Cristian Meghea, Ph.D. is an NIH-funded Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University. His expertise is in maternal and child health, global health, health services research, health policy, and women’s health. His research focuses on the prenatal and perinatal period as a window of opportunity to improve the long-term health of mothers and their children. He brings quantitative skills and data analysis expertise to his field of research.
Dr. Meghea was recently awarded a 5-year K01 career development award from National Institutes of Health for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in US and Romania leading to an independent research career focused on global health. The objective of this project is to adapt, enhance, and test the implementation feasibility and initial efficacy, in Romania, of an evidence-based pregnancy and postnatal couple intervention for smoking cessation. Dr. Meghea is also directing a randomized controlled trial in Romania assessing the effectiveness of a postnatal smoking relapse intervention. The long term goal of the research program is to develop, implement, and disseminate effective and sustainable interventions to prevent and reduce smoking in families over the reproductive life span.
Dr. Meghea is also leading a research and policy project that established the effectiveness of the Medicaid enhanced prenatal services program in Michigan (MIHP) using quasi-experimental methods. MIHP participation improves the healthcare utilization of mothers and infants and reduces the risk of adverse birth outcomes and infant mortality, with results published in Pediatrics, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and in JAMA Pediatrics. The research program continues as a partnership between Michigan State University and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Health Care Quality (AHRQ), W.K. Kellogg Foundation)