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 LB, Hardeman RR. Declined care and discrimination during the childbirth hospitalization. Social Science & Medicine. 2019;232:270–7.

Attanasio LB, Paterno MT. Correlates of Trial of Labor and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean in the United States. Journal of Women’s Health. 2019 13 March [Epub ahead of print].

Attanasio LB, Kozhimannil KB, Kjerulff KH. Factors influencing women’s perceptions of shared decision making during labor and delivery: Results from a large-scale cohort study of first childbirth. Patient Education and Counseling. 2018;101(6):1130-1136.

Attanasio LB, Kozhimannil KB. Relationship between Hospital-Level Percentage of Midwife-Attended Births and Obstetric Procedure Utilization. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 2018;63(1):14-22.

Attanasio L, Kozhimannil KB. Healthcare engagement and follow up after perceived discrimination in maternity care. Medical Care. 2017;55(9):830-833.