Susan Marshall Mason, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Susan Marshall Mason

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-9556

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010

MPH, Maternal & Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

BA, Womens Studies, College of William and Mary, 2000

BS, Chemistry, College of William and Mary, 2000


My research investigates the ways that social environments influence the health of women and children. Currently, I am examining childhood maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as predictors of women's weight-related health and behaviors across the life course. To support my work in this area, I was named a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Interdisciplinary Scholar. In addition to my work on the long-term health impacts of ACEs, I am interested in health inequalities, the role of ACEs in the health of disadvantaged communities, and public health approaches to the prevention of child maltreatment and other adversities.


Social determinants of health, maternal and child health, adverse childhood experiences, child maltreatment, psychosocial stress, weight-related health, reproductive health, health inequalities, epidemiologic methods


Research Funding Grants


See more publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Mason SM, Ayour N, Canney S, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. "Intimate Partner Violence and 5-Year Weight Change in Young Women: A Longitudinal Study," Journal of Women's Health, Jan 2017
  • Watts AW, Mason SM, Loth K, Larson N, Neumark-Sztainer D. "Socioeconomic differences in overweight and weight-related behaviors across adolescence and young adulthood: 10-year longitudinal findings from Project EAT," Preventative Medicine, June 2016
  • Sundaram ME, Mason SM, Basta NE. "HPV vaccine uptake among overweight and obese US adolescents: An analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009-2014," Vaccine, May 2016
  • Mason SM, Bryn Austin S, Bakalar JL, Boynton-Jarrett R, Field AE, Gooding HC, Holsen LM, Jackson B, Neumark-Sztainer D, Sanchez M, Sogg S, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Rich-Edwards JW. "Child Maltreatment's Heavy Toll: The Need for Trauma-Informed Obesity Prevention," American Journal of Preventative Medicine, May 2016
  • Mason SM, Tobias DK, Clark CJ, Zhang C, Hu FB, Rich-Edwards JW. "Abuse in Childhood or Adolescence and Gestational Diabetes: A Retrospective Cohort Study," American Journal of Preventative Medicine, April 2016


Teaching Areas

I teach within the Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health MPH programs.



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In The Media

  • Premature babies face higher risk of maltreatment, study finds (Becker's Hospital Review)
  • Sexual assault and harassment may have lasting health repercussions for women (NPR)
  • Sexual assault and harassment may have lasting health repercussions for women (WGBH)