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Amanda Bennett, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Professor

CDC Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program Assignee to the Illinois Department of Public Health

Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Dr. Bennett has been an adjunct faculty member at the UIC School of Public Health since 2016. In this capacity, she regularly teaches the Pediatric Epidemiology course for the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology program led by the UIC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. Dr. Bennett has expertise in the field of applied maternal and child health epidemiology, with more than 12 years of experience working with state and federal public health partners in various capacities. Her current full-time position is as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention field assignee in maternal and child health epidemiology to the Illinois Department of Public Health. In this role, she provides scientific leadership and advises state maternal and child health programs on evidence-based practices.  She focuses on improving state health data systems, building data capacity, and supporting programs through surveillance, research, and evaluation.  Her current research interests include: maternal morbidity and mortality, mental health and substance use disorders among women of reproductive age, and perinatal regionalization.

Selected Publications

Reising VR, Horne AA, Bennett AC (2020). The Interaction of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Availability for Women Insured by Medicaid. Public Health Nursing. [in press]

Shah KP, deRegnier RO, Grobman WA, Bennett AC (2020). Neonatal Mortality after Inter-hospital Transfer of Pregnant Women for Imminent Very Preterm Birth, Illinois. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, 174(4): 358-365.

Labgold K, Bennett AC, Wells KM (2020). GIS Snapshot: Applications of Cluster Analysis and Cluster Ranking for Understanding the Burden of Childhood Asthma Inpatient Hospitalizations in Cook County, IL (2011-2014). Preventing Chronic Disease, 17(5).

Reising VR, Bergren MD, and Bennett A. (2019). Care and Treatment Recommendations for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder. American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 44(4): 212-218.

Bennett AC, Gibson C, Rohan AM, Howland JF, and Rankin KM. (2019). Mental Health and Substance Use-Related Hospitalizations among Women of Reproductive Age in Illinois and Wisconsin. Public Health Reports, 134(1): 17-26.

Catalano, A, Bennett A, Busacker A, Carr A, Goodman D, Kroelinger C, Okoroh E, Brantley M, and Barfield W. (2017). Implementing CDC’s Level of Care Assessment Tool (LOCATe): A National Collaboration to Improve Maternal and Child Health. Journal of Women’s Health, 26(12): 1265-1269.


PhD, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago
MPH, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago