Postdoctoral Fellowships


The UC Berkeley School of Public Health MCH Epidemiology Postdoctoral training program provides postdoctoral fellows with a transdisciplinary perspective that includes advanced training in MCH and Epidemiology, as well as in skills needed for transitioning to academic faculty and research leadership positions.


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Becky Reno, PhD

Dr. Reno is a Maternal and Child Health Bureau Postdoctoral Training Fellow. She has an MSW and PhD in social work from The Ohio State University, and a MA in education policy. Her research agenda is focused on bi-directional translational research, including the development and evaluation of culturally grounded interventions to address social and structural determinants of health contributing to disparate birth outcomes. Reno has clinical experience working with low-income, pregnant women of color, and extensive, interdisciplinary research experience related to understanding and addressing maternal and child health outcomes as a consequence of racial oppression and social injustice.

Research Interests:  social and structural determinants of birth outcomes, culturally-responsive MCH interventions

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Jordyn Tinka Wallenborn, PhD 

Dr. Wallenborn is a Maternal and Child Health Bureau Postdoctoral Training Fellow. She has an MPH from North Dakota State University and a PhD in epidemiology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research primarily focuses on perinatal health including breastfeeding, contraception utilization, and mental health. Her research agenda focuses on causal pathways and identifying novel, translational targets for intervention development. Wallenborn has experience working with underserved populations both nationally and internationally. 


Eric Coker

Eric Coker, MS, PhD

Dr. Coker was a 2017 postdoctoral fellow with the Center of Excellence in Maternal Child Health where much of his work was with the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH).    He received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Environmental Health Science from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Global Health from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Ph.D. degree (Public Health) from Oregon State University.

Currently, Dr. Coker is a 2017-18 Global Health Equity Scholars Fellow at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, working on a project titled "Assessment of Household and Area-level Environmental Risk Factors for Secondary Tuberculosis among Homes with Index Cases".  Read more about his work here.  

Irene Headen

Irene Headen, MS, PhD

Dr. Headen was a 2017 postdoctoral fellow with the Center of Excellence in Maternal Child Health, where she studied how neighborhood environments interact with individual-level interventions to modify their effectiveness on pregnancy-related weight status.  Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Her research interests center around the social and structural determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcomes. 

Dr. Headen earned her bachelor of science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of science and doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.  Read more about her work here.