Yuqing Guo

Mid-career Tenured Researcher, University of California, Irvine

1 active project

Pathways to Adverse Perinatal and Birth Outcomes Among Ethnic Minorities

There are remarkable racial disparities in perinatal and birth outcomes in the US. For example, African American women experience higher rates of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and preterm birth/low birthweight compared to Caucasian American women. Environmental stress (e.g., racial…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

There are remarkable racial disparities in perinatal and birth outcomes in the US. For example, African American women experience higher rates of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and preterm birth/low birthweight compared to Caucasian American women. Environmental stress (e.g., racial discrimination, SES), biological dysregulation (e.g., cortisol), unhealthy behaviors (e.g. lack of exercise), or inadequate coping resources (e.g., low social support) have been found to be risk factors for these adverse perinatal and birth outcomes. We want to investigate how these risk factors independently or interactively predict adverse outcomes for ethnically diverse women.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Disease Focused Research (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, preterm birth, low birthweight)
  • Population Health
  • Social / Behavioral
  • Educational
  • Control Set

Scientific Approaches

We plan to analyze the data among pregnant and postpartum women that includes Overall Health, Lifestyle, COPE Survey, Lab Measurements, and Medical Records through the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program.

Anticipated Findings

We anticipate that environmental stress and/or biological dysregulation will lead to adverse perinatal and birth outcomes with mediators/moderators including health behaviors and coping resources in ethnically diverse women.

Demographic Categories of Interest

  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Access to Care
  • Education Level
  • Income Level

Research Team

Owner:

  • Yuqing Guo - Mid-career Tenured Researcher, University of California, Irvine

Collaborators:

  • Zara Satre - Undergraduate Student, University of California, Irvine
  • Suheilah Abdalla - Graduate Trainee, University of California, Irvine
  • Jasmine Wang - Undergraduate Student, University of California, Irvine
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