Amanda Simanek, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Epidemiology
School of Public Health

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PhD, Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan-School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
MPH, International Health Epidemiology, University of Michigan-School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
BA, Political Science/Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


Dr. Simanek's research centers around gaining better understanding of social patterning of infectious disease, building evidence regarding the etiologic links between infectious and chronic diseases and identifying novel pathways by which social disparities in health are perpetuated across generations and persist across the lifecourse. She has examined the association between herpes viruses as well as other chronic bacterial and parasitic infections and chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, and mood disorders as well as mortality using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Detroit Neighborhood Health Study and Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging. Most recently Dr. Simanek was funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (1R21MD012345-01A1) for a study which examines the association between maternal socioeconomic disadvantage during pregnancy, adverse birth outcomes and fetal programming of a pro-inflammatory phenotype in offspring in a Michigan population-based birth cohort. She is also currently working in collaboration with the Milwaukee Health Department to identify socioeconomic correlates of childhood vaccine rates at the neighborhood-level and with investigators from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Sister Study to assess lifecourse pathways by which socioeconomic disadvantage contributes to depression onset among women later in life.