Samantha Goldfarb, DrPH, MPH

Cross Appointment in Family & Child Sciences | Assistant Professor, College of Medicine

Samantha Goldfarb

Get to know Dr. Goldfarb


I am interested in understanding the impact of state health and drug policies on maternal and perinatal populations. In particular, I am seeking to understand how drug policies criminalizing substance use in pregnancy subsequently impact maternal and infant outcomes.


  • B.A., Psychology-Sociology (Birmingham-Southern College)
  • MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • DrPH, Health Care Organization and Policy (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Brown Speights, J., Goldfarb, S.S., Wells, B., Beitsch, L., Levine, R.S. & Rust, G. (2017). State-level progress in reducing the Black-White infant mortality gap. American Journal of Public Health, [Epub ahead of print].

Goldfarb, S.S., Locher, J.L., Preskitt, J., Becker, D., Davies, S., & Sen, B. (2017) Participation in family activities and adolescent school problems. Child: Care, Health and Development, [Epub ahead of print].

Goldfarb, S.S., Smith, W., Epstein, A., Bailey, S.L., & Wingate, M. (2016). Disparities in prenatal care utilization among U.S. versus foreign-born women with chronic conditions. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, [Epub ahead of print].

Goldfarb, S.S., Tarver, W.L., Locher, J.L., Preskitt, J., & Sen, B. (2015) A systematic review of the association between family meals and adolescent health behavior. Journal of Adolescence, 44: 134-149.

Goldfarb, S., Tarver, W, Sen, B. (2014) Family structure and risk behaviors: The role of the family meal in assessing likelihood of adolescent risk behaviors. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 7: 53-66.


  • 2015, Inducted Member, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
  • 2009-2014, Graduate Traineeship, Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Birmingham, AL

A Day in My Life

Life Philosophy



My husband, Sean, and I enjoy cooking, seeing live music, traveling, and spending time with our Maltese-Yorkie dog, Walter.


Words to Live By

“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams, this may be madness… Maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be!”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
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