Najjuwah Walden, MSW is focused on clinical decision-making research to support clinicians diagnosing and treating reproductive tract infections.


  • Reproductive Tract Infection Pathophysiology
  • Mathematical Epidemiology
  • Care Coordination
  • Mental Models
  • Workflow Analysis
  • Intervention Implementation
  • Economic Evaluation

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Selected Presentations

  • The Epidemiology of Prenatal Syphilis Surveillance among Federally Qualified Health Centers in St. Louis, MO. STD Engage 2019, Alexandria, VA.
  • West Side Story: How Communicable Diseases during Pregnancy Contribute to Maternal and Infant Mortality. Decolonize Birth Conference, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Syphilis Reemergence and the Vulnerability of Economic Depression. Black Communities Conference, Durham, NC.
  • Law and Labor: Using Legal Epidemiology Methods to Analyze Provider Adherence to Prenatal STI Screening Laws. 2020 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference, Washington, D.C
  • A Legal Epidemiology of Prenatal Syphilis Screening in the United States. APHA 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo, Philadelphia, PA.
  • The Demography of Congenital Syphilis Surveillance in the United States. STI & HIV World Congress Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Selected Publications

Under Review

  • N. Walden, H. Reno, P. Gundala, and C. Latour, A Descriptive Epidemiology of Law-Based Clinical Interventions to Screen for Syphilis During Pregnancy.
  • N. Walden and M. Dingle, Difference-in-Differences Analysis of the Association Between Third-Trimester Screening Policy Implementation and Screening Coverage.

Najjuwah completed her Master of Social Work degree at Washington University in St. Louis, specialized in injury prevention among women. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Najjuwah was a reproductive health educator for Guildford County Department of Health and East Side Health District. She developed reproductive health curricula and care coordination guides before becoming certified as a Disease Intervention Specialist by the Illinois Department of Health. Her experience includes clinical care coordination, partner notification, and field epidemiological investigations of sexually transmitted infections.

Currently, Najjuwah is the principal investigator for The Pregnancy Test Study,  an ethnographic assessment of clinical interventions and mental models of STI screening during prenatal care.