Maureen Durkin

Credentials: PhD, DrPH

Position title: Department Chair PHS; Professor of Population Health Sciences and Pediatrics, Waisman Center Investigator


Phone: (608) 263-7507

Room 717 WARF Office Building
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

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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

Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and other Developmental Disabilities System (WISADDS)
Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network
Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)
Waisman Center


  • 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 Disabilites, Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilites (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

Curriculum Vitae

Maureen Durkin CV