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Margaret Anne McConnell, Ph.D.

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My research applies tools from economics to answer questions about how to improve health outcomes for marginalized populations, with a particular focus on behavioral economic theory, experimental methods and impact evaluation strategies. I have been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than five randomized control trials within both low-income populations in the U.S. and within low income countries. My research has consistently focused on deepening our understanding of the choices and preferences of women during the critical periods of pregnancy, postpartum and early childhood in order to better tailor interventions to these specific contexts and constraints. I enjoy broad collaboration with social scientists, physicians and health services researchers.

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  1. Passarelli S, Sudfeld C, Davison K, Fawzi W, Donato K, Tessema M, Gunaratna NS, De Groote H, Cohen J, McConnell M. Caregivers Systematically Overestimate Their Child's Height-for-age Relative to Other Children in Rural Ethiopia. J Nutr. 2022 Jan 31. PMID: 35102394.
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  2. McConnell M, Mahajan M, Bauhoff S, Croke K, Verguet S, Castro MC, Furtado KM, Mehndiratta A, Farzana M, Rashid SF, Cash R. How are health workers paid and does it matter? Conceptualising the potential implications of digitising health worker payments. BMJ Glob Health. 2022 01; 7(1). PMID: 35078811.
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  3. Passarelli S, Ambikapathi R, Gunaratna NS, Madzorera I, Canavan CR, Noor RA, Tewahido D, Berhane Y, Sibanda S, Sibanda LM, Madzivhandila T, Munthali BLM, McConnell M, Sudfeld C, Davison K, Fawzi W. The role of chicken management practices in children's exposure to environmental contamination: a mixed-methods analysis. BMC Public Health. 2021 06 08; 21(1):1097. PMID: 34103022.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  4. Clarke-Deelder E, Suharlim C, Chatterjee S, Brenzel L, Ray A, Cohen JL, McConnell M, Resch SC, Menzies NA. Impact of campaign-style delivery of routine vaccines: a quasi-experimental evaluation using routine health services data in India. Health Policy Plan. 2021 May 17; 36(4):454-463. PMID: 33734362.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  5. Özçelik EA, Massuda A, McConnell M, Castro MC. Assessing the performance of beneficiary targeting in Brazil's More Doctors Programme. Health Policy Plan. 2021 Mar 26; 36(2):149-161. PMID: 33448298.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Stein DT, Golub G, Rothschild CW, Nyakora G, Cohen J, McConnell M. Bypassing high-quality maternity facilities: evidence from pregnant women in peri-urban Nairobi. Health Policy Plan. 2021 Mar 03; 36(1):84-92. PMID: 33263768.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. McConnell MA, Zhou RA, Martin MW, Gourevitch RA, Steenland M, Bates MA, Zera C, Hacker M, Chien A, Baicker K. Protocol for a randomized controlled trial evaluating the impact of the Nurse-Family Partnership's home visiting program in South Carolina on maternal and child health outcomes. Trials. 2020 Dec 04; 21(1):997. PMID: 33276816.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  8. Parker MG, Garg A, McConnell MA. Addressing Childhood Poverty in Pediatric Clinical Settings: The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Is a Missed Opportunity. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 12 01; 174(12):1135-1136. PMID: 32926154.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Donato K, McConnell M, Han D, Gunaratna NS, Tessema M, De Groote H, Cohen J. Behavioural insights to support increased consumption of quality protein maize by young children: a cluster randomised trial in Ethiopia. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 12; 5(12). PMID: 33355261.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  10. Han D, Khadka A, McConnell M, Cohen J. Association of Unexpected Newborn Deaths With Changes in Obstetric and Neonatal Process of Care. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 12 01; 3(12):e2024589. PMID: 33284335.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Özçelik EA, Massuda A, McConnell M, Castro MC. Impact of Brazil's More Doctors Program on hospitalizations for primary care sensitive cardiovascular conditions. SSM Popul Health. 2020 Dec; 12:100695. PMID: 33319027.
    Citations: 1     
  12. Passarelli S, Ambikapathi R, Gunaratna NS, Madzorera I, Canavan CR, Noor AR, Worku A, Berhane Y, Abdelmenan S, Sibanda S, Munthali B, Madzivhandila T, Sibanda LM, Geremew K, Dessie T, Abegaz S, Assefa G, Sudfeld C, McConnell M, Davison K, Fawzi W. A Chicken Production Intervention and Additional Nutrition Behavior Change Component Increased Child Growth in Ethiopia: A Cluster-Randomized Trial. J Nutr. 2020 10 12; 150(10):2806-2817. PMID: 32652012.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  13. Khadka A, Fink G, Gromis A, McConnell M. In utero exposure to threat of evictions and preterm birth: Evidence from the United States. Health Serv Res. 2020 10; 55 Suppl 2:823-832. PMID: 32976630.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Harris K, Sivamurthy S, Mohiuddin H, Aguila Gonzalez A, Bui T, Andrews K, Cohen J, McConnell M, Ahlers-Schmidt C. Contraceptive Counseling in the Postpartum Period: Could Pediatricians Have a Role? Matern Child Health J. 2020 Jul; 24(7):923-931. PMID: 32372242.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Andrews KG, Martin MW, Shenberger E, Pereira S, Fink G, McConnell M. Financial Support to Medicaid-Eligible Mothers Increases Caregiving for Preterm Infants. Matern Child Health J. 2020 May; 24(5):587-600. PMID: 32277384.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Ortblad KF, Chanda MM, Mwale M, Haberer JE, McConnell M, Oldenburg CE, Bärnighausen T. Perceived Knowledge of HIV-Negative Status Increases Condom Use Among Female Sex Workers in Zambian Transit Towns. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2020 04; 34(4):184-192. PMID: 32324483.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  17. Karletsos D, Greenbaum CR, Kobayashi E, McConnell M. Willingness to use PrEP among female university students in Lesotho. PLoS One. 2020; 15(3):e0230565. PMID: 32231394.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  18. Ortblad KF, Musoke DK, Chanda MM, Ngabirano T, Velloza J, Haberer JE, McConnell M, Oldenburg CE, Bärnighausen T. Knowledge of HIV Status Is Associated With a Decrease in the Severity of Depressive Symptoms Among Female Sex Workers in Uganda and Zambia. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 01 01; 83(1):37-46. PMID: 31633611.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. McConnell M, Rogers W, Simeonova E, Wilson IB. Architecting Process of Care: A randomized controlled study evaluating the impact of providing nonadherence information and pharmacist assistance to physicians. Health Serv Res. 2020 02; 55(1):136-145. PMID: 31835278.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Steenland M, Dula J, de Albuquerque A, Fernandes Q, Cuco RM, Chicumbe S, Gudo ES, Sequeira S, McConnell M. Effects of appointment scheduling on waiting time and utilisation of antenatal care in Mozambique. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(6):e001788. PMID: 31803509.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    
  21. Gong E, Dula J, Alberto C, de Albuquerque A, Steenland M, Fernandes Q, Cuco RM, Sequeira S, Chicumbe S, Gudo ES, McConnell M. Client experiences with antenatal care waiting times in southern Mozambique. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Aug 01; 19(1):538. PMID: 31370854.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Siam ZA, McConnell M, Golub G, Nyakora G, Rothschild C, Cohen J. Accuracy of patient perceptions of maternity facility quality and the choice of providers in Nairobi, Kenya: a cohort study. BMJ Open. 2019 07 30; 9(7):e029486. PMID: 31366657.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  23. Lewis TP, Andrews KG, Shenberger E, Betancourt TS, Fink G, Pereira S, McConnell M. Caregiving can be costly: A qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to conducting kangaroo mother care in a US tertiary hospital neonatal intensive care unit. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Jul 04; 19(1):227. PMID: 31272398.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Ortblad KF, Musoke DK, Ngabirano T, Salomon JA, Haberer JE, McConnell M, Oldenburg CE, Bärnighausen T. Is knowledge of HIV status associated with sexual behaviours? A fixed effects analysis of a female sex worker cohort in urban Uganda. J Int AIDS Soc. 2019 07; 22(7):e25336. PMID: 31287625.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  25. Chukwuma A, Mbachu C, McConnell M, Bossert TJ, Cohen J. The impact of monetary incentives on referrals by traditional birth attendants for postnatal care in Nigeria. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 May 20; 19(1):150. PMID: 31104629.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Ortblad KF, Kibuuka Musoke D, Ngabirano T, Nakitende A, Harling G, Haberer JE, McConnell M, Salomon JA, Oldenburg CE, Bärnighausen T. The Effect of HIV Self-Testing Delivery Models on Female Sex Workers' Sexual Behaviors: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Urban Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2019 May; 23(5):1225-1239. PMID: 30652205.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  27. Tessema M, Gunaratna NS, Brouwer ID, Donato K, Cohen JL, McConnell M, Belachew T, Belayneh D, De Groote H. Associations among High-Quality Protein and Energy Intake, Serum Transthyretin, Serum Amino Acids and Linear Growth of Children in Ethiopia. Nutrients. 2018 Nov 16; 10(11). PMID: 30453477.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. McConnell M, Rothschild CW, Ettenger A, Muigai F, Cohen J. Free contraception and behavioural nudges in the postpartum period: evidence from a randomised control trial in Nairobi, Kenya. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(5):e000888. PMID: 30364345.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    
  29. Hu J, Geldsetzer P, Steele SJ, Matthews P, Ortblad K, Solomon T, Shroufi A, van Cutsem G, Tanser F, Wyke S, Vollmer S, Pillay D, McConnell M, Bärnighausen T. The impact of lay counselors on HIV testing rates: quasi-experimental evidence from lay counselor redeployment in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS. 2018 09 10; 32(14):2067-2073. PMID: 29912066.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  30. Ortblad KF, Musoke DK, Ngabirano T, Nakitende A, Haberer JE, McConnell M, Salomon JA, Bärnighausen T, Oldenburg CE. Female Sex Workers Often Incorrectly Interpret HIV Self-Test Results in Uganda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 09 01; 79(1):e42-e45. PMID: 29847478.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Chukwuma A, Mbachu C, Cohen J, Bossert T, McConnell M. "Once the delivery is done, they have finished": a qualitative study of perspectives on postnatal care referrals by traditional birth attendants in Ebonyi state, Nigeria. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Dec 19; 17(1):429. PMID: 29258459.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Ortblad K, Kibuuka Musoke D, Ngabirano T, Nakitende A, Magoola J, Kayiira P, Taasi G, Barresi LG, Haberer JE, McConnell MA, Oldenburg CE, Bärnighausen T. Direct provision versus facility collection of HIV self-tests among female sex workers in Uganda: A cluster-randomized controlled health systems trial. PLoS Med. 2017 Nov; 14(11):e1002458. PMID: 29182634.
    Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  33. Cohen J, Rothschild C, Golub G, Omondi GN, Kruk ME, McConnell M. Measuring The Impact Of Cash Transfers And Behavioral 'Nudges' On Maternity Care In Nairobi, Kenya. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 11; 36(11):1956-1964. PMID: 29137506.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Cohen J, Lofgren K, McConnell M. Precommitment, Cash Transfers, and Timely Arrival for Birth: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Nairobi Kenya. Am Econ Rev. 2017 05; 107(5):501-5. PMID: 29553629.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Kusuma D, McConnell M, Berman P, Cohen J. The impact of household and community cash transfers on children's food consumption in Indonesia. Prev Med. 2017 Jul; 100:152-158. PMID: 28450125.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Rockers PC, McConnell M. Child Gender and Parental Reporting of Illness Symptoms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Apr; 96(4):994-1000. PMID: 28138051.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Cohen J, Golub G, Kruk ME, McConnell M. Do active patients seek higher quality prenatal care?: A panel data analysis from Nairobi, Kenya. Prev Med. 2016 11; 92:74-81. PMID: 27667338.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Kusuma D, Cohen J, McConnell M, Berman P. Can cash transfers improve determinants of maternal mortality? Evidence from the household and community programs in Indonesia. Soc Sci Med. 2016 08; 163:10-20. PMID: 27376594.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. McConnell M, Ettenger A, Rothschild CW, Muigai F, Cohen J. Can a community health worker administered postnatal checklist increase health-seeking behaviors and knowledge?: evidence from a randomized trial with a private maternity facility in Kiambu County, Kenya. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 06 04; 16(1):136. PMID: 27260500.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Danias PG, Stuber M, McConnell MV, Manning WJ. The diagnosis of congenital coronary anomalies with magnetic resonance imaging. Coron Artery Dis. 2001 Dec; 12(8):621-6. PMID: 11811327.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Stuber M, Botnar RM, Danias PG, McConnell MV, Kissinger KV, Yucel EK, Manning WJ. Contrast agent-enhanced, free-breathing, three-dimensional coronary magnetic resonance angiography. J Magn Reson Imaging. 1999 Nov; 10(5):790-9. PMID: 10548790.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. McConnell MV, Aikawa M, Maier SE, Ganz P, Libby P, Lee RT. MRI of rabbit atherosclerosis in response to dietary cholesterol lowering. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 1999 Aug; 19(8):1956-9. PMID: 10446077.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  43. Nass N, McConnell MV, Goldhaber SZ, Chyu S, Solomon SD. Recovery of regional right ventricular function after thrombolysis for pulmonary embolism. Am J Cardiol. 1999 Mar 01; 83(5):804-6, A10. PMID: 10080447.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. McConnell MV, Vavouranakis I, Wu LL, Vaughan DE, Ridker PM. Effects of a single, daily alcoholic beverage on lipid and hemostatic markers of cardiovascular risk. Am J Cardiol. 1997 Nov 01; 80(9):1226-8. PMID: 9359559.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Danias PG, McConnell MV, Khasgiwala VC, Chuang ML, Edelman RR, Manning WJ. Prospective navigator correction of image position for coronary MR angiography. Radiology. 1997 Jun; 203(3):733-6. PMID: 9169696.
    Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. McConnell MV, Khasgiwala VC, Savord BJ, Chen MH, Chuang ML, Edelman RR, Manning WJ. Prospective adaptive navigator correction for breath-hold MR coronary angiography. Magn Reson Med. 1997 Jan; 37(1):148-52. PMID: 8978644.
    Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  47. Ganz P, Creager MA, Fang JC, McConnell MV, Lee RT, Libby P, Selwyn AP. Pathogenic mechanisms of atherosclerosis: effect of lipid lowering on the biology of atherosclerosis. Am J Med. 1996 Oct 08; 101(4A):4A10S-16S. PMID: 8900332.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. McConnell MV, Solomon SD, Rayan ME, Come PC, Goldhaber SZ, Lee RT. Regional right ventricular dysfunction detected by echocardiography in acute pulmonary embolism. Am J Cardiol. 1996 Aug 15; 78(4):469-73. PMID: 8752195.
    Citations: 116     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. McConnell MV, Ganz P, Selwyn AP, Li W, Edelman RR, Manning WJ. Identification of anomalous coronary arteries and their anatomic course by magnetic resonance coronary angiography. Circulation. 1995 Dec 01; 92(11):3158-62. PMID: 7586298.
    Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. McConnell ML. Living with Roe v. Wade. Commentary. 1990 Nov; 90(5):34-8. PMID: 11656047.
    Citations:    Translation:Humans
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