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Campus Address: 

Room 707C WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

Campus Phone Number: 
(608) 263-7507

Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH

  • Chair, Population Health Sciences
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences and Pediatrics
  • Waisman Center Investigator


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, Principal Investigator on the Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities System, and Principal Investigator of the Wisconsin Study to Explore Early Development of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Courses Taught:

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

 Research Weblinks:


  • American Public Health Association
  • Waisman Center, Intellectual and Development Disabilities Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Training Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network
  • International Society for Autism Research
  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Wisconsin Public Health and Health Policy Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • American College of Epidemiology

Select Publications

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 US Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS One 2010; 5(7): e11551.

Maenner MJ, Durkin MS. Trends in the Prevalence of Autism Based on Special Education Data. Pediatrics 2010; 126(5): e1018-25.

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.

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.

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. PMID: 23582871.

Maenner MJ, Rice CE, Arneson CL, Cunniff C, Schieve LA, Carpenter LA, Van Naarden Braun K, Kirby RS, Bakian AV, Durkin MS. Potential Impact of DSM-5 Criteria on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Prevalence. JAMA-Psychiatry 2014; 71(3): 292-300.

Schieve LA, Tian LH, Baio J, Rankin K, Rosenberg D, Wiggins L, Maenner MJ, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Durkin MS, Rice C, King L, Kirby RS, Wingate MS, Devine O. Population Attributable Fractions for Three Perinatal Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2002 and 2008 Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Annals of Epidemiology 2014; 24(4): 260-6.

Alghnam S, Palta M, Hamedani A, Remington PL, Alkelya M, Albedah K, Durkin MS. In-Hospital Mortality Among Patients Injured in Motor Vehicle Crashes in a Saudi Arabian Hospital Relative to Large US Trauma Centers. Injury Epidemiology 2014; 1(21): 1-9.

Durkin MS, Dubois L, Maenner MJ. Inter-Pregnancy Intervals and the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results of a Population-Based Study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2015; 45(7): 2056-66. NIHMSID: NIHMS660352, PubMed PMID: 25636677 PMCID: PMC4474747.

Durkin MS, Elsabbagh M, Barbaro J, Gladstone M, Happe F, Hoekstra RA, Lee LC, Rattazzi A, Stapel-Wax J, Stone WL, Tager-Flusberg H, Thurm A, Tomlinson M, Shih A. Autism Screening and Diagnosis in Low Resource Settings: Challenges and Opportunities to Enhance Research and Services Worldwide. Autism Research 2015; Oct; 8(5): 473-6. PubMed PMID: 26437907.

Durkin MS, Maenner MJ, Benedict RE, Van Naarden Braun K, Christensen D, Kirby RS, Wingate M, Yeargin-Allsopp M. The Role of Socio-Economic Status and Perinatal Factors in Racial Disparities in the Risk of Cerebral Palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2015; 57(9): 835-43. PubMed PMID: 25808915; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4529795.

Magnusson D, Palta M, McManus B, Benedict RE, Durkin MS. Capturing Unmet Therapy Need Among Young Children With Developmental Delay Using National Survey Data. Academic Pediatrics 2015; 16(2): 145-153.pii: S1876-2859(15)00171-0. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.05.003.

Durkin MS. Socio-Economic Disparities and Functional Limitations of Children With Cerebral Palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2016; 58(2): 115. PMID: 26040304.

Durkin MS, Benedict RE, Christensen D, Dubois LA, Fitzgerald RT, Kirby RS, Maenner MJ, Van Naarden Braun K, Wingate MS, Yeargin-Allsopp M. Prevalence of Cerebral Palsy Among 8 Year-Old Children in 2010 and Preliminary Evidence of Trends in its Relationship to Low Birth Weight. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology (in press 2016). PMID: 27215680 DOI: 10.1111/ppe.12299.