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Kristine A. Siefert

Edith S. Gomberg Collegiate Professor Emerita of Social Work

Kristine A. Siefert

Kristine Siefert’s research focuses on identifying modifiable social, behavioral, and environmental determinants of health, with an emphasis on addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health disparities.

Siefert joined the faculty in of the School of Social Work in 1979. She held the Edith S. Gomberg Collegiate Professorship in Social Work from 2007 until her retirement in 2012. She also served as associate dean for academic affairs and assistant dean for research.

In 2003, a survey published in Social Work Research named her one of the most influential researchers in social work. In 2012, she was named a trailblazer in public health social work by the Public Health Social Work Section of the American Public Health Association.

Research Interests/Focus

Racial/ethnic health disparities, poverty, food insecurity, pregnancy outcome, maternal depression


Year Degree   School
1980 PhD Social Work University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1979 MPH Maternal and Child Health University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1975 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1972 AB English University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Watkins, D. C., Hudson, D. L., Caldwell, C. H., Siefert, K., & Jackson, J. S. (2011). Discrimination, mastery, and depressive symptoms among African American men. Research on Social Work Practice, 21(3), 269-277.

Sohrsdahl, K., Slopen, N., Siefert, K., Seedat, S., Stein, D. J., & Williams, D. R. (2011). Household food insufficiency and mental health in South Africa. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 65, 426-431.

Ranjit, N., Siefert, K., & Padmanabhan, V. (2010). Bisphenol-A and disparities in birth outcomes: A review and directions for future research. Journal of Perinatology, 30(1), 2-9.

Finlayson, T., Williams, D. R., Siefert, K., Jackson, J. S., & Nowjack-Raymer, R. (2010). Oral health disparities and psychosocial correlates of self-rated oral health in the National Survey of American Life. American Journal of Public Health, 100(S1), S246-255.

Xu, X., Siefert, K., Jacobson, P. D., Lori, J. R., & Ransom, S. B. (2009). Malpractice burden, rural location, and discontinuation of obstetric care: A study of obstetric providers in Michigan. Journal of Rural Health, 25(1), 33-42.

Xu, X., Grigorescu, V., Siefert, K., Lori, J., & Ransom, S. B. (2009). Cost of racial disparity in the rate of preterm birth: Evidence from Michigan. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20(3), 729-747.

Gavin, A., Holzman, C., Siefert, K., & Tian, Y. (2009). Maternal depressive symptoms, depression and psychiatric medication use in relation to risk of preterm delivery. Women's Health Issues, 19, 325-334.

Kubiak, S. P., & Siefert, K. (2008). Depression in African American and white women convicted of a felony drug offense. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 8(3), 322-342.

Siefert, K. (2008). Hunger, nutrition, and food programs. In Encyclopedia of Social Work. Oxford University Press.

Padmanabhan, V., Siefert, K., Anderson, E., Pinkerton, J., Ransom, S., & Tao, L. (2008). Maternal bisphenol-A concentrations at delivery: A looming problem? Journal of Perinatology, 28(4), 258-263.

Xu, X., Siefert, K., Jacobson, P. D., Lori, J. R., & Ransom, S. B. (2008). The effects of medical liability on obstetric care supply in Michigan. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 198(2), 205.e1-9.

Xu, X., Lori, J. R., Siefert, K., Jacobson, P. D., & Ransom, S. B. (2008). Malpractice liability burden in midwifery: A survey of Michigan certified nurse-midwives. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 53(1), 19-27.

Xu, X., Siefert, K., Jacobson, P. D., Lori, J. R., & Ransom, S. B. (2008). The impact of malpractice burden on Michigan obstetrician-gynecologists' career satisfaction. Women's Health Issues, 18(4), 229-237.

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