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610 Walnut St
Madison, WI 53726

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Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH

  • Professor of Population Health Sciences, and of Pediatrics
  • Waisman Center Investigator
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Population & Health Sciences
  • Director of the Population & Health Graduate Program


Maureen Durkin received her undergraduate degree and PhD in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her MPH and DrPH degrees in epidemiology from Columbia University. Her research interests include the epidemiology, prevention, antecedents and consequences of neurodevelopmental disabilities and childhood injuries, both globally and within the United States. She has collaborated in the development of cross-cultural methods for screening for developmental disabilities and methods for surveillance of childhood injuries, and has directed international studies of the prevalence and causes of neurodevelopmental disabilities in low-income countries. She has also directed a cohort study of neuropsychological outcomes of neonatal brain injuries associated with preterm birth and with metabolic disorders detected on newborn screening, and is currently a Waisman Center investigator and principal investigator on the Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities System.

  • Topics in Epidemiology: Global Health
  • Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Disability
  • Design and Conduct of Observational Epidemiologic Studies

 Research Weblinks:


  • Wisconsin Public Health and Health Policy Institiute
  • Center for Demography and Ecology
  • Global Health Institute
  • University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilites, Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilites (LEND) Training Program
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network
  • World Health Organization, Consultation on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disorders
  • UNICEF, Consultation on Methods for the Assessment of Developmental Disabilities
  • Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • International Society for Autism Research
  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability

Select Publications

Durkin MS, Maenner MJ, Newschaffer CJ, Lee LC, Cunniff CM, Daniels JL, Kirby RS, Leavitt L, Miller L, Zahorodny W, Schieve LA. Advanced parental age and the risk of autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2008; 168:1268-1276.

Yeargin-Allsopp M, Van Naarden Braun K, Doernberg NS, Benedict RE, Kirby RS, Durkin MS. Prevalence of cerebral palsy in three areas of the United States: a multisite collaboration. Pediatrics, 2008;121(3):547-554.

Durkin MS, Gottlieb C, Maenner MJ, Cappa C, Loaiza E, et al, Monitoring Child Disability in Developing Countries: Results from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys. 2008, New York: UNICEF.

Durkin MS, Gottlieb C.  Prevention versus protection: Reconciling global public health and human rights perspectives on childhood disability, Disability and Health Journal, 2009; 2:7-8.

Arneson C, Durkin MS, Maenner MJ, Benedict R, Doernberg N, Kirby R, Van Naarden Braun K, Yeargin- Allsopp M. Prevalence of cerebral palsy: Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, three sites, United States, 2004. Disability and Health Journal, 2009; 2:45-48.

Khan NZ, Ferdous S, Islam R, Sultana A, Durkin MS, McConachie H. (2008) Behaviour Problems in Young Children in Rural Bangladesh. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 2009; 55(3):177-182.

Shattuck P, Durkin MS, Maenner MJ; Newschaffer C, Mandell DS, Wiggins L, Lee LC, Rice C, Giarelli E, Kirby R, Baio Pinto-Martin J, Cuniff C. (2009) The timing of identification among children with an autism spectrum disorder: findings from a population-based surveillance study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 48(5):474-483.

Gottlieb CA, Maenner MJ, Cappa C, Durkin MS, Child disability screening, nutrition, and early learning in 18 countries with low and middle incomes: data from the third round of UNICEF's Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (2005-06). Lancet. 2009, 28; 374(9704): 1831-9.

Durkin MS, Maenner MJ, Meaney FJ, Levy SE, DiGuiseppi C, Nicholas JS, Kirby RS, Pinto-Martin JA, Schieve LA, Socioeconomic inequality in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder: evidence from a U.S. cross-sectional study. PLoS One, 2010; 5(7): e11551. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011551.

Maenner MJ, Durkin MS, Trends in the prevalence of autism based on special education data Pediatrics, 2010;126(5):e1018-25, PMID: 20974790.

Benedict R, Patz J, Maenner MJ, Arneson CL, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Doernberg NS, Van Naarden Braun K, Kirby RS, Durkin MS, Feasibility and reliability of classifying gross motor function among children with cerebral palsy through population-based record surveillance. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 2011; 25:88-96, PMID: 21133973.

O'Connor C, Laszewski A, Hammel J, Durkin MS, Using portable computers in home visits: effects on programs, data quality, home visitors and caregivers. Children and Youth Services Review, 2011; 33(7):1318-24. (doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.03.006).

Schieve LA, Rice C, Devine O, Maenner MJ, Lee LC, Fitzgerald R, Wingate MS, Schendel D, Pettygrove P, Van Naarden Braun K, Durkin MS, Have secular changes in perinatal risk factors contributed to the recent autism prevalence increase? -- Development and application of a mathematical assessment model. Annals of Epidemiology, 2011; 21(12):930-45, PMID: 22000328.

Khan NZ, Ferdous S, Mahbub M, Mobarak R, Parveen M, Mont D, Durkin MS, The impact of maternal and household characteristics on childhood impairments and disabilities in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Child Health, 2011; 35(2): 41-8.

Maenner MJ, Arneson CL, Levy SE, Kirby RS, Nicholas JS, Durkin MS, Brief Report: Association Between Behavioral Features and Gastrointestinal Problems Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2012;42(7):1520-5, PMID: 22012246.

Maenner MJ, Arneson CA, Benedict RE, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Wingate M, Van Naardin Braun K, Kirby R, Durkin MS, Racial disparities in functional limitations among children with cerebral palsy in a US-based population. Epidemiology, 2012; 23(1): 35-43, PMID: 22081059.

Rice CE, Rosanoff M, Dawson G, Durkin MS, Croen LA, Singer A, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Evaluating changes in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Public Health Reviews, 2012;34: epub ahead of print.

Van Naarden Braun,, Maenner MJ, Christensen D, Doernberg NS, Durkin MS, Kirby RS, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Role of migration and choice of denominator on the prevalence of cerebral palsy, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 2013;55(6):520-6. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12095. Epub 2013 Mar 18. PMID: 23506432.

Maenner MJ, Schieve LA, Rice CE, Cunniff C, Giarelli E, Kirby RS, Lee LC, Nicholas JS, Wingate MS, Durkin MS, Frequency and pattern of documented diagnostic features and the age of autism identification.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2013;52(4):401-413. e8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2013.01.014, PMID: 23582871.

Riesch S, Ngui E, Ehlert C, Miller MK, Cronk CA, Leuthner S, Streblow M, Hewitt J, Durkin MS, Community outreach and engagement strategies from the Wisconsin Study Center of the National Children’s Study. Public Health Nursing, 2013;30(3):254-65. doi: 10.1111/phn.12018. PMID: 23586770.

van Calcar S, Baker MW, Williams PJ, Jones SA, Xiong B, Thao MC, Lee S, Yang MK, Rice GM, Rhead W, Vockley J, Hoffman G, Durkin MS, Prevalence and mutation analysis of short/branched chain  acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (SBCADD) detected on newborn screening in Wisconsin. Molecular Genetic and Metabolism, 2013; 110:111-5.

Specker B, Wey B, Fuller J, Sandovol MN, Durkin MS, Dole N, Walker EB, 2009 H1N1 and seasonal influenza immunization among pregnant women: a comparison of different sources of immunization information. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2013; DOI 10.1007/s10995-013-1293-y.

Alghnam S, Palta M, Remington P, Mulllahy J, Durkin MS, The association between motor vehicle injuries and health related quality of life: a longitudinal study of a population-based sample in the United States. Quality of Life Research (in press).

Christensen D, Van Naarden Braun K, Doernberg N, Maenner MJ, Arneson C, Durkin MS, Benedict R, Kirby RS, Wingate M, Fitzgerald R, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Prevalence of cerebral palsy, co-occurring autism spectrum disorders, and motor functioning – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, US, 2008. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (in press).