Dona Schneider , Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor and Associate Dean for Programs Rutgers University, Bloustein SchoolEOHSI – Environmental Health Policy
Work Phone: 848-932-2945
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Dona Schneider is Professor and Associate Dean for Programs at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Schneider teaches epidemiology at both Rutgers and the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. She serves as article, book and grant reviewer for more than 30 journals, agencies and publishing houses; and has served as thesis chair for more than 35 graduate students. Her research record includes more than 100 refereed journal articles, books and book chapters, mostly focusing on mortality, morbidity and risk factors for disease, especially for children and minorities. Dr. Schneider also serves as PI for the HIV Community Prevention, Support and Development Initiative (HIV CPSDI), a Bloustein unit that trains and provides technical assistance to community-based organizations working to prevent the spread of HIV in New Jersey.

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Research Areas

Health and Policy Issues Facing American Children and Minorities; Mortality; Morbidity; and High Risk Behaviors

Scholarly Activities

  • 2005 Recognition Award for Service to the Editorial Board, American Journal of Public Health
  • 2004 Recognition Award for Public Service, NJ HIV Community Planning Group
  • 2002 Recognition for Public Service – Township of Princeton, NJ
  • 2002 University of Medicine and Dentistry Foundation Teaching Award
  • 2002 Elected to Delta Omega – Honorary Society for Public Health
  • 1997 Elected Fellow – American College of Epidemiology
  • 1996 Special Service Award – Rutgers Academy of Life-long Learning
  • 1991 Elected to Miami Group for Young Scholars – Association of American Geographers
  • 1989 Special Service Award – Princeton Joint Environmental Commission
  • 1985 Jacques M. May Thesis Prize – Association of American Geographers
  • 1979 Phi Kappa Phi, Summa Cum Laude, Trenton State College

Recent Publications

  1. Greenberg, M, Schneider, D Population density: What does it really mean in geographical health studies?. Health Place. 2023;81 :103001. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103001. PubMed PMID:36947902
  2. Black, CM, Vesco, KK, Mehta, V, Ohman-Strickland, P, Demissie, K, Schneider, D. Costs of Severe Maternal Morbidity in U.S. Commercially Insured and Medicaid Populations: An Updated Analysis. Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle). 2021;2 (1):443-451. doi: 10.1089/whr.2021.0026. PubMed PMID:34671765 PubMed Central PMC8524749
  3. Black, CM, Vesco, KK, Mehta, V, Ohman-Strickland, P, Demissie, K, Schneider, D. Hospital Readmission Following Delivery With and Without Severe Maternal Morbidity. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021;30 (12):1736-1743. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2020.8815. PubMed PMID:33978478
  4. Black, CM, Vesco, KK, Mehta, V, Ohman-Strickland, P, Demissie, K, Schneider, D. Incidence of Severe Maternal Morbidity During Delivery Hospitalization in U.S. Commercially Insured and Medicaid Populations. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022;31 (1):91-99. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2020.8556. PubMed PMID:33891488
  5. Schneider, D, Greenberg, MR. Urban Planning and Public Health:: Synergies for Achieving a Healthy Delaware. Dela J Public Health. 2018;4 (2):56-63. doi: 10.32481/djph.2018.03.011. PubMed PMID:34466965 PubMed Central PMC8396702
  6. Gezmu, T, Schneider, D, Demissie, K, Lin, Y, Gizzi, MS. Risk factors for acute stroke among South Asians compared to other racial/ethnic groups. PLoS One. 2014;9 (9):e108901. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108901. PubMed PMID:25268987 PubMed Central PMC4182514
  7. Gezmu, T, Schneider, D, Demissie, K, Lin, Y, Giordano, C, Gizzi, MS. Lipid profiles and ischemic stroke risk: variations by sex within racial/ethnic groups. Int J Womens Health. 2014;6 :585-95. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S61274. PubMed PMID:24940081 PubMed Central PMC4051728
  8. Gezmu, T, Gizzi, MS, Kirmani, JF, Schneider, D, Moussavi, M. Disparities in acute stroke severity, outcomes, and care relative to health insurance status. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014;23 (2):e93-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2013.08.027. PubMed PMID:24103662
  9. Schneider, D, Colaco, M, Markowski, P, Barone, JG. Urinary dysfunction in children is associated with exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. J Pediatr Urol. 2013;9 (6 Pt B):1116-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jpurol.2013.04.009. PubMed PMID:23702349
  10. Schneider, D, Yamamoto, A, Barone, JG. Evaluation of consistency between physician clinical impression and 3 validated survey instruments for measuring lower urinary tract symptoms in children. J Urol. 2011;186 (1):261-5. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2011.03.049. PubMed PMID:21600599
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