June 19, 2017

Wendy Nembhard, PhD, MPH, FACE

Professor and Department Chair of Epidemiology

Director, Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, College of Medicine
Investigator, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute


2000 – Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Texas at Houston, School of Public Health, Texas
1997 – MPH in International and Family Health, University of Texas at Houston, School of Public Health, Texas
1994 – BA in Biology/Pre-Medicine, Wesleyan College, Georgia

Research Interests

Adverse perinatal outcomes including birth defects, fetal and infant mortality, preterm birth and low birthweight; racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal outcomes; long-term outcomes in children born with birth defects and fetal origins of adult chronic diseases

Courses Taught

  • EPID 5322 Epidemiology Methods II
  • HBHE 5325/6325 Survey Research Methods

Recent Publications

Farr SL, Klewer S, Nembhard WN, Alter C, Downing KF, Andrews J, Collins RT, Glidewell J, Benavides A, Goudie A, Riehle-Colarusso T, Overman L, Riser AP, Oster ME. (2019) Rationale and Design of CH STRONG: Congenital Heart Survey To Recognize Outcomes, Needs, and well-beinG. American Heart Journal(in press)

Collins RT, Yang W, Carmichael SL, Bolin EH, Nembhard WN, Shaw GM, and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. (2019) Maternal Dietary Fat Intake and the Risk of Congenital Heart Defects in Offspring Pediatr Res(in press)

Rabie NZ, Sandlin AT, Ounpraseuth S, Nembhard WN, Lowery C, San Miguel K, and Magann EF. (2019) Teleultrasound: A Validation Study.AustralasianJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine(in press)

Stingone JA, Luben TJ, Sheridan S, Langlois PH, Shaw GM, Reefhuis J, Romitti P, Feldkamp ML, Nembhard WN, Browne M, Lin S and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. (2019) Associations between fine particulate matter, extreme heat events and congenital heart defects. Environ Epidemiol3(6):e071, December 2019

Heinke D, Nestoridi E, Hernandez-Diaz S, Williams PL, Rich-Edwards JW, Lin AE, Van Bennekom CM, Mitchell AA, Nembhard WN, Fretts RC, Roberts DJ, Duke CW, Carmichael SL,Yazdy MM and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. (2019) Risk of stillbirth among fetuses with non-syndromic major birth defects: a population-based cohort study Obstet Gynecol2020 Jan;135(1):133-140. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003614. PMID: 31809437


Selected  Publications

Gilboa SM, Devine OJ, Kucik JE, Oster ME, Riehle-Colarusso T, Nembhard WN, Xu P, Correa A, Jenkins K, and Marelli AJ. (2016) Congenital Heart Defects in the United States – Estimating the Magnitude of the Affected Population in 2010 Circulation 2016 Jul 12;134 (2):101-9. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.115.019307. Epub 2016 Jul 5. [PMID: 27382105]

Lara D, Fixler DE, Ethen MK, Canfield MA, Nembhard WN, and Morris S. (2016) Association between Prenatal Diagnosis, Proximity to a Surgical Center and Surgical Center Volume and Neonatal Mortality in Infants with Transposition of the Great Arteries Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2016 Jun 14. doi: 10.1002/bdra.23525. [Epub ahead of print]

Nembhard WN, Bourke J, Leonard H, Eckersley L, and Bower C. (2016) 25-Year Survival for Aboriginal and Caucasian Children with Congenital Heart Defects in Western Australia, 1980–2010. Birth Def Res Part A 2016 Nov 1. doi: 10.1002/bdra.23572. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27801971

Nembhard WN and Bower C. (2016) An Evaluation of the Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies: 35 Years of Surveillance Birth Def Res Part A Nov;106(11):894-904. doi: 10.1002/bdra.23575.  PMID: 27891787

Nembhard WN, Tang X, Hu Z, MacLeod S, Stowe Z, Webber D and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. (2017) Maternal and infant genetic variants, maternal periconceptional selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors use and risk of congenital heart defects in children: A population-based study. British Medical Journal BMJ. 2017 Mar 6;356:j832. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j832. [PMID: 28264803]

Stingone JA, Luben TJ, Carmichael SM, Aylsworth AS, Botto L, Correa A, Gilboa SM, Langlois PH, Nembhard WN, Richmond-Bryant J, Shaw GM, Olshan AE and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. (2017) Maternal Exposure to Nitrogen Dioxide, Intake of Methyl Nutrients and Congenital Heart Defects in Offspring Am J Epidemiol May 18. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx139. [Epub ahead of print]