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Deborah B. Nelson, PhD

Deborah B. Nelson, PhD


Associate Professor, Department of Public Health

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Master of Science in Epidemiology Program

Telephone:  215-204-9659

Email: dnelson@temple.edu


Department of Public Health

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences


Educational Background:


BS, Chemistry, State University of New York, College of Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, 1989


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA, 1998


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professional affiliations:


National Societies:

  • American College of Epidemiology, 1998
  • American Public Health Association, 1991
  • Society for Epidemiology Research, 1991
  • Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, 2002 (elected board member, 2005)
  • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 2003

Local Societies:

  • Pennsylvania Public Health Association, 1991

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research interests:


  • Clinical and sociologic risk factors for spontaneous abortion
  • Spontaneous preterm birth
  • Preeclampsia

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26156825. Nelson DB, Hanlon AL, Wu G, Liu C, Fredricks DN, First Trimester Levels of BV-Associated Bacteria and Risk of Miscarriage Among Women Early in Pregnancy. Matern Child Health J :()2015 Jul 9

26010318. Nelson DB, Lepore SJ, Mastrogiannis DS, Childhood Sexual Violence and Consistent, Effective Contraception Use among Young, Sexually Active Urban Women. Behav Sci (Basel) 5:2(230-46)2015 May 22

24405280. Nelson DB, Hanlon A, Nachamkin I, Haggerty C, Mastrogiannis DS, Liu C, Fredricks DN, Early pregnancy changes in bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria and preterm delivery. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 28:2(88-96)2014 Mar

24239498. Herring SJ, Nelson DB, Pien GW, Homko C, Goetzl LM, Davey A, Foster GD, Objectively measured sleep duration and hyperglycemia in pregnancy. Sleep Med 15:1(51-5)2014 Jan

23945426. Nelson DB, Komaroff E, Nachamkin I, Haggerty CL, Dibble L, Mastrogiannis D, Liu C, Fredricks DN, Relationship of selected bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria to Nugent score bacterial vaginosis among urban women early in pregnancy. Sex Transm Dis 40:9(721-3)2013 Sep

23789582. Nelson DB, Lepore SJ, The role of stress, depression, and violence on unintended pregnancy among young urban women. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 22:8(673-80)2013 Aug

23563909. Herring SJ, Foster GD, Pien GW, Massa K, Nelson DB, Gehrman PR, Davey A, Do pregnant women accurately report sleep time? A comparison between self-reported and objective measures of sleep duration in pregnancy among a sample of urban mothers. Sleep Breath 17:4(1323-7)2013 Dec

22818249. Herring SJ, Nelson DB, Davey A, Klotz AA, Dibble LV, Oken E, Foster GD, Determinants of excessive gestational weight gain in urban, low-income women. Womens Health Issues 22:5(e439-46)2012 Sep

22688344. Patterson F, Seravalli L, Hanlon A, Nelson DB, Neighborhood safety as a correlate of tobacco use in a sample of urban, pregnant women. Addict Behav 37:10(1132-7)2012 Oct

21552165. Nelson DB, Sammel MD, Patterson F, Lin H, Gracia CR, Freeman EW, Effects of reproductive history on symptoms of menopause: a brief report. Menopause 18:10(1143-8)2011 Oct

21368149. Nelson DB, Abbott MB, Steinman B, Polissar PJ, Stansell ND, Ortiz JD, Rosenmeier MF, Finney BP, Riedel J, Drought variability in the Pacific Northwest from a 6,000-yr lake sediment record. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108:10(3870-5)2011 Mar 8

21311721. Friedenberg FK, Rai J, Vanar V, Bongiorno C, Nelson DB, Parepally M, Poonia A, Sharma A, Gohel S, Richter JE, Prevalence and risk factors for gastroesophageal reflux disease in an impoverished minority population. Obes Res Clin Pract 4:4(e261-e269)2010 Oct

24345691. Friedenberg FK, Rai J, Vanar V, Bongiorno C, Nelson DB, Parepally M, Poonia A, Sharma A, Gohel S, Richter JE, Prevalence and risk factors for gastroesophageal reflux disease in an impoverished minority population. Obes Res Clin Pract 4:4(e247-342)2010 Oct-Dec

20392141. Nelson DB, Uscher-Pines L, Staples SR, Grisso JA, Childhood violence and behavioral effects among urban pregnant women. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 19:6(1177-83)2010 Jun

20379360. Short VL, Jensen JS, Nelson DB, Murray PJ, Ness RB, Haggerty CL, Mycoplasma genitalium among young, urban pregnant women. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2010:(984760)2010

19830561. Friedenberg FK, Hanlon A, Vanar V, Nehemia D, Mekapati J, Nelson DB, Richter JE, Trends in gastroesophageal reflux disease as measured by the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Dig Dis Sci 55:7(1911-7)2010 Jul

19033686. Cassilly DW, Wang YR, Friedenberg FK, Nelson DB, Maurer AH, Parkman HP, Symptoms of gastroparesis: use of the gastroparesis cardinal symptom index in symptomatic patients referred for gastric emptying scintigraphy. Digestion 78:2-3(144-51)2008

18999913. Nelson DB, Hanlon A, Hassan S, Britto J, Geifman-Holtzman O, Haggerty C, Fredricks DN, Preterm labor and bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria among urban women. J Perinat Med 37:2(130-4)2009

18300379. Ness RB, Soper DE, Richter HE, Randall H, Peipert JF, Nelson DB, Schubeck D, McNeeley SG, Trout W, Bass DC, Hutchison K, Kip K, Brunham RC, Chlamydia antibodies, chlamydia heat shock protein, and adverse sequelae after pelvic inflammatory disease: the PID Evaluation and Clinical Health (PEACH) Study. Sex Transm Dis 35:2(129-35)2008 Feb

18184644. Gomez LM, Ma Y, Ho C, McGrath CM, Nelson DB, Parry S, Placental infection with human papillomavirus is associated with spontaneous preterm delivery. Hum Reprod 23:3(709-15)2008 Mar

18166300. Trautmann GM, Kip KE, Richter HE, Soper DE, Peipert JF, Nelson DB, Trout W, Schubeck D, Bass DC, Ness RB, Do short-term markers of treatment efficacy predict long-term sequelae of pelvic inflammatory disease? Am J Obstet Gynecol 198:1(30.e1-7)2008 Jan

18091021. Nelson DB, Sammel MD, Freeman EW, Lin H, Gracia CR, Schmitz KH, Effect of physical activity on menopausal symptoms among urban women. Med Sci Sports Exerc 40:1(50-8)2008 Jan

18070232. Friedenberg FK, Palit A, Parkman HP, Hanlon A, Nelson DB, Botulinum toxin A for the treatment of delayed gastric emptying. Am J Gastroenterol 103:2(416-23)2008 Feb

17977863. Arechavaleta-Velasco F, Gomez L, Ma Y, Zhao J, McGrath CM, Sammel MD, Nelson DB, Parry S, Adverse reproductive outcomes in urban women with adeno-associated virus-2 infections in early pregnancy. Hum Reprod 23:1(29-36)2008 Jan

17666595. Freeman EW, Sammel MD, Lin H, Gracia CR, Pien GW, Nelson DB, Sheng L, Symptoms associated with menopausal transition and reproductive hormones in midlife women. Obstet Gynecol 110:2 Pt 1(230-40)2007 Aug

17546484. Nelson DB, Bellamy S, Clothier BA, Macones GA, Nachamkin I, Ruffin A, Allen-Taylor L, Friedenberg FK, Characteristics and pregnancy outcomes of pregnant women asymptomatic for bacterial vaginosis. Matern Child Health J 12:2(216-22)2008 Mar

17434499. Nelson DB, Bellamy S, Nachamkin I, Ness RB, Macones GA, Allen-Taylor L, First trimester bacterial vaginosis, individual microorganism levels, and risk of second trimester pregnancy loss among urban women. Fertil Steril 88:5(1396-403)2007 Nov

17274857. Nelson DB, Bellamy S, Odibo A, Nachamkin I, Ness RB, Allen-Taylor L, Vaginal symptoms and bacterial vaginosis (BV): how useful is self-report? Development of a screening tool for predicting BV status. Epidemiol Infect 135:8(1369-75)2007 Nov

17151383. Datner EM, Wiebe DJ, Brensinger CM, Nelson DB, Identifying pregnant women experiencing domestic violence in an urban emergency department. J Interpers Violence 22:1(124-35)2007 Jan

16910904. Sarwer DB, Allison KC, Gibbons LM, Markowitz JT, Nelson DB, Pregnancy and obesity: a review and agenda for future research. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 15:6(720-33)2006 Jul-Aug

16585466. Freeman EW, Sammel MD, Lin H, Nelson DB, Associations of hormones and menopausal status with depressed mood in women with no history of depression. Arch Gen Psychiatry 63:4(375-82)2006 Apr

19803898. Nelson DB, Treatment and management of bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy: current and future perspectives. Womens Health (Lond Engl) 2:2(267-77)2006 Mar

16260206. Macones GA, Peipert J, Nelson DB, Odibo A, Stevens EJ, Stamilio DM, Pare E, Elovitz M, Sciscione A, Sammel MD, Ratcliffe SJ, Maternal complications with vaginal birth after cesarean delivery: a multicenter study. Am J Obstet Gynecol 193:5(1656-62)2005 Nov

16199624. Coassolo KM, Stamilio DM, Paré E, Peipert JF, Stevens E, Nelson DB, Macones GA, Safety and efficacy of vaginal birth after cesarean attempts at or beyond 40 weeks of gestation. Obstet Gynecol 106:4(700-6)2005 Oct

16157110. Cahill A, Stamilio DM, Paré E, Peipert JP, Stevens EJ, Nelson DB, Macones GA, Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) attempt in twin pregnancies: is it safe? Am J Obstet Gynecol 193:3 Pt 2(1050-5)2005 Sep

16145310. Gracia CR, Freeman EW, Sammel MD, Lin H, Nelson DB, The relationship between obesity and race on inhibin B during the menopause transition. Menopause 12:5(559-66)2005 Sep-Oct

16135590. Ness RB, Trautmann G, Richter HE, Randall H, Peipert JF, Nelson DB, Schubeck D, McNeeley SG, Trout W, Bass DC, Soper DE, Effectiveness of treatment strategies of some women with pelvic inflammatory disease: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol 106:3(573-80)2005 Sep

15849530. Haggerty CL, Peipert JF, Weitzen S, Hendrix SL, Holley RL, Nelson DB, Randall H, Soper DE, Wiesenfeld HC, Ness RB, Predictors of chronic pelvic pain in an urban population of women with symptoms and signs of pelvic inflammatory disease. Sex Transm Dis 32:5(293-9)2005 May

15772558. Gracia CR, Sammel MD, Freeman EW, Lin H, Langan E, Kapoor S, Nelson DB, Defining menopause status: creation of a new definition to identify the early changes of the menopausal transition. Menopause 12:2(128-35)2005 Mar

15707559. Nelson DB, Sammel MD, Freeman EW, Gracia CR, Liu L, Langan E, Tubal ligation does not affect hormonal changes during the early menopausal transition. Contraception 71:2(104-10)2005 Feb

15705379. Freeman EW, Sammel MD, Gracia CR, Kapoor S, Lin H, Liu L, Nelson DB, Follicular phase hormone levels and menstrual bleeding status in the approach to menopause. Fertil Steril 83:2(383-92)2005 Feb

15356407. Nelson DB, Sammel MD, Freeman EW, Liu L, Langan E, Gracia CR, Predicting participation in prospective studies of ovarian aging. Menopause 11:5(543-8)2004 Sep-Oct

15284036. Ness RB, Randall H, Richter HE, Peipert JF, Montagno A, Soper DE, Sweet RL, Nelson DB, Schubeck D, Hendrix SL, Bass DC, Kip KE, Condom use and the risk of recurrent pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain, or infertility following an episode of pelvic inflammatory disease. Am J Public Health 94:8(1327-9)2004 Aug

15021443. Gracia CR, Sammel MD, Freeman EW, Liu L, Hollander L, Nelson DB, Predictors of decreased libido in women during the late reproductive years. Menopause 11:2(144-50)2004 Mar-Apr

14706945. Freeman EW, Sammel MD, Liu L, Gracia CR, Nelson DB, Hollander L, Hormones and menopausal status as predictors of depression in women in transition to menopause. Arch Gen Psychiatry 61:1(62-70)2004 Jan

14607576. Nelson DB, Grisso JA, Joffe MM, Brensinger C, Ness RB, McMahon K, Shaw L, Datner E, Violence does not influence early pregnancy loss. Fertil Steril 80:5(1205-11)2003 Nov

14505771. Nelson DB, Bellamy S, Gray TS, Nachamkin I, Self-collected versus provider-collected vaginal swabs for the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis: an assessment of validity and reliability. J Clin Epidemiol 56:9(862-6)2003 Sep

13678512. Nelson DB, McMahon K, Joffe M, Brensinger C, The effect of depressive symptoms and optimism on the risk of spontaneous abortion among innercity women. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 12:6(569-76)2003 Jul-Aug

12946038. Modugno F, Moslehi R, Ness RB, Nelson DB, Belle S, Kant JA, Wheeler JE, Wonderlick A, Fishman D, Karlan B, Risch H, Cramer DW, Dube MP, Narod SA, Reproductive factors and ovarian cancer risk in Jewish BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers (United States). Cancer Causes Control 14:5(439-46)2003 Jun

12876110. Sammel MD, Grisso JA, Freeman EW, Hollander L, Liu L, Liu S, Nelson DB, Battistini M, Weight gain among women in the late reproductive years. Fam Pract 20:4(401-9)2003 Aug

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