Elizabeth J. Corwin, PhD, MSN, BS, BSN, FNP, FAAN

  • Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research (in Nursing)
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Elizabeth Corwin, PhD, FAAN, joined the school in 2019 as Vice Dean of Strategic and Innovative Research.

Corwin comes from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, where she served as Associate Dean for Research and held the Edith F. Honeycutt Chair in Nursing.

Corwin is leading interdisciplinary research aimed at uncovering the biological mechanisms responsible for symptom development and adverse health outcomes in pregnant and postpartum women. She is a doctorally prepared physiologist, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. Throughout her research career, she has combined her expertise as a basic scientist with her experience caring for women and families across the lifespan.

In Corwin’s research, she utilizes cutting-edge omic technologies and approaches, including microbiomics and metabolomics, to provide a better understanding of the bidirectional contributions of exaggerated inflammation and chronic stress to adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes, especially among low-income and minority populations. Her work currently focuses on characterizing the vaginal microbiome in light of the health disparity in preterm birth experienced by African American women. Dissemination of her research identifying a biological fingerprint of disadvantage in minority and low-income pregnant women has added urgency to the national dialogue on the need to eliminate health disparity.

Email: ejc2202@cumc.columbia.edu

Academic Appointments

  • Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research (in Nursing)

Administrative Titles

  • Vice Dean, Strategic & Innovative Research


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1977 Zoology, University of Michigan
  • PhD, 1981 Physiology, University of Michigan Medical School
  • BSN, 1993 Nursing, University of New Mexico
  • MSN, 1996 Family Nurse Practitioner, University of New Mexico

Honors & Awards

2017 - Edith F. Honeycutt Endowed Chair in Nursing
2016 - Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
2015 - Southern Nursing Research Society Nurse Researcher of the Year
2014 - March of Dimes Nurse of the Year
2013 - Fellow, the American Academy of Nursing
1985 – 1987 - National Institutes of Health: National Research Service Award
1982 – 1984 - American Heart Association Fellowship Award


Selected Publications

For a complete list of publications, please see NCBI.

Carlson, N.S., Frediani, J.K., Corwin, E.J., Dunlop, A., Jones, D. (2020). Metabolic Pathways Associated with Term Labor Induction Course in African American Women. Biol Res Nurs. doi: 10.1177/1099800419899730, Epub ahead of print.

Dunlop, A.L., Knight, A.K., Satten, G.A., Cutler, A.J., Wright, M.L., Mitchell, R.M., Read, T.D., Mulle, J., Hertzberg, V.S., Hill, C.C., Smith, A.K., Corwin, E.J. (2019). Stability of the vaginal, oral, and gut microbiota across pregnancy among African American women: the effect of socioeconomic status and antibiotic exposure. PeerJ, doi: 10.7717/peerj.8004, eCollection 2019.

Dunn A.B., Dunlop A.L., Miller A.H., Hogue C.J., Crofton J.M., Corwin E.J. (2019). Complement Activation During Early Pregnancy and Clinical Predictors of Preterm Birth in African American Women. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs, 33(4), E15-E26.

Corwin, E.J., Redeker, N.S., Richmond, T.S., Docherty, S., & Pickler, R.H. (2019). Ways of knowing in precision health. Nurs Outlook, 67(4), 293-301.

Brennan, P.A., Dunlop, A.L., Smith, A.K., Kramer, M., Mulle, J., & Corwin, E.J. (2019). Protocol for the Emory University African American maternal stress and infant gut microbiome cohort study. BMC Pediatr, 19(1), 246. doi:10.1186/s12887-019-1630-4

Gary, R., Paul, S., Corwin, E.J., #Butts, B., Miller, A.H., Hepburn, K., Williams, B., Waldrop-Valverde, D. (2019). Exercise and cognitive training as a strategy to improve neurocognitive outcomes in heart failure. Am J Geriat Psychiat, Epub ahead of print.

Yang, I., Knight, A.K., Dunlop, A.L., & Corwin, E.J. (2019). Characterizing the subgingival microbiome of pregnant Africa American women. J Ob Gyn Neo Nurs, 48(2), 140-152.

Paul, S., Corwin, E.J. (2019) Identifying clusters from multidimensional symptom trajectories in postpartum women. Res Nurs Health. doi:10.1002/nur.21935. Epub ahead of print.

Dunlop, A.L., #Jordan, S.L., #Ferranti, E.P., Hill, C.C., Patel, S., Corwin, E.J., Tangpricha, V. (2019). Total and free 25-Hydroxy-Vitamin D and bacterial vaginosis in pregnant African American Women. Infectious Disease in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 019 Jan 1;2019:9426795. doi: 10.1155/2019/9426795. eCollection 2019.

Corwin, E.J., Jones, D.P., & Dunlop, A.L. (2019). Symptom science research in the Era of Big Data: Leveraging interdisciplinary resources and partners. J Nurs Scholarship, 51(1), 4-8.

Murphy, J.R., Paul, S., Dunlop, A.L., Corwin, E.J. (2019). Maternal peripartum antibiotic exposure and the risk of postpartum depression. Res Nurs Health, July 19, Epub ahead of print.

Gullatte, M. & Corwin, E.J. (2018). Advancing a culture of clinical nursing research through collaborative partnership between practice and academia. Nurs Admin Quart, 42(4), 299-304.

Gary R., Dunbar S.B., Higgins M., Butts B., Corwin E., Hepburn K., Butler J., Miller A.H. (2018). An Intervention to Improve Physical Function and Caregiver Perceptions in Family Caregivers of Persons With Heart Failure. J Appl Gerontol, Jan 1:733464817746757. doi: 10.1177/0733464817746757. Epub ahead of print.

Knight, A.K., Dunlop, A.L., Kilaru, V., Cobb, D., Corwin, E.J., Conneely, K.N., Smith, A.K. (2018). Characterization of gene expression changes over healthy term pregnancies. PLoS One, Oct 10; 13(10):e0204228

Butts, B., Butler, J., Dunbar, S.B., Corwin, E.J, Gary, R. (2018). Effects of exercise on ASC methylation and IL-1 cytokines in heart failure. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 50(9), 1757-1766.

Page, G.G., Corwin, E.J., Dorsey, S.G., Redeker, N.S., McCloskey, D.J., Austing, J.K., Guthrie B.J., Moore S.M., Barton D., Kim M.T., Docherty S.L., Waldrop-Valverde, D., Bailey, D.E. Jr, Schiffman, R.F., Starkweather, A., Ward, T.M., Bakken, S., Hickey, K.T., Renn, C.L., Grady, P. (2018). Biomarkers as common data elements for symptom and self-management science. J Nursing Scholarship, 50(3), 276-286.

Carlson, N.S., Corwin, E.J., #Hernandez, T.L., Holt, E., Lowe, N.K., Hurt, K.J., (2018). Association between provider type and cesarean birth in healthy nulliparous laboring women: A retrospective cohort study. Birth, 45(2), 159-168.

Knight, A.K., Conneely, K., Kilaru, V., Cobb, D., Payne, J.L., Meilman, S., Corwin, E.J., Kaminsky, Z.A., Dunlop, A.L., Smith, A.K. (2018). SLC9B1 methylation predicts fetal intolerance of labor. Epigenetics, 13(1), 33-39.

Edwards S.M., Cunningham S.A., Dunlop A.L., Corwin EJ. (2017). The Maternal Gut Microbiome During Pregnancy. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs, 42(6):310-317.

Eckardt P., Culley J.M., Corwin E., Richmond T., Dougherty C., Pickler R.H., Krause-Parello C.A., Roye C.F., Rainbow J.G., DeVon H.A. (2017). National nursing science priorities: Creating a shared vision. Nurs Outlook, 65(6), 726-736.

Corwin, E.J., Hogue, C.J., Pearce, B., Hill, C.C., Read, T.D., Mulle, J., Dunlop, A.L. (2017). Protocol for the Emory University African American vaginal, oral, and gut microbiome in pregnancy cohort study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 1: 17(1), 161. doi:10.1186/s12884-017

Cheng S, Shah S.H., Corwin E.J., Fiehn O., Fitzgerald R.L., Gerszten R.E., Illig T., Rhee E.P., Srinivas P.R., Wang T.J., Jain M. (2017). Potential Impact and Study Considerations of Metabolimics in Cardiovascular Health and Disease: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, 10(2), pii: e000032. doi:10.1161/HCG.0000000000000032

Corwin, E.J., Moore, S., Plotsky, A., Heitkemper, M., Dorsey, S., … Grady, P. (2017). Feasibility of combining common data elements across studies to test a hypothesis. J Nurs Scholar, 49(3), 249-258.

Carlson, N.S., Corwin, E.J., Lowe, N.K. (2017). Oxytocin augmentation in spontaneously laboring, nulliparous women. Biol Res Nurs, 19(4), 382-392.

Dunn, A.B., Dunlop, A.L., Hogue, C.J., Miller, A.H., Corwin, E.J. (2017). The microbiome and complement activation. Biol Res Nurs, 19(3), 295-307.

Carlson, N.S., Corwin, E.J., & Lowe, N.K. (2017). Labor intervention and outcomes in women who are nulliparous and obese: J Midwifery and Women's Health, 62(1), 29-39.

Butts, B., Butler, J., Dunbar, S.B., Corwin, E.J., Gary, R.A. (2017). ASC Methylation and Interleukin-1B are Associated with Aerobic Capacity in Heart Failure. Med Sci Sports & Exercise, 49(6), 1072-1078.

Li, S., Dunlop, A.L., Jones, D.P., Corwin, E.J. (2016). High-Resolution metabolomics: Review of the field and implications for nursing science and the study of preterm birth. Biol Res Nurs, 18(1), 12-22.

Corwin, E.J., & #Ferranti. (2016). Integration of biomarkers to advance precision nursing interventions for family research across the lifespan. Nurs Outlook, 64(4), 292-298.

DeVon, H.A., Rice, M., Pickler, R.H., Krause-Parello, C.A., Eckardt, P., Corwin, E.J., Richmond, T.S. (2016). Engaging members and partner organizations in translating a nursing science agenda. Nurs Outlook, 64(5), 516-519.

Ruyak, S.L., Lowe, N.K., Corwin, E.J., Neu, M., & Boursaw, B. (2016). Pre-pregnancy obesity and a biobehavioral predictive model for postpartum depression. JOGNN, 45(3), 326-328.

Yang, I., Corwin, E.J., Brennan, P., #Jordan, S., #Murphy, J., & Dunlop, A.L. (2016). The infant microbiome: Implications for infant health and neurodevelopment. Nursing Res, 65, 76-88.

Redeker N.S., Anderson R., Bakken S., Corwin E., Docherty S., Dorsey S.G., Heitkemper M., McCloskey D.J., Moore S., Pullen C., Rapkin B., Schiffman R., Waldrop-Valverde D., Grady P. (2015). Advancing Symptom Science Through Use of Common Data Elements. J Nurs Scholarsh, 47(5), 379-388.

Conley Y.P., Heitkemper M., McCarthy D., Anderson CM., Corwin EJ., Daack-Hirsch S., Dorsey S.G., Gregory K.E., Groer M.W., Henly SJ., Landers T., Lyon D.E., Taylor J.Y., Voss J. (2015). Educating future nursing scientists: Recommendations for integrating omics content in PhD programs. Nurs Outlook, 63(4) 417-427.

Song S., Graham-Engeland J.E., Corwin EJ., Ceballos R.M., Taylor S.E., Seeman T., Klein L.C. (2015). The role of multiple negative social relationships in inflammatory cytokine responses to a laboratory stressor. PeerJ, doi: 10.7717/peerj.959. eCollection 2015.

Corwin, E.J., Pajer, K., Paul, S., Lowe, N., Weber, M., McCarthy, D. (2015) Bidirectional Psychoneuroimmune Interactions in the Early Postpartum Period Influence Risk of Postpartum Depression. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 49, 86-93.

Dunlop, A.L., Mulle, J.G., #Ferranti, E.P., #Edwards, S.M., Dunn, A.B., Corwin, E.J. (2015). The maternal microbiome and pregnancy outcomes that impact infant health. Adv in Neo Care. 15(6), 377-385.

Dunn, A.B., Paul, S., & Corwin, E.J. (2015). Perineal Injury during childbirth Increases risk of postpartum depressive symptoms and inflammatory markers. J Midwifery and Women's Health, 60(4), 428-436.

Ahn, S., & Corwin, E.J. (2015). The association between breastfeeding, the stress response, inflammation, and postpartum depression during the postpartum period: Prospective cohort study. Int J Nurs Stud, 52(10), 1582-1590.