Susan Marshall Mason, PhD, MPH

Associate 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


As a social epidemiologist, my research focuses on the population health impacts of adverse and traumatic experiences, including childhood abuse and neglect, sexual violence, racial segregation, and other forms of violence and social marginalization. These adverse and traumatic experiences are highly prevalent and have impacts on numerous health outcomes of major public health importance. The overarching goal of my work is to advance the evidence base for clinical practice and public health action to prevent these adversities and their negative health impacts.


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

  • 2017, NIH, "Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Interdisciplinary Scholar"
  • 2016–2017, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Interdisciplinary Research Leaders," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2017, NIH NHLBI, "Project EAT-IV: Eating and Activity in Adolescents and Young Adults," Co-Investigator
  • 2018-2022, NIH/NICHD, "Maternal early adversities and weight during childbearing," Principal Investigator
  • 2018-2020, NIH/NIDDK, "Adverse childhood experiences and obesity in emerging adults: mixed methods study," Principal Investigator
  • 2018-2019, Hennepin-University Collaboration Grants, "Understanding the complex needs of parents involved in Hennepin County’s Child Protection Defense Unit," Co-Principal Investigator


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.



In The News

SPH News

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)