Natacha M DeGenna, PhD

Natacha M DeGenna, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Developmental Psychology, Concordia University
Substance Use Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Affiliations

Member, Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco
Member, College for Problems of Drug Dependence
Member, Developmental Neurotoxicology Society

Selected Honors & Awards

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Accolade, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Outstanding Reviewer, Addictive Behaviors, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Journal of Youth and Adolescence,Neurotoxicology and Teratology
Associate Editor, Nicotine and Tobacco Research

Research Interests

Perinatal substance use; Dual use of cannabis and cigarettes; Inequities in reproductive health
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. De Genna NM, Coulter RW, Goldschmidt L, Boss N, Hossain F, Richardson GA. Prenatal substance use among young pregnant sexual minority people. LGBT Health. 2024 Jan 1;11(1):74-9.
  2. De Genna NM, Hossain F, Dwarakanath M, Ms Balascio P, Ms Moore M, Hill AV. Pandemic stressors and vaccine hesitancy among young, pregnant Black people: a qualitative study of health disparities during a global pandemic. Birth Defects Research. 2023 Dec 1;115(20):1912-22.
  3. De Genna NM, Willford JA, Richardson GA. Long-term effects of prenatal cannabis exposure: pathways to adolescent and adult outcomes. Pharmacol Biochem Behav, 2022; 214:173358. PMID: 35216971
  4. De Genna NM, Goldschmidt L, Richardson GA, Cornelius MD, Day NL. Prenatal exposure to tobacco and cannabis, early cannabis initiation, and daily dual use of combustible cigarettes and cannabis during young adulthood. Addictive Behaviors. 2021 May 1;116:106820.
  5. De Genna NM, Feske U, Larkby C, Angiolieri T, Gold MA. Pregnancies, abortions, and births among women with and without borderline personality disorder. Women's Health Issues. 2012 Jul 1;22(4):e371-7.

Education Interests

Research mentorship; Graduate student mentorship