Kelli Hall, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Population and Family Health
  • Affiliate, Columbia Population Research Center
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Dr. Kelli Stidham Hall is an Associate Professor in the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; Faculty Affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center; and adjunct Associate Professor with tenure at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. She completed her PhD from Columbia University, a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University, and a NIH "BIRCWH" K12 Faculty Career Development Award at the University of Michigan. She is the former Founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the SouthEast (RISE) at Emory. Trained as a maternal child health and social epidemiologist, Dr. Hall's research program uses social justice and health equity perspectives, multi-level and biopsychosocial frameworks, and interdisciplinary methods to study the social and structural determinants of maternal health and health disparities in the U.S. and Africa. One major research theme entails evaluating the effects of social and health policies, and other macro and systems factors, on preconception health, maternal morbidity, mortality, and reproductive health equity and rights. Her >15 years of clinical experience as a family and women's health advanced practice nurse informed her other theme focused on integrated care models and implementation science approaches to addressing the intersections of reproductive, mental, and behavioral health, and the roles of toxic social stress, adversity, and environment, for women across the life course.

Dr. Hall serves on the Editorial Boards of the Maternal Child Health Journal and Contraception; Board of Directors of the Society for Family Planning; and recently on the Executive Committee of the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and as Section Counselor for APHA's Population, Sexual and Reproductive Health (PSRH) Section. At Columbia, she serves on the CUIMC Anti-Racism Task Force; Mailman's Faculty Steering Committee; the Dean's FORWARD (Fighting Oppression, Racism and White Supremacy through Action, Research and Discourse) Accountability Cabinet, and on the Doctoral and Admissions Committees of the HDPFH. Dr. Hall has received numerous awards, including the APHA PSRH's Outstanding Young Professional; the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine's Robert DuRant Statistical Rigor and Scientific Innovation in Adolescent Health Research Award; and most recently the Calderone Health Equity Award and the Tow Faculty Leadership Scholar Award from Columbia. In 2020, she was elected as an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine from the National Academy of Medicine.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Population and Family Health
  • Affiliate, Columbia Population Research Center

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 2003 University of Kentucky
  • MS, 2006 University of Kentucky
  • M Phil, 2009 Columbia University
  • PhD, 2010 Columbia University

Committees, Societies, Councils

National Academy of Medicine, Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine

Member, Board of Directors, Society of Family Planning

Former Member, Executive Committee, National Medical Committee, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Former Founding Director and PI, Center for Reproductive Health Research in the SouthEast (RISE), Emory University

Editorial Boards

Maternal Child Health Journal

Contraception Journal

Honors & Awards

Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine, National Academy of Medicine

Tow Faculty Leadership Award, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Calderone Health Equity Award, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Outstanding Young Professional, Population Sexual & Reproductive Health Section, American Public Health Association

Robert Durant Award for Methodological Innovation and Statistical Rigor, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine


Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Community Health
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health

Selected Publications

Hall, K.S. (2021). Advancing intersectional approached for integrated women’s health care and health equity: The unrealized potential of family planning settings. Journal of Women’s Health. Epub 2 Feb 2021.

Hall, K.S., Samari, G., Garbers, S., Casey, S.E., Diallo, D.D., Orcutt, M., Moresky, R.T., Martinez, M.E., & McGovern, T. (2020). Centring sexual and reproductive health and justice in the global COVID-19 response. Lancet, 395(10231): 1175-1177. Epub 2020 Apr 11.

Hall, K.S., Redd, S., Narasimhan, S., Mosely, E., Hartwig SA, Lemon, E., Berry-Bibee E, Lathrop, E., Haddad, L., Rochat, R., Cwiak, C. (2020). Abortion trends by gestational age and residence following enactment of Georgia√É?í√Ǭ¢√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈°√Ǭ¨√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈æ√Ǭ¢s 22-week ban. American Journal of Public Health. Epub 21 May 2020.

Hall, K.S., Rentmeester, S., Zhao, Y., Hankus, A., Pei, Y., Riley, H., Auer, S., McCloud, C., Jiao, Y., Guterman, B., Pearce, B. (2020). Exploring blood spot anti-mullerian hormone for population-based adolescent reproductive health research. Frontiers in Women√É?í√Ǭ¢√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈°√Ǭ¨√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈æ√Ǭ¢s Health. 5:1-7. Epub 3 Feb 2020.

Hall, K.S., Manu, A., Morhe, E., Dalton, V.K. Challa, S., Loll, D., Dozier, J.L., Zochowski, M.K., Adanu, R., Harris, L.H. (2018). Understanding √É?í√Ǭ¢√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈°√Ǭ¨√ɂĶ√¢‚Ǩ≈ìBad Girl√É?í√Ǭ¢√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈°√Ǭ¨√É‚Äö√Ǭù and family planning need among adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa: The role of sexual and reproductive health stigma. Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare, May;30;2(1):55-64. Epub 2018 May 30. PubMed PMID: 30556052. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6292434.

Hall, K.S., Manu, A., Morhe, E., Loll, D., Ela, E., Kolenik, G., Dozier, J.L., Challa, S., Harris, L.H., Adanu, R., Zochowski, M., Boakye, A., Dalton, V.K. (2018). Development and validation of a scale to measure adolescent sexual and reproductive health stigma. Journal of Sex Research. 55(1):60-72. Epub 2017 Mar 7. PubMed PMID: 28266874. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5901672.

Hall, K.S., Richards, J.R, Harris, K.M. (2017). Social disparities in the relationship between depressive symptoms and unintended pregnancy during adolescence and young adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(6): 688-697. Epub 2017 Jan 18. PubMed PMID: 28109736. PubMed PMCID: PMC5441928.

Hall, K.S., Richards, J.R., Rentmeester, S., Livingston, M., Harris, K.M. (2019). Adverse Childhood Experiences and Risk of Unintended Pregnancy in Adolescence and Early Adulthood: Implications for Toxic Stress and Reproductive Health. Social Science & Medicine √É?í√Ǭ¢√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈°√Ǭ¨√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√Ö‚Äú Population Health, Apr;7. Epub 2018 Dec 21. PubMed PMID: 30623016. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6319302.

Hall, K.S., Harris, L.H., Dalton V.K. (2017). Women√É?í√Ǭ¢√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈°√Ǭ¨√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈æ√Ǭ¢s preferred sources for primary and mental health care: Implications for reproductive health providers. Women√É?í√Ǭ¢√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈°√Ǭ¨√ɬ¢√¢‚Ǩ≈æ√Ǭ¢s Health Issues. Mar-Apr; 27(2):196-205. Epub 2016 Nov 4. PubMed PMID: 27825589. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5357444.

Hall, K.S., Sales, J., Komro, K., Santelli, J. (2016). The State of Sex Education in the United States. Journal of Adolescent Health. Jun;58(6):587-694. Epub 2016 May 13. PubMed PMID: 27210007. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5426905.