Louise H. Flick, DrPH, MSN MPE
Professor of Epidemiology; Director, Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health (MPH-MCH)
Research Interests: Maternal Child Epidemiology
Teaching Interests: Epidemiology; Maternal Child Epidemiology
Education History: DrPH, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
SLU faculty since: 1979
Louise H. Flick's, DrPH, MSN, MPE, research has focused on vulnerable populations in maternal and child health. Particular areas of study include maternal child epidemiology, surveillance of infant mortality and evaluation of community programs.
Past projects have included a randomized community trial of services for homeless, substance abusing women with children and prevention of prenatal drug abuse in federally qualified neighborhood health centers. Other studies have addressed pregnant and parenting adolescents, surveillance of infant mortality in the St. Louis region, evaluation of prenatal services to Hispanic immigrants and the impact of prenatal psychiatric illness on the child.
Dr. Flick received a DrPH in Maternal Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master's in Psychiatric Epidemiology from Washington University School of Medicine. NIMH, NIAAA and NICHD, as well as private foundations, have funded her research, which has focused on vulnerable families with children.
Her research has addressed prenatal psychiatric disorders and child development, prenatal substance abuse, measurement of parent child interaction, adolescent pregnancy, surveillance of infant mortality it's risk factors, and evaluation of community interventions to improve child health.
Her work has been published in medical, nursing and public health journals. Most recently she has been studying the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and difficulty stopping tobacco use in pregnancy and serves as the principal investigator of the Gateway Study Center of the National Children's Study and is a co-investigator on Dr. Qian's study of air pollution and preterm birth in Wuhan, China.