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Marie Thoma Ph.D.

Marie Thoma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Family Science
1142 School of Public Health
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-4012


  1. Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, 2009
  2. MHS, Johns Hopkins University, Biostatistics, 2009
  3. B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Anthropology, 2000


Marie Thoma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Grounded in a life course perspective, Dr. Thoma’s research focuses on population-based methodologies for assessing women’s gynecologic health, family planning, and maternal and infant health in the U.S. and internationally. In particular, she has evaluated methodologies for estimating infertility, data sources for assessing the impact of infertility treatment on maternal and infant health outcomes, and social and health factors related to short pregnancy spacing. Collectively, her work underscores the importance of addressing women’s health to improve family health. Her research has appeared in the Lancet, Lancet Global Health, Fertility and Sterility, Journal of Women’s Health, Statistics in Medicine, Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases among other outlets. Prior to her appointment at the University of Maryland, she was a Senior Service Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she played an integral role in developing nationally-standardized and accredited training for hospital staff to improve the quality of data collected on birth certificates.


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