interests

Child and adolescent health; disparities in children's health care access and utilization; women's health and healthcare disparities.

Examples of Collaborative Projects

Marianne Hillemeier, Ph.D. has research interests rooted in her early experiences in clinical practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner, subsequent MPH training in maternal and child health, and doctoral studies in demography and sociology, where her research focused on mechanisms underlying racial/ethnic disparities in child mortality and preventive health care utilization. Her current research agenda has two major themes. The first pertains to disparities in women’s health, especially as they relate to increased risk of adverse birth outcomes. She co-led an interdisciplinary team in developing the Central Pennsylvania Women’s Health Study (CePAWHS), which included a pre-conceptional health promotion intervention targeting health risks among low-income rural women 18-35 years of age. Her other major research theme relates to children’s mental and physical health, health-related services, and cognitive and educational outcomes. She collaborates with colleagues in sociology and education in studying socioeconomic and racial/ethnic differences in children’s well-being and functioning using nationally-representative data from the Birth and Kindergarten cohorts of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS). She is also a co-investigator in the NICHD-funded Child Community Health Network (CCHN), which examines parental psychosocial stress and allostatic load and its relationship to health and subsequent pregnancy outcomes.

Selected Publications

Shepherd-Banigan, M., Domino, M., Wells, R., Rutledge, R., Hillemeier, M. M., & Van Houtven, C. H. (In press). Do maternity care coordination services encourage use of behavioral health treatment among pregnant women on Medicaid? Women’s Health Issues.

Bediako, P. T., Belue, R., & Hillemeier, M. M. (2017). Immigrant generational status and developmental problems among prematurely born children. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. doi:10.1007/s10903-017-0560-1

Hammer, C. S., Morgan, P. L., Farkas, G., Hillemeier, M. M., Bitetti, D., & Maczuga, S. (2017). Late talkers: A population-based study of risk factors and school readiness consequences. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0417

Louis, C., Clark, J., Hillemeier, M. M., Camacho, F., Yao, N., & Anderson, R. (2017). The effects of hospital characteristics on delays in breast cancer diagnosis in Appalachian communities: A population-based study. Journal of Rural Health. doi:10.1111/jrh.12226

Morgan, P. L., Farkas, G., Cook, M., Strassfeld, N. M., Hillemeier, M. M., & Schussler, D. L. (2017). Are black children disproportionately overrepresented in special education? A best-evidence synthesis. Exceptional Children, 83(2), 181-198. doi:0014402916664042

Oropesa, R. S., Landale, N., & Hillemeier, M. M. (2017). Searching for the family legal status of Mexican-origin children: A primer on different measurement strategies. Journal of Family Issues, 38(5), 700-727. doi: 10.1177/0192513X16632264

DuPaul, G., Morgan, P. L., Farkas, G., Hillemeier, M. M., & Maczuga, S. (2016). Academic and social functioning associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Latent class analyses of trajectories from kindergarten to fifth grade. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(7), 1425-1438. doi 1.1007/s10802-016-0126-z

Landale, N., Oropesa, R. S., Noah, A., & Hillemeier, M. M. (2016). Early cognitive skills of Mexican-origin children: The roles of parental nativity and legal status. Social Science Research, 58, 198-209. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.02.004 (PMCID: PMC4873712)

Morgan, P. L., Li, H., Farkas, G., Cook, M., Pun, W. H., & Hillemeier, M. M. (2016). Executive functioning deficits increase kindergarten children’s risk for reading and mathematics difficulties in first grade. Contemporary Educational Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.codpsych.2016.01.004

Morgan, P. L., Farkas, G., Hillemeier, M. M., & Maczuga, S. (2016). Science achievement gaps begin very early, persist, and are largely explained by modifiable factors. Educational Researcher, 45(1), 18-35. doi: 10.3102/0013189X16633182

Curriculum Vitae

Marianne Hillemeier vitae