Dr. Schiff received a BA in Psychology (1982) and an MD (1987) at the University of Michigan. Following her MD degree, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (1992) at the University of New Mexico. She received her MPH in Epidemiology (2001) at the University of Washington.

Personal Statement

Dr. Schiff is Professor Emerita in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UNM School of Medicine and a core faculty member of the UNM Prevention Research Center. Her primary areas of research are reproductive and perinatal epidemiology and injury epidemiology. A primary focus of her research is in the area of maternal health and injury and she has utilized birth certificate and hospitalization databases to evaluate a variety of mechanisms of injury including motor vehicle crashes, falls and suicide as well as the effects of trauma systems on pregnancy outcomes. She has collaborated with investigators at the University of Washington on pregnancy outcomes among women with disabilities such as hearing and vision impairment, spinal cord injuries and intellectual disabilities. She is currently a part-time retiree working on a project with the NM Department of Health related to maternal mortality.

Areas of Specialty

Perinatal epidemiology
Maternal and child health
Injury epidemiology
Research mentoring for students and residents

Achievements & Awards

Exemplary Teacher Award, UNM Health Sciences Learning Environment Office, 2020
NM Public Health Association Conference Poster Award, 2019




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Courses Taught

Dr. Schiff taught the Quantitative Medicine course for the phase I medical students.

Research and Scholarship

1. Mueller BA, Crane D, Doody DR, Stuart SN, Schiff MA. Pregnancy course, infant outcomes, rehospitalization, and mortality among women with intellectual disability. Disabil Health J 2019;12:452-459.

2. Hoppe KK, Schiff MA, Delaney A, Benedetti TJ. Duration of spontaneous active labor and perinatal outcomes based on contemporary labor curves. Am J Perinatology 2018;35:1186-1191

3. O’Kane JW, Tencer A, Neradilek M, Polissar N, Sabado L, Schiff MA. Is knee separation during a drop jump associated with lower extremity injury in adolescent female soccer players? American Journal of Sports Medicine 2016;44:318-23.

4. Sobhani NC, Fay EE, Schiff MA, Stephenson-Famy A, Debiec KE. Randomized trial of smartphone-based evaluation for an obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. J Surg Ed 2017;75:1006-13

5. Vinekar K, Rush SK, Chiang S, Schiff MA. Educating obstetrics and gynecology residents on transgender patients: a survey of program directors. Obstet Gynecol 2019,133:691-699.