Abby Koch, MA

Senior Research Specialist

Contact: 312-413-7817 |

Abby Koch is a Senior Research Specialist at CRWG engaged in research projects focused on understanding and reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. Ms. Koch has collaborated with Dr. Stacie Geller on numerous maternal health research studies here in Illinois and around the world. As the result of her work to analyze the results of maternal death reviews in Illinois, she was named to the Illinois Department of Public Health Maternal Mortality Review Committee in 2014. During Illinois’ participation in the Every Mother Initiative from 2014 to 2016, Ms. Koch helped to create a new statewide maternal mortality review committee to review deaths due to homicide, suicide, and substance abuse. She is currently conducting the first multi-state analysis of maternal mortality review data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Maternal Mortality Review Data System as part of a collaboration between the CDC Foundation, the CDC, and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, with funding from Merck for Mothers.

Ms. Koch also served as the BIRCWH program coordinator from 2008 to 2015. In that role, she managed the day-to-day activities of the NIH-funded K12 training program that provides funding, protected time, and mentorship to junior faculty members working to become independent women’s health investigators. Ms. Koch completed undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology and is a Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology at UIC School of Public Health. Her dissertation is a decomposition analysis of the role of place-based characteristics in the black-white disparity in severe maternal morbidity.



Original Research (Peer-Reviewed)

Koch AR, Geller S, Rosenberg D. Higher risk of homicide among pregnant and postpartum women aged 10-29 in Illinois, 2002-2011. Obstet Gynecol. 2016. In press.

Kominiarek MA, Scott S, Koch AR, Zeschke M, Cordova Y, Ravangard S, Schy D, Geller SE. Preventing maternal morbidity from obstetric hemorrhage: implications of a provider training initiative. Am J Perinatol. 2016. In press.

Geller SE, Koch AR, Martin NJ, Prentice P, Rosenberg D. Comparing two review processes for determination of preventability of maternal mortality in Illinois. Matern Child Health J. 2015;19(12):2621-2626.

Raghavan S, Geller S, Miller S, Goudar S, Anger S, Yadavannavar M, Dabash R, Bidri S, Gudadinni M, Udgiri R, Koch A, Bellad MB, Winikoff B. Misoprostol for primary versus secondary prevention of postpartum haemorrhage: a cluster-randomized non-inferiority community trial. BJOG. 2016;123(1):120-7.

Zimmerman K, Khare MM, Koch A, Wright C, Geller SE. Training intervention study participants to disseminate health messages to the community: a new model for translation of clinical research to the community. Clin Transl Sci. 2014;7(6):476-481.

Geller SE, Koch AR, Martin NJ, Rosenberg D, Bigger H. Assessing preventability of maternal mortality in Illinois: 2002-2012. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014;211:698.e1-11.

Khare MM, Koch A, Zimmermann K, Moehring PA, Geller SE. Heart Smart for Women: a community-based lifestyle change intervention to reduce cardiovascular risk in rural women. J Rural Health. 2014 Sep;30(4):359-68.

Lawton BA, Koch A, Stanley J, Geller SE. The effect of midwifery care on caesarean section rates. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013;123(3):213-6.

Nagel JD, Koch A, Guimond JM, Glavin S, Geller S. Building the women’s health research workforce: fostering interdisciplinary research approaches in women’s health. Global Adv Health Med. 2013;2(5):5-6.

Zimmermann K, Khare MM, Huber R, Moehring PA, Koch A, Geller SE. Southern Seven Women’s Initiative for Cardiovascular Health: Lessons Learned in Community Health Outreach with Rural Women. Am J Health Educ. 2012;43(6):349-355.

Della Torre M, Kilpatrick SJ, Hibbard JU, Simonson L, Scott S, Koch A, Schy D, Geller SE. Assessing Preventability for Obstetric Hemorrhage. Am J Perinatology 2011 Dec;28(10):753-60.

Geller SE, Koch A, Pellettieri B, Carnes M. Inclusion, analysis and reporting of sex and race/ethnicity in clinical trials: have we made progress? J Womens Health 2011 20(3)315-20.

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

Kapungu C, Koch, A. Miller SE, Geller SE. A community-based continuum of care model for treatment of post-partum hemorrhage. In: Arulkumaran, Lynch, Keith, Lalonde and Karoshi eds. Textbook of Post-Partum Hemorrhage, 2nd Edition. London: Sapiens Global Library Ltd. 2012.