Diana Romero

Maternal, Child, and Reproductive Health

Diana Romero is a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Sciences and director of the Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health specialization (MCRSH) at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy in New York City.

She has conducted extensive quantitative, qualitative and mixed‐methods research in maternal, child and reproductive health, particularly among poor and low‐income communities of color. Dr. Romero’s past and current research projects on maternal and reproductive health as well as community‐engaged methods include but are not limited to: a community‐engaged focus‐group study (involving 6 languages) with community‐based organizations (CBOs) serving migrant communities regarding their access to and utilization of healthcare services; analysis of the impact of a Doula Services Intervention Program for low‐income and immigrant women implemented by local CBOs; the impact of welfare and other social policies on maternal and child health from national interview and survey data; secondary analysis of the NYC PRAMS data on postpartum depression; the Coronavirus and Pregnancy (CAP) study examining pregnancy‐ and birth‐related outcomes pre/post COVID‐19 in New York State (n=1525). This partial list of past and current research highlights Dr. Romero’s substantive background and expertise in collaborative, community‐engaged research with migrant and other vulnerable populations and stakeholders in the context of RMH and factors associated with access to effective and culturally responsive care.

CIRGH Focus Areas

Key Organizational Relationships

Member, NYC Department of Health advisory board for the CDC Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

Degrees & Training

PhD, Sociomedical Sciences

Columbia University


MPhil, Sociomedical Sciences

Columbia University


MA, Sociomedical Sciences

Columbia University


MA, Scientific Journalism

New York University


BA, Biology

New York University

Select Publications

  • (Pre-print) Cravero K, Hobbs A, Manipoud Figueroa E, Romero D (Senior Author). Supporting Organizations to Improve Migrants’ Access to Health Services in New York City. JMHEALTH-D-22-00133, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4218752
  • Manze, M., Romero, D. (Senior Author), Johnson, G., Pickering, S. (Student: Doctoral) (2022). Factors related to delays in obtaining contraception among pregnancy-capable adults in New York state during the COVID-19 pandemic: The CAP study. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 31, 100697. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8817413/pdf/main.pdf (Published.)
  • Manze, M., Romero, D., Kwan, A., Ellsworth, T. R., Jones, H. (Senior Author) (2022). Physician perspectives of abortion advocacy: Findings from a mixed-methods study. BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, 0, 1-5. https://srh.bmj.com/content/early/2022/04/07/bmjsrh-2021-201394.full (Published.)
  • McCarthy, K. J. (Student: Doctoral), Wyka, K., Romero, D., Austrian, K., Jones, H. (Senior Author) (2022). The development of adolescent agency and implications for reproductive choice among girls in Zambia. SSM – Population Health, 17, 101011. (Published.)
  • Manze, M., Romero, D., De, P., Hartnett, J. (Student: Graduate), Roberts, L. (2021). The association of pregnancy control, emotions, and beliefs with pregnancy desires: A new perspective on pregnancy intentions. PLOS One, 16(3). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249032 (Published.)
  • Romero, D., Manze, M., Goldman, D., Johnson, G. (2021). The Role of COVID-19, Race and Social Factors in Pregnancy Experiences in New York State: The CAP Study. Behavioral Medicine, 1-13. (Published.)
  • Lazarus, J., Mark, H. E., Anstee, Q. M., Arab, J. P., Batterham, R. L., Castera, L., Cortez-Pinto, H., Crespo, J., Cusi, K., Dirac, M. A., Francque, S., George, J., Hagström, H., Huang, T., Ismail, M. H., Kautz, A., Sarin, S. K., Loomba, R., Miller, V., Newsome, P. N., Ninburg, M., Ocama, P., Ratziu, V., Rinella, M., Romero, D., [Methodologist], Romero-Gómez, M., Schattenberg, J. M., Tsochatzis, E. A., Valenti, L., Wong, V. W., Yilmaz, Y., Younossi, Z. M., Zelber-Sagi, S. (2021). Advancing the global public health agenda for NAFLD: a consensus statement. Nature reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 19, 60. (Published.)