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Anne B. Wallis, PhD, MHS

Anne Wallis imageEpidemiology and Population Health 
Associate Professor
Office No: 223, 485 E. Gray St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-852-0081
Fax: 502-852-3291



Blog: Barefoot Epidemiology

Dr. Anne Baber Wallis (MHS, PhD) is a reproductive epidemiologist interested in social and biological causes of disease and an array of methodology and theoretical approaches to improve maternal health and neonatal outcomes globally. She has ongoing research projects based in Romania and India, and she collaborates with researchers elsewhere in eastern Europe and west Africa. Anne has been a Fulbright scholar in Armenia and The Gambia.

Dr. Wallis was trained in maternal and child health and health policy at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She studied history and English as an undergraduate at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Dr. Wallis is PI of a research grant funded by the Romanian Ministry of Education, Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)  to conduct a four-year, four-hospital prospective study of antenatal risk factors and birth outcomes in Romania (known as the MAIA study). This grant is the culmination of ongoing work since 2006 (with Drs. Claiborne Dungy and Răzvan Cherecheş) in Romania using small pilot grants to study breastfeeding, antenatal depression, pediatric injury, and Roma populations. The MAIA study collects data at three points in time during pregnancy, including post-delivery. Interview data collected includes maternal health; maternal behaviors (alcohol, tobacco, and drug use); maternal stress, depression, and anxiety; socieoeconomic position; and nutrition. Biologic data include hair cotinine samples and serum cortisol. Anthropometric and related data include BMI, blood pressure, glucose test results, and other related prenatal screens. Data post-delivery includes infant birthweight, gestational length, type of delivery, maternal conditions, NICU care, and transport.

Dr. Wallis is presently completing a study with Dr. Artashes Tadevosyan at Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia to examine risks to women from baking bread (lavash) in their homes. Drs. Wallis and Artashes have measured CO, particulates, and biological and health factors in more than 90 households in Armenia.

Dr. Wallis has worked with Healthy Start projects in the US since the late 1990s, including Baltimore City, Palm Beach County, and Des Moines, Iowa. She has led the Des Moines Healthy Start evaluation since 2005. With Dr. J. Jackson Barnette, she co-founded and then directed the Iowa Center for Evaluation Research from 2002-2007.

Dr. Wallis has taught maternal and child health, epidemiology theory, introduction to epidemiology, qualitative research methods, urban health, and evaluation research. She has led study abroad trips to Romania and India. She provides consultation to Elsevier’s Evidence Based Medicine Center, Clinical Solutions group on synthesis of research findings, particularly from mixed-methods and qualitative studies.

Research Interests

Dr. Wallis’ lifetime goal is to make a serious and substantive contribution to what we think and how we think about maternal and infant health, including maternal death, neonatal death, and the social position and health of women. She is deeply curious about societal-level influences on health and how we can use policy and science to remedy health disparities. She wants to help sharpen public health research and evaluation methods to lend insight into the upstream predicates of maternal and infant health and better understand what interventions work and why in order to implement evidence-based policy and practice at the global, national, and community levels.

Current Projects

MAIA Study of Pregnancy Outcomes and Risks, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, funded by UEFISCDI, 2011-16; UEFISCDI is funded through international agreements with the European Science Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, and the European Union.

Healthy Start of Des Moines Evaluation, 2005-present

Elsevier Health Sciences, Evidence-Based Medicine Center and Clinical Solutions, 2015 – present

Lavash baking risk assessment, Armenia, 2015-present

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega, Alpha Chapter, Member


Ross A, Kennedy (Wallis) A, Holt E, Guyer B, Hughart N. Initiating the First DTP Age-Appropriately: A Model for Understanding Immunization Coverage. Pediatrics. 1998. 101(6):970-974. IF: 5.1; Citations: 20.

Kennedy (Wallis) A. J.H. Mason Knox, Jr. Voices from the past. In Fee E, Brown TM (Eds.), Am J Public Health. 1999. 89(3):408-410. IF: 4.229; Citations: 6.

Barnette, J. Wallis, A. Helping evaluators swim with the current: Training evaluators to support mainstreaming. New Dir Eval. 2003(99):51-61. IF: 1.6; Citations: 13.

Barnette, J.J. and Wallis, A. The missing treatment design element: Continuity of treatment when multiple postobservations are used in time-series and repeated measures study designs. Am J Eval 2005. 26(1):106-123. IF: 1.5; Citations: 6.

Wallis, A. and Guyer, B. Myron Wegman’s Early Career in Maryland and the Shaping of a Social Conscience for Maternal and Child Health in the 20th Century and Beyond. Matern Child Health J. 2006. 10(1):5-11. .  IF: 1.9. Citations: 2.

Aronson, R.; Wallis, A.;O’Campo, P.; Whitehead, T.; Schafer, P. Ethnographically informed community evaluation: A framework and approach for evaluating multi-faceted community-based initiatives. Matern Child Health J. 2007. Mar;11(2):97-109.  IF: 1.9. Citations: 22.

Aronson, R.; Wallis, A.; O’Campo, P.; Schafer, P. Neighborhood Mapping and Evaluation: A Methodology for Participatory Community Health Initiatives. Matern Child Health J. 2007. 11(4):373-383. . IF: 1.9. Citations: 31.

Wallis, A.; Cherecheş, R.; Oprescu, F.; Brinzaniuc, A.; Dungy, C.  An international model for staffing maternal and child health research: The use of undergraduate students. Breastfeed Med.2007. 2(3):139-44. IF: 1.4. Citations: 6.

Penziner, E.; Williams, J.K.; Erwin, C.; Bombard, Y.; Wallis, A.; Beglinger, L.; Hayden, M.R.; Paulsen, J.S.  Perceptions of discrimination among persons who have undergone predictive testing for Huntington’s Disease. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet2008. 147(3):320-5. IF: 3.2; Citations: 40.

Dungy, C.; McInnes, R.; Tappin, D.; Wallis, A.; Oprescu, F. Infant feeding attitudes and knowledge among socioeconomically disadvantaged women in Glasgow. Matern Child Health J. 2008. 12(3):313-322. IF: 1.9. Citations: 51.

Wallis, A.; Saftlas, A. Untangling an epidemiological knot: Migraine and preeclampsia. Invited commentary.   Am J Hypertens. 2008. 21(3):24. IF: 3.7; Citations 1.

Wallis, A.; Saftlas, A.; Hsia, J.; Atrash, H. 2008. Secular trends in the rates of preeclampsia, eclampsia, and gestational hypertension, United States, 1987-2004. Am J of Hypertens. 21(5):521-6. IF: 3.7; Citations 160.

Wallis, A.; Brînzaniuc, A; Cherecheş, R.; Oprescu, F.; Şirlincan, E.; David, I.; Dîrle , I.; Dungy, C. Reliability and validity of the Romanian version of a scale to measure infant feeding attitudes and knowledge. Acta Paediatr. 2008. 97(9):1194. IF: 1.9; Citations: 25.

Wallis, A.; Saftlas, A. A gram of prevention … a modest increase in fiber consumption may reduce risk of preeclampsia. Am J Hypertens. 2008. 21(8):849. IF: 3.7; Citation: 1.

Wallis, A.B.; Saftlas, A.F. Is there a relationship between prenatal depression and preeclampsia? Am J Hypertens. 2009. 22(4)345-6. IF: 3.7; Citations: 1.

Morriss, F.H.; Abramowitz, P.W.; Carmen, L.; Wallis, A. “Nurses don’t hate change”: Survey of NICU nurses regarding implementation, use and effectiveness of a barcode medication administration system. Healthc Q. 2009. 18(12):2569-77. Citations: 10.

Saftlas, A.; Wallis, A.; Shochet, T.; Harland, K; Dickey, P.; Peek-Asa, C. Prevalence of intimate partner violence in an abortion clinic population. Am J Public Health.  2010. 285(35):26788-97. IF: 3.9. Citations: 20.

Wallis, A.; Winch, P; O’Campo, P. “This is not a well place”: Neighborhood and stress in Pigtown. Health Care Women Int. 2010. 31(2):113-30.Citations: 5.

TePoel, MR;  Saftlas, AF; Wallis, AB.  Association of seasonality with hypertension in pregnancy: A systematic review. J Reprod Immunol, 2011. 89(2):14-52. IF: 2.5. Citations: 21.

Beyer, K; Saftlas, A; Wallis, A; Peek-Asa, C; Rushton, G. A probabilistic sampling method (PSM) for estimating geographic distance to health services when only the region of residence is known. Int J Health Geographics 2011, 10(1):4. IF: 2.2. Citations: 10.

Wallis, A ; Brînzaniuc. A.; Oprescu, F; Cherecheş, R.; Mureşan, M; Dungy, C. A structured public health approach to increasing rates and duration of breastfeeding in Romania. Breastfeeding Med, 2011. 6:429-32. IF: 1.4. Citations: 2.

Peek-Asa, C; Wallis, A; Harland, K; Beyer, K; Dickey, P; Saftlas, A. Rural disparity in domestic violence prevalence and access to resources. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011. 20(11):1743-9. IF: 1.41. Citations: 20.

Oprescu, F; Peek-Asa, C; Wallis, A; Young, T; Nour, D; Chereches, R. Pediatric poisonings and risk markers for hospital admission in a major emergency department in Romania. Matern Child Health J. 2012. 16(2):495-500. IF: 1.9. Citations: 6.

Wallis, A; Fernandez, R; Oprescu, F; Cherecheş, R; Zlati, A; Dungy, C. Validation of a Romanian scale to detect antenatal depression. Cent Eur J Med.2012. 7:216-223. IF: 0.31 Citations: 4.

Harland, K; Saftlas, A; Wallis, A; Zimmerman, B; Yankowitz, J. Correction of bias in ultrasound dating in studies of small-for-gestational-age: A case study in the Iowa Health in Pregnancy Study. Am J of Epidemiol. 2012.176(5):443-55. IF: 5.9.Citations: 4.

Wallis, A; Tsigas, E; Saftlas, A. A; Sibai, B. Prenatal education is an opportunity for improved outcomes in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: Results from an internet-based study. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med, 2013. 26(16):1565-1567. IF: 2.071

Tsigas, E.; Wallis, A.; Saftlas, A.; Sibai, B. Women’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors about preeclampsia signs and symptoms based on provider education. Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Cardiovascular Women’s Health. 2013. 1 Suppl 1:S32.

Harland, K; Saftlas, A; Wallis, A; Dickey, P; Peek-Asa, C. Motivational interviewing and intimate partner violence: A randomized trial. Annals of Epidemiology. 2014. 24:144-50 IF: 3.2. Citations: 2.

Brčina, N.; Mujkić, A.; Milošević, M.; Miškulin, M.; Wallis, A.Comparison of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of health professionals and parents regarding child injuries. Cent Eur J Public Health 2014. 22(4):245-50. IF: 0.798

Beyer, K; Wallis, A; Hamberger, K. Neighborhood environment and intimate partner violence: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 2015, 16(1):16-47. IF: 2.939

Suciu, L; Wallis, A; Szabo, B; Cucera, M; Pusasiu, L; Ognean, L; Oprea, I; Todor, N; Bell, E. Mortality and morbidity for low gestational age infants in Romania: Have we done what it takes? Submitted to Paediatrics International 02/2013.

Brînzaniuc, A; Pop, O; Chereches, R; Wallis, A. Socioeconomic factors associated with antenatal depression: Results from a hospital-based study in Eastern Europe. Submitted, 12/2014, European Journal of Public Health. IF: 2.459.

TePoel, MR; Saftlas, AF; Wallis, A; Peek-Asa, C. Help-seeking behaviors of abused women in an abortion clinic population. J Interpersonal Violence. 2016. 1-25.

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