Dr. Lynn Falletta is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Public Policy and Health at Kent State University. Dr. Falletta received her Ph.D. in Sociology (with concentrations in Medical Sociology and the Life Course) from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Falletta has more than 18 years of experience in conducting research on a variety of public health relevant topics, including foster care and adoption, child health/mental health, children’s rights, juvenile justice, adult offender reentry, maternal health, and health inequalities. Dr. Falletta teaches courses in Research Methods, Biostatistics, and National Health Care Reform.
Dr. Falletta’s current research focuses on maternal/child health and care coordination models, including as an evaluator of the Stark County THRIVE infant mortality reduction initiative, the Access Health Stark County Chronic Disease Program, and as part of a team from the Center for Public Policy and Health and Akron Children’s Hospital examining risk reduction and the Community Pathways HUB model. Dr. Falletta also has current research projects investigating mental health during and after high risk pregnancies, individual and social factors that affect pregnancy outcomes, opioid use and multi-system involvement among pregnant women and mothers, and work adjustment among postpartum women and mothers of young children.