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Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MS

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-5616
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-8711-3029 Additional info
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    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthPhD2014Population, Family and Reproductive Health
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineMSc2007Sexual and Reproductive Health Research

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    Nadia Diamond-Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department and Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Her expertise is in maternal and child health in the developing world, with a focus on gender inequality/women's empowerment, family planning and abortion and nutrition in the preconception and pregnancy period. She is a public health demographer, and did her dissertation research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on trends and causes of son preference and uneven child sex ratios in India. Much of her research is in South Asia, although she also works in Africa, elsewhere in Asia, and some in the US and Latin America. She uses mixed method approaches to research, intervention development, and evaluation.

    She is conducting research on understanding and developing interventions to improve women's empowerment, food insecurity, and maternal and child health in newly married households in Nepal. She also works on the SPARQ project, which aims to improve person centered care for delivery, family planning and abortion in India and Kenya. She works on a number of other projects including the evaluation of mhealth interventions for maternal and child health in India, and the global Turnaway study in Nepal. She teaches courses in Demography and Research Ethics and Practices at UCSF.

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    1. Sudhinaraset M, Landrian A, Afulani PA, Diamond-Smith N, Golub G. Association between person-centered maternity care and newborn complications in Kenya. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2019 Sep 23. PMID: 31544243.
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    2. Diamond-Smith N, Phillips B, Percher J, Saxena M, Dwivedi P, Srivastava A. An intervention to improve the quality of medication abortion knowledge among pharmacists in India. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2019 Sep 06. PMID: 31489623.
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    3. Diamond-Smith NG, Dahal M, Puri M, Weiser SD. Semi-arranged marriages and dowry ambivalence: Tensions in the changing landscape of marriage formation in South Asia. Cult Health Sex. 2019 Aug 19; 1-16. PMID: 31423901.
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    4. Diamond-Smith N, Percher J, Saxena M, Dwivedi P, Srivastava A. Knowledge, provision of information and barriers to high quality medication abortion provision by pharmacists in Uttar Pradesh, India. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jul 11; 19(1):476. PMID: 31296200.
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    5. Diamond-Smith N, Conroy AA, Tsai AC, Nekkanti M, Weiser SD. Food insecurity and intimate partner violence among married women in Nepal. J Glob Health. 2019 Jun; 9(1):010412. PMID: 30774941.
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    6. Diamond-Smith N, Saikia N, Bishai D, Canudas-Romo V. What has contributed to improvements in the child sex ratio in select districts of India? A decomposition of the sex ratio at birth and child mortality. J Biosoc Sci. 2019 May 22; 1-10. PMID: 31115284.
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    7. Srivastava A, Saxena M, Percher J, Diamond-Smith N. Pathways to seeking medication abortion care: A qualitative research in Uttar Pradesh, India. PLoS One. 2019; 14(5):e0216738. PMID: 31083665.
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    8. Nimmagadda S, Gopalakrishnan L, Avula R, Dhar D, Diamond-Smith N, Fernald L, Jain A, Mani S, Menon P, Nguyen PH, Park H, Patil SR, Singh P, Walker D. Effects of an mHealth intervention for community health workers on maternal and child nutrition and health service delivery in India: protocol for a quasi-experimental mixed-methods evaluation. BMJ Open. 2019 Mar 27; 9(3):e025774. PMID: 30918034.
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    9. Diamond-Smith N, Afulani P. Measuring what matters for maternal and newborn health. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 May; 7(5):e544-e545. PMID: 30898496.
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    10. Aung T, Thet MM, Sudhinaraset M, Diamond-Smith N. Impact of a social franchise intervention program on the adoption of long and short acting family planning methods in hard to reach communities in Myanmar. J Public Health (Oxf). 2019 Mar 01; 41(1):192-200. PMID: 29538698.
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    11. Nadia Diamond-Smith, Emily Treleaven, Elizabeth Omoluabi, Jenny Liu. Comparing simulated client experiences with phone survey self-reports for measuring the quality of family planning counseling: The case of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate – subcutaneous (DMPA-SC) in Nigeria. Gates Open Research. 2019 Jan 1; 3:1092.
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    12. Mohamed D, Diamond-Smith N, Njunguru J. Stigma and agency: exploring young Kenyan women's experiences with abortion stigma and individual agency. Reprod Health Matters. 2018 Dec; 26(52):1492285. PMID: 30058955.
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    13. Rubashkin N, Warnock R, Diamond-Smith N. A systematic review of person-centered care interventions to improve quality of facility-based delivery. Reprod Health. 2018 Oct 10; 15(1):169. PMID: 30305129.
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    14. Afulani PA, Diamond-Smith N, Phillips B, Singhal S, Sudhinaraset M. Validation of the person-centered maternity care scale in India. Reprod Health. 2018 Aug 29; 15(1):147. PMID: 30157877.
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    15. Diamond-Smith N, Warnock R, Sudhinaraset M. Interventions to improve the person-centered quality of family planning services: a narrative review. Reprod Health. 2018 Aug 28; 15(1):144. PMID: 30153846.
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    16. Thet MM, Aung T, Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M. The influence of a community-level breast-feeding promotion intervention programme on breast-feeding practices in Myanmar. Public Health Nutr. 2018 11; 21(16):3091-3100. PMID: 30109844.
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    17. Sudhinaraset M, Afulani PA, Diamond-Smith N, Golub G, Srivastava A. Development of a Person-Centered Family Planning Scale in India and Kenya. Stud Fam Plann. 2018 09; 49(3):237-258. PMID: 30069983.
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    18. Liu J, Schatzkin E, Omoluabi E, Fajemisin M, Onuoha C, Erinfolami T, Ayodeji K, Ogunmola S, Shen J, Diamond-Smith N, Sieverding M. Introducing the subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable contraceptive via social marketing: lessons learned from Nigeria's private sector. Contraception. 2018 11; 98(5):438-448. PMID: 30071196.
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    19. Diamond-Smith N, Rudolph K. The association between uneven sex ratios and violence: Evidence from 6 Asian countries. PLoS One. 2018; 13(6):e0197516. PMID: 29856763.
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    20. Liu J, Shen J, Diamond-Smith N. Predictors of DMPA-SC continuation among urban Nigerian women: the influence of counseling quality and side effects. Contraception. 2018 11; 98(5):430-437. PMID: 29733817.
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    21. Moseson H, Treleaven E, Gerdts C, Diamond-Smith N. The List Experiment for Measuring Abortion: What We Know and What We Need. Stud Fam Plann. 2017 12; 48(4):397-405. PMID: 29148056.
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    22. Diamond-Smith N, Treleaven E, Murthy N, Sudhinaraset M. Women's empowerment and experiences of mistreatment during childbirth in facilities in Lucknow, India: results from a cross-sectional study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Nov 08; 17(Suppl 2):335. PMID: 29143668.
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    23. Sudhinaraset M, Afulani P, Diamond-Smith N, Bhattacharyya S, Donnay F, Montagu D. Advancing a conceptual model to improve maternal health quality: The Person-Centered Care Framework for Reproductive Health Equity. Gates Open Res. 2017 Nov 06; 1:1. PMID: 29355215.
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    24. Montagu D, Sudhinaraset M, Diamond-Smith N, Campbell O, Gabrysch S, Freedman L, Kruk ME, Donnay F. Where women go to deliver: understanding the changing landscape of childbirth in Africa and Asia. Health Policy Plan. 2017 Oct 01; 32(8):1146-1152. PMID: 28541422.
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    25. AM El Ayadi, N Diamond-Smith, C Harper, JE Kohn, C Rocca. Young women’s experience of side effects and contraceptive discontinuation. Contraception. 2017 Oct 1; 96(4):287-288.
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    26. Afulani PA, Diamond-Smith N, Golub G, Sudhinaraset M. Development of a tool to measure person-centered maternity care in developing settings: validation in a rural and urban Kenyan population. Reprod Health. 2017 Sep 22; 14(1):118. PMID: 28938885.
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    27. Nandita Saikia, Shruti Sehgal, Jayanta Kumar Bora, Nadia Diamond-Smith. Experiences of Neonatal Deaths Among Urban Poor in Metropolitan Delhi: Commination, Poor Quality, and Overwhelmed System. Journal of Social Inclusion Studies. 2017 Jun 1; 3(1-2):1-19.
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    28. Diamond-Smith N, Raj A, Prata N, Weiser SD. Associations of women's position in the household and food insecurity with family planning use in Nepal. PLoS One. 2017; 12(4):e0176127. PMID: 28453562.
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    29. Sudhinaraset M, Treleaven E, Melo J, Singh K, Diamond-Smith N. Women's status and experiences of mistreatment during childbirth in Uttar Pradesh: a mixed methods study using cultural health capital theory. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 10 28; 16(1):332. PMID: 27793115.
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    30. Vladimir Canudas-Romo, Nandita Saikia, Nadia Diamond-Smith. The contribution of age-specific mortality towards male and female life expectancy differentials in India and selected States, 1970-2013. Asia-Pacific Population Journal. 2016 Sep 8; 30(2):1-20.
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    31. Emily Treleaven, Toan Ngoc Pham, Duy Ngoc Le, Nadia Diamond-Smith, J. Colin Partridge, Hai Thanh Le. Gender disparities in child health care seeking in northern Vietnam. Asian Population Studies. 2016 Sep 1; 12(3):1-19.
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    32. Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M, Montagu D. Clinical and perceived quality of care for maternal, neonatal and antenatal care in Kenya and Namibia: the service provision assessment. Reprod Health. 2016 Aug 11; 13(1):92. PMID: 27515487.
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    33. Thet MM, Richards LM, Sudhinaraset M, Paw NE, Diamond-Smith N. Assessing Rates of Inadequate Feeding Practices Among Children 12-24 months: Results from a Cross-Sectional Survey in Myanmar. Matern Child Health J. 2016 08; 20(8):1688-95. PMID: 27003151.
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    34. Sudhinaraset M, Beyeler N, Barge S, Diamond-Smith N. Decision-making for delivery location and quality of care among slum-dwellers: a qualitative study in Uttar Pradesh, India. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 07 07; 16:148. PMID: 27387024.
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    35. Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M, Melo J, Murthy N. The relationship between women's experiences of mistreatment at facilities during childbirth, types of support received and person providing the support in Lucknow, India. Midwifery. 2016 Sep; 40:114-23. PMID: 27428107.
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    36. Diamond-Smith N, Thet MM, Khaing EE, Sudhinaraset M. Delivery and postpartum practices among new mothers in Laputta, Myanmar: intersecting traditional and modern practices and beliefs. Cult Health Sex. 2016 09; 18(9):1054-66. PMID: 27212423.
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    37. Sudhinaraset M, Melo J, Diamond-Smith N. Cross-border ties and the reproductive health of India's internal migrant women. SSM Popul Health. 2016 Dec; 2:341-349. PMID: 29349152.
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    38. Lee Ross, Kenneth Arrow, Robert Cialdini, Nadia Diamond-Smith, Joan Diamond, Jennifer Dunne, Marcus Feldman, Robert Horn, Donald Kennedy, Craig Murphy, Dennis Pirages, Kirk Smith, Richard York, Paul Ehrlich. The Climate Change Challenge and Barriers to the Exercise of Foresight Intelligence. BioScience. 2016 May 1; 66(5):363-370.
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    39. Diamond-Smith NG, Gupta M, Kaur M, Kumar R. Determinants of Persistent Anemia in Poor, Urban Pregnant Women of Chandigarh City, North India: A Mixed Method Approach. Food Nutr Bull. 2016 06; 37(2):132-43. PMID: 27009090.
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    40. Sudhinaraset M, Diamond-Smith N, Thet MM, Aung T. Influence of internal migration on reproductive health in Myanmar: results from a recent cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health. 2016 Mar 09; 16:246. PMID: 26961883.
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    41. Ross L, Arrow K, Cialdini R, Diamond-Smith N, Diamond J, Dunne J, Feldman M, Horn R, Kennedy D, Murphy C, Pirages D, Smith K, York R, Ehrlich P.The climate change challenge and barriers to the exercise of foresight intelligence. Bioscience. 2016.
    42. Nadia Diamond-Smith, David Bishai, Omaima El Gibaly. Inter-generational co-residence and women's work and leisure time in Egypt. Demographic Research. 2015 Oct 28; 33:909-938.
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    43. Thet MM, Khaing EE, Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M, Oo S, Aung T. Barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in the Ayeyarwaddy Region in Myanmar: Qualitative findings from mothers, grandmothers, and husbands. Appetite. 2016 Jan 01; 96:62-69. PMID: 26344810.
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    44. Diamond-Smith N, Bishai D. Evidence of Self-correction of Child Sex Ratios in India: A District-Level Analysis of Child Sex Ratios From 1981 to 2011. Demography. 2015 Apr; 52(2):641-66. PMID: 25504536.
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    45. Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M. Drivers of facility deliveries in Africa and Asia: regional analyses using the demographic and health surveys. Reprod Health. 2015 Jan 16; 12:6. PMID: 25595063.
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    46. Canudas-Romo, V., Saikai, N. and Diamond-Smith, N.“The contribution of age-specific mortality towards male and female life expectancy differentials in India and selected States, 1970-2013.”. Asia-Pacific Population Journal. 2015; 2(30):1-20.
    47. Diamond-Smith, N., O. El-Gibaly, and Bishai, D.Inter-generational Co-residence and Women’s Work and Leisure in Egypt. Demographic Research. 2015; (33):909-938.
    48. Diamond-Smith NG, Moreau C, Bishai DM. Reducing unintended pregnancies: a microsimulation of contraceptive switching, discontinuation, and failure patterns in france. Stud Fam Plann. 2014 Dec; 45(4):429-41. PMID: 25469928.
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    49. Diamond-Smith N, Bishai D, Perry E, Shields W, Gielen A. Economic evaluation of smoke alarm distribution methods in Baltimore, Maryland. Inj Prev. 2014 Aug; 20(4):251-7. PMID: 24154622.
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    50. Diamond-Smith N, Campbell M, Madan S. Misinformation and fear of side-effects of family planning. Cult Health Sex. 2012; 14(4):421-33. PMID: 22390371.
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    51. Diamond-Smith N, Potts M. A woman cannot die from a pregnancy she does not have. Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2011 Sep; 37(3):155-8. PMID: 21988792.
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    52. Nadia Diamond-Smith, Kirk R. Smith, Nuriye Nalan Sahin Hodoglugil. Climate change and population in the Muslim world. International Journal of Environmental Studies. 2011 Feb 1; 68(1):1-8.
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    53. Khalili M, Guy J, Yu A, Li A, Diamond-Smith N, Stewart S, Chen M, Nguyen T. Hepatitis B and hepatocellular carcinoma screening among Asian Americans: survey of safety net healthcare providers. Dig Dis Sci. 2011 May; 56(5):1516-23. PMID: 21046247.
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    54. Nadia Diamond-Smith, Malcolm Potts. Are the population policies of India and China responsible for the fertility decline?. International Journal of Environmental Studies. 2010 Jun 1; 67(3):291-301.
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    55. Diamond-Smith, N., Smith, K. and Sahin Hodoglugil, N.Climate Change and Population in the Muslim World. International Journal of Environmental Studies. 2010; 1(68):1-8.
    56. Diamond-Smith, N. and Potts, M.Are the population policies of India and China responsible for the fertility decline?. International Journal of Environmental Studies. 2010; 3(67):291–301.
    57. Diamond-Smith N, Singh N, Gupta RK, Dash A, Thimasarn K, Campbell OM, Chandramohan D. Estimating the burden of malaria in pregnancy: a case study from rural Madhya Pradesh, India. Malar J. 2009 Feb 12; 8:24. PMID: 19210797.
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    58. Diamond-Smith N, Luke N, McGarvey S. 'Too many girls, too much dowry': son preference and daughter aversion in rural Tamil Nadu, India. Cult Health Sex. 2008 Oct; 10(7):697-708. PMID: 18821352.
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