Adaeze Wosu, MPH

Doctoral StudentAWosu
Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Former Research Analyst
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Research Interests:

In her position as a research analyst, Adaeze was involved in diverse projects focused on the linkages between psychosocial stressors and health at different stages of the life course. She was involved in the design, implementation and analysis of studies such as the Community-Based Study for the Analysis of Cortisol in Hair (COACH), which examined the feasibility of collecting hair for extraction of cortisol in a diverse sample of adults in the Boston area, and in the Web-Based Study of Shiftworkers (WEBS) which used the internet to recruit low-income shift workers. She was also first author on a series of reviews that synthesized the epidemiologic literature on the relationship between early life stressors and mental health and pregnancy outcomes (depression, PTSD, and preterm birth) in pregnant and postpartum women. Adaeze is currently a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the General Epidemiology and Methodology track.

Selected Publications:

  • Wosu, A.C., Valdimarsdóttir, U., Shields, A.E., Williams, D.R. and Williams, M.A., 2013. Correlates of cortisol in human hair: implications for epidemiologic studies on health effects of chronic stress. Annals of epidemiology, 23(12), pp.797-811.
  • Wosu, A.C., Gelaye, B., Valdimarsdóttir, U., Kirschbaum, C., Stalder, T., Shields, A.E. and Williams, M.A., 2015. Hair cortisol in relation to sociodemographic and lifestyle characteristics in a multiethnic US sample. Annals of epidemiology, 25(2), pp.90-95.
  • Wosu, A.C., Gelaye, B. and Williams, M.A., 2015. History of childhood sexual abuse and risk of prenatal and postpartum depression or depressive symptoms: an epidemiologic review. Archives of women’s mental health, pp.1-13.
  • Wosu, A.C., Gelaye, B. and Williams, M.A., 2014. Childhood sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder among pregnant and postpartum women: review of the literature. Archives of women’s mental health, 18(1), pp.61-72.