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Assistant Scientist

Marycatherine Augustyn, PhD ‘91, focuses on Maternal and Child Health research and programming between academic and public agencies, and training public health professionals.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W4033

Research Interests

Behavioral science; Health education; Practice; Community; MCH; Collaboration; Health Promotion; Perinatal; Prenatal; Prevention; WIC; Nutrition Breastfeeding
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins University
I have been on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health since 1993. I received a BA in Zoology from Drew University, and a PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following my doctoral training, I completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Child Health and Development in the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research. I have extensive training and experience in Maternal and Child Health research and programming, with an emphasis on: the promotion and conduction of collaborative research and activities between academic and public agencies for mutual benefit and interests; continuing education and training for public health professionals; research, training, and education in preventive health behavior and health promotion; nutrition education of at risk populations; peri-natal and prenatal health; obesity; chronic diseases; and urban health, primarily from the theoretical perspective of the behavioral sciences. I also perform clinical duties as a certifier and nutrition counselor at the Johns Hopkins University Women, Infants and Children Program
Honors & Awards
2000. Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award for outstanding service, Student Assembly, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
1998. Award for excellence in conference poster presentation. annual meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association for “Redefining Core Maternal and Child Health Data Indicators” Augustyn Mc, Paige DM. Chang J. Nanda J, Adih W, Waterfield G.
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Most Recent Publications
  • Gilmore, A., Augustyn, Mc., Gross, S., Vallo, P., Paige, D., Redman, L. Women, Infants, and Children Periconception Weight Management: Obesity Science and Practice. Open Access, doi: 10.1002/osp4.327
  • Gross, S.M., Augustyn, M., Henderson, J.M., Baig, K., Williams, C.A., Ajao, B., Bell-Waddy, P., and Paige, D.M. (2018). Integrating obstetrical care and WIC nutritional services to address maternal obesity and postpartum weight retention. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22(6), pp. 794-802
  • Cross-Barnet, C., Augustyn, M., Gross, S., Resnik, A., and Paige, D. (2012). Long-term breastfeeding support: failing mothers in need. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16, 1926-32.
  • Gross, S.M., Resnik, A.K., Nanda, J.P., Cross-Barnet, C., Augustyn, M., Kelly, L., and Paige, D.M. (2011). Early postpartum: a critical period in setting the path for breastfeeding success. Breastfeeding Medicine, 6, 407-12.
  • Gross S, Kovar-Resnik A, Cross-Barnet C, Nanda J, Augustyn M, Paige DM. The Differential Impact of WIC Peer Counseling Programs on Breastfeeding across the State of Maryland. Journal of Human Lactation 25(4): 435-443, 2009
Impact of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in Maryland on Selected WIC Agency Breastfeeding Rates and Maternal Experiences of Breastfeeding
Johns Hopkins WIC Program
Participant Research Innovation Laboratory (PRIL) for Enhancing Customer Service in WIC Services
Feeding Baltimore’s Students: The Impact of Community Eligibility