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Research Specialist


PhD, Epidemiology, West Virginia University
BS, Biomedical Engineering, West Virginia University

Madelin (she/her) started her time at Health Affairs as a student researcher working on the Mindfulness Based Resilience Training (MBRT) project and transitioned into her current role as a research specialist in August 2023. Since then, she has been part of the Mountain State Assessment of Trends in Community Health (MATCH), the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) project, and the Direct Care Workforce Capacity project (DCWC) projects. Madelin’s primary focuses are quantitative research and study design which include tasks such as data analysis, methodology design, quantitative coding, repor writing, and evaluation. 

Before joining Health Affairs, Madelin focused her research career in the maternal health and mental health fields. Madelin’s academic background in biomedical engineering and epidemiology give Madelin the opportunity to bring different perspectives to data analysis and methodology to the team environment at Health Affairs. While maternal health is her passion Madelin has a special interest in population health and the health of her home state of West Virginia as a whole. 


Published Works:

  • Gardner, M., Umer, A., Hendricks, B., Rudisill, T., Lefeber, C., John, C., & Lilly, C. Maternal Age and Inadequate Prenatal Care in West Virginia: A Project WATCH Study. The Journal of Appalachian Health. Accepted
  • Gardner, M., Umer, A., Hendricks, B., Rudisill, T., Lefeber, C., John, C., & Lilly, C. Prenatal care and infant outcomes of teenage births: a Project WATCH study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 10.1186/s12884-023-05662-x
  • Zullig, K. J., & Gardner, M. (2022). A profile of students who reported mask mandates violate civil liberties during COVID-19. American Journal of Health Behavior, 46(4), 456–466. https://doi.org/10.5993/ajhb.46.4.6