Laura Attanasio

University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Laura Attanasio
Assistant Professor
329 Arnold House


B.A., Vassar College, 2005; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2016

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Maternal health; women’s reproductive health; health equity; patient-provider relationship

Research Description: 

My research addresses issues of quality and equity in women’s reproductive healthcare, drawing on theory and conceptual frameworks from health services research and sociology. My current work focuses on understanding how the patient-provider relationship shapes decision making and procedure use in maternity care.

Key Publications: 

Attanasio L, Kozhimannil KB. Healthcare engagement and follow up after perceived discrimination in maternity care. In press, Medical Care.

Yang T, Attanasio L and Kozhimannil KB. Impact of Scope of Practice Laws on Midwifery: Workforce, Procedures and Outcomes. Women’s Health Issues, 2016;26(3):262-267.

Attanasio L and Kozhimannil KB. Patient-reported communication quality and perceived discrimination in maternity care. Medical Care, 2015;53(10):863-871.

Attanasio L, Kozhimannil KB, Jou J, McPherson M and Camann W. Women’s Experiences with Neuraxial Labor Analgesia in the Listening to Mothers II Survey: A Content Analysis of Open-Ended Responses. Anesthesia and Analgesia 2015; 121(4):974-980.

Attanasio L and McAlpine D. Accuracy of parental reports of children’s HPV vaccine status: Implications for estimates of disparities. Public Health Reports 2014; 129(3):237-244.