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The Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Lifetime Adversity, and Reproductive-Aged Women

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Dr. Emily Harville led a multidisciplinary team of reproductive health scientists to address health issues of concern to the residents of the Gulf States affected by the DWH oil spill, focusing on women of reproductive age. Dr. Harville's research involved stress measurement and biomarkers in pregnant women and lifetime adversity. She focused on the effects of a technological disaster on mental health, reproductive choices and birth outcomes in women of reproductive age.

PROJECT AIMS
-Determine the effect of the DWH oil spill on the mental health of women of reproductive age.
-Determine the effect of the DWH oil spill on reproductive outcomes.
-Determine the effect of lifetime adversity on reproductive outcomes.
-Determine how social and environmental adversity interact to affect reproductive outcomes.

ABOUT THE INVESTIGATOREmily Harville
Emily Harville has experience in the intersection of birth outcomes, stress, mental health with disaster. She was the Principal Investigator of a prospective cohort study of postpartum mental health and co-investigator of a study of pregnancy outcomes after Katrina. She is also currently a co-investigator in a study of models of prenatal care and their effect on mental and physical health of women in the aftermath of Katrina. Dr. Harville's research interests focus on stress measurement and biomarkers in pregnant women and lifetime adversity.