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Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MS

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentEpidemiology & Biostatistics
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-476-5616
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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 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 is planning to conduct 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 teaches courses in Demography and Global Women's Health at UCSF.


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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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 Oct 28; 16(1):332. PMID: 27793115.
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    5. 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; PMCID: PMC4981972.
    6. 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 Aug; 20(8):1688-95. PMID: 27003151.
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    7. 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 Jul 07; 16:148. PMID: 27387024; PMCID: PMC4936160.
    8. 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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    9. 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 Sep; 18(9):1054-66. PMID: 27212423.
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    10. Diamond-Smith N, 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 Jun; 37(2):132-43. PMID: 27009090.
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    11. 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; PMCID: PMC4784279.
    12. 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.
    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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; PMCID: PMC4320522.
    16. 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.
    17. 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.
    18. Diamond-Smith N, 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; PMCID: PMC4457279.
    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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; PMCID: PMC3082048.
    23. 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.
    24. 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.
    25. 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; PMCID: PMC2647551.
    26. 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; PMCID: PMC3665272.
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