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 recently received an R21 award from the NIH Fogarty International Center and National Cancer Institute for his project titled: MOBILE HEALTH INTERVENTION FOR FAMILY SMOKING CESSATION IN ROMANIA. The objectives of this project are to determine in a randomized controlled pilot trial (RCT) whether a mHealth couples intervention shows promise in increasing smoking cessation among pregnant couples who smoke and to build mHealth research capacity in Romania. The project builds on his ongoing NIH-funded Quit Together (Renunt in Doi) pregnancy smoking cessation counseling intervention, a US-Romania partnership, and his mHealth intervention to prevent postnatal smoking relapse, a US-Romania-Belgium partnership.
The Quit Together intervention is part of Dr. Meghea’s 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 policy-relevant research program 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.
Dr. Meghea’s work has been published in high-impact journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and 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)