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Samantha Goldfarb

Samantha Goldfarb

Assistant Professor
(850) 644-9398
Main Campus

Job Description

Dr. Goldfarb's background is in public health, with specialized training in health care policy research related to maternal and child health issues. She has extensive experience in analyzing secondary data, ranging from Medicaid claims to longitudinal data such as the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. She is also well-trained in health econometrics and uses rigorous empirical methods (e.g., propensity scores, fixed effects) in data analysis to address research questions.


Dr. Goldfarb joined the FSU College of Medicine in 2015 as Research Faculty in the Department after graduating from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health with a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. Dr. Goldfarb’s degree holds a concentration in Maternal and Child Health Policy, and her research is focused on these issues, particularly as they relate to the life course perspective which holds that there are a complex set of risk (e.g., stress, perceived discrimination) and protective (e.g., education, mental health counseling) factors that impact individuals’ health throughout their life span which must be addressed for optimal prevention of poor health outcomes. She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of state health and drug policies on maternal and perinatal populations. She has assisted in teaching master’s level public health courses related to conducting research, community-based needs assessments, and program evaluations. She has also been involved in several state and federal contracts in both Florida and Alabama aimed at improving population health through surveillance and assessment.


Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
Master of Public Health (MPH) - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy


2016: Speaker, Florida Mental Health Summit, Mental Health America
2016-Present: Community Non-Travel Team Member, March of Dimes’ Florida Prematurity Summit
2015-Present: Board Member, Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition
2015-Present: Steering Committee Member, Community Health Forum and Annual Maternal and Child Health Conference
2015-Present: Member, South City Health Assessment Advisory Group
2015: Panelist, Florida State University School of Information
2015: Outside reviewer, Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs


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


American Public Health Association
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, Education/Teaching and Mentoring Committee Member

Research Focus

Maternal and perinatal health, Maternal substance abuse, Health policy, Policy evaluation, Needs assessment


Goldfarb, S.S., Smith, W., Epstein, A., Bailey, S.L., & Wingate, M. (2016) Chronic conditions and disparities in prenatal care utilization: The role of maternal nativity. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, [In Press].

Corvey, K., Menear, K., Preskitt, J., Goldfarb, S.S., Menachemi, N. (2016) Obesity, physical activity and sedentary behaviors in children with an autism spectrum disorder. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(2): 466-76.

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.

Preskitt, J., Menear, K., Goldfarb, S.S., Menachemi, N. (2015) Wellness among U.S. adolescents ages 12-17 years. Child: Care, Health and Development, 41(6): 1207-15.

Menear, K.S., Preskitt, J.K., Goldfarb, S.S., Menachemi, N. (2015) Correlates of wellness among youth with functional disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 8(2): 223-230.

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.

Preskitt, J.K., Goldfarb, S.S., Mulvihill, B.A., Colburn, S., & Davis, M. (2013) Future plans and social/ recreational activities of youth with special health care needs: The implications of parental help in completing surveys. Disability and Health Journal, 6(4): 343-351.

Under Review/Working Papers:

Goldfarb, S.S., Locher, J.L., Preskitt, J., Becker, D., Davies, S., & Sen, B. (2016) Participation in family activities and adolescent school problems. (Revise and resubmit to Journal of Child: Care, Health and Development)

Smith, W., Goldfarb, S.S., Epstein, A., & Wingate, M. (2016) Disparities in adverse infant health outcomes by race among Hispanic and non-Hispanic infants. (Submitted to Maternal and Child Health Journal)

Epstein, A., Smith, W., Goldfarb, S.S., & Wingate, M. (2016) The weathering hypothesis and stillbirth: Racial disparities across the life span. (Submitted to Advances in Life Course Research)

Brown-Speights, J., Goldfarb, S.S., Wells, B., Beitsch, L., Levine, R.S. & Rust, G. (2016). State-level progress in reducing the Black-White infant mortality gap. (Submitted to American Journal of Public Health)

Goldfarb, S.S., Becker, D., Locher, J.L., Preskitt, J., Davies, S., & Sen, B. (2016) Examining the individual, family, economic, and policy predictors of family dinners. (Working Paper)

Goldfarb, S.S., & Goldfarb, S.I. (2016). Examining racial and ethnic mental health disparities among parents of infants in the Fragile Families study. (Working Paper)

Goldfarb, S.S., Wells, B., Brown-Speights, J., Beitsch, L., Levine, R.S., Rust, G. (2016). County-level progress in reducing the black-white very low birthweight gap, 1999-2013. (Working Paper)