Marian Jarlenski, PhD, MPH

Associate Director, CONVERGE; Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

Dr. Jarlenski is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. The overarching goal of her work is to advance knowledge about how public health policies affect the health and well-being of women and children, with a focus on socially disadvantaged populations in the United States. Dr. Jarlenski is currently Multi-Principal Investigator on two NIDA-funded research projects focused on improving opioid use disorder treatment for pregnant and parenting women.  This work centers on pregnant women who face multiple sources of vulnerability, such as substance use disorders, inter-generational poverty, and social stigma. Throughout her career, she has collaborated on a range of research projects investigating how to improve women’s health outcomes and her research has been cited by state and federal policy-makers.

Education & Training
BA, Otterbein College, 2001
MPH, Yale School of Public Health, 2009
PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
Trustee Scholar Award scholarship, Otterbein College, 1997-2001
Sir Arthur Newsholme Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010-2012
June Culley Scholarship in Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
Victor P. Raymond Memorial Fund scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013
John D Thompson Prize for Young Investigators, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, 2019
Representative Publications

Jarlenski M, Krans EE, Chen Q, Cartus A, Zivin K, Bodnar LM. Substance use disorders and risk of severe maternal morbidity in the United States. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020; epub ahead of print.

Jarlenski M, Paul N, Krans EE. Polysubstance use among pregnant women with opioid use disorder in the United States, 2007-2016. Obstet Gynecol. 2020;136:556-64. 

Jarlenski M, Krans EE, Donohue JM, Kim JY, Kelley D, Stein BD, James AE, Bogen DL. Five-year outcomes among children with in-utero opioid exposure in Medicaid. Health Aff(Millwood). 2020;39:247-55.

Drake C, Jarlenski M, Zhang Y, Polsky D. Market Share of US Catholic Hospitals and Associated Geographic and Network Access to Reproductive Health Services. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3:e1922053.