Marianne M. Hillemeier

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Department Head, Department of Health Policy and Administration; Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Demography

Contact Information

604E 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

Hillemeier, M. M., Domino, M., Wells, R., Goyal, R., Kum, H. C., Cilenti, D., Whitmire, J. T., & Basu, A. (2015). Effects of maternity care coordination on pregnancy outcomes: Propensity weighted analyses. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19, 121-127. (doi 10.1007/s10995-014-1502-3; PMC4459720)

Hillemeier M. M., Landale, N., & Oropesa, R. S. (2015). Asthma in US Mexican-origin children in early childhood: Differences in risk and protective factors by parental nativity. Academic Pediatrics, 15(4):421-429.  (doi 10.1016/j.acap.2014.11.005; PMCID: PMC4492835)

Morgan, P. L., Farkas, G., Cook, M., Li, H., Mattison, R., Hillemeier, M. M., & Maczuga, S. (2015). Minorities are disproportionately underrepresented in special education: Longitudinal evidence across five disability conditions. Educational Researcher, 44(5):278-292. (doi 10.3102/0013189X15591157)

Oropesa, R. S., Landale, N., & Hillemeier, M. M. (2015). Family legal status and health: Measurement dilemmas in studies of Mexican-origin children. Social Science and Medicine, 138, 57-67. (doi 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.05.038; PMCID: PMC4498967)

Belue, R., Miranda, P. Y., Elewonibi, M., & Hillemeier, M. M. (2014). The association of generation status and health insurance among US children. Pediatrics, 134(2), 307-314. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-3337.

Hillemeier, M. M., Lanza, S., Landale, N. S., & Oropesa, R. S. (2013). Measuring early childhood health and health disparities: A new approach. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 17(10), 1852-1861. doi:10.1007/s10995-012-1205-6. (PMCID: PMC3615056)

Curriculum Vitae

Marianne Hillemeier vitae