Dr. Gaydos is a highly-respected researcher and educator in Public Health, serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management and the Associate Chair for Academic Affairs for the Executive MPH Program at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Gaydos received her undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Brown University and her PhD in Health Policy & Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Women’s and Children’s Center at Emory before joining the faculty at the Rollins School of Public Health in 2007.
As a leader in public health education, Dr. Gaydos focuses on innovative methods of instructional and curricular delivery, including the use of distance and hybrid methods to train workforce professionals and those outside of the traditional classroom setting. She also has a focus on developing multiple modes of interaction for students, including remote boot camp sessions for skill building and protocols for student advising via technology.
On the research side, Dr. Gaydos is a mixed-methods researcher with a focus on women’s, reproductive and maternal/child health issues. In addition to mixed-methods inquiries across a variety of topics, Dr. Gaydos has also charted a new, innovative path of inquiry examining the intersections of religion and reproductive health. Her current research at this intersection examines the role of state-level policies on reproductive health access across the southeastern United States. Dr. Gaydos has published over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and commissioned works and has made dozens of public presentations on her work.
Dr. Gaydos has received numerous awards for her work, including the Noah Krieger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Public Policy, The Delta Omega Professional Development Award, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the McMahon Young Investigator’s Award from The Center for Women’s Health Research, and a STAR (Science Translated to Action and Results) award.
Dr. Gaydos also prioritizes service as a central tenant of her work, sitting on over 10 community advisory boards and numerous committees for the Rollins School of Public Health and Emory University. Further, she is an active reviewer for 8 peer-reviewed women’s health and maternal/child health journals.
Areas of Interest
- Adolescent Health/Child Health
- Health Policy
- Maternal and Child Health
- Sexual Health/Behavior
- Health Education
- PhD 2004, UNC Chapel Hill
- BA 1998, Brown University
- PUBH 502D: EMPH PH Prof. Development
- PRS 533D: Qual. Analysis & Mixed Methods
Affiliations & Activities
- Anti-Defamation League http://atlanta.adl.org/
- Atlanta Women's Foundation http://atlantawomen.org/
- Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability http://www.isdd-home.org/
- Religion and Public Health Collaborative http://www.rphcemory.org/
- The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation http://woodrow.org/
- Steiner RJ, Swartzendruber A, Cushing K, Gaydos L, Pazol K, Holt S, Sales JM, 2019, Being on the Safe Side: A Qualitative Study of Condom Use Motivations by Contraceptive Type among Adolescents in Atlanta, GA., Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 32, 388-394
- Blake S, Song M, Gaydos L, Cummings J. , 2019, Prior Authorization Policies and Preferred Drug Lists in Medicaid Plans: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Implications for Youth with ADHD, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Reserach, 46, 580-595
- Walker A, Gaydos L, Farzan R, De Castro L, Jonassaint C. , 2019, Social Media Discussions Provide New Insight about Perceptions of Hydroxyurea in the Sickle Cell Community, Journal of Hematology, 94, E134-136
- Gaydos L, Woodruff W, Blake S, Thompson W. George-Dalmida S, Gazmararian J., 2015, Revisiting Safe Sleep Recommendations for African-American Infants: Why current counseling is insufficient, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19, 496-503
- Delaney A, George-Dalmida S, Gaydos L., 2015, When it’s Not Postpartum Depression: Understanding the Postpartum Mental Health Needs of Mothers and How They are Being Met, Mental Health Nursing, 36, 416-423
- DiCola L, Gaydos L, Druss B, Cummings J, 2013, Health Insurance and Treatment of Adolescents with Co-Occurring Major Depression and Substance Use Disorders, . Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52, 953-960
- Gazmararian J, George-Dalmida S, Blake S, Thompson W, and L Gaydos. , 2013, What New Mothers Need to Know: Perspectives from Women and Providers in Georgia, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18, 839-851
- Gaydos L, Smith A, Hogue C, Blevins J. , 2010, An Emerging Field in Religion and Reproductive Health, Journal of Religion and Health , 49, 473
- Gaydos L, Hogue C, Yang Z, Calles D, 2010, Are Racial Disparities in Contraceptive Use Reduced in a Student Population?, Journal of Women's Health, 19, 589-595
- Yang Z, Gaydos L. , 2010, Reasons for and Challenges of Recent Increases in Teen Birth Rates: A Study of Family Planning Service Policies and Demographic Changes at the State Level, Journal of Adolescent Health - In Press, 4, 517-524
- Lifflander A, Gaydos L, Hogue C, 2007, Circumstances of Pregnancy: Low Income Women in Georgia Describe the Difference Between Planned and Unplanned Pregnancies, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 11, 81-89
- Kramer M, Hogue C, Gaydos L. , 2007, Non-Contracepting Behavior In Women At Risk For Unintended Pregnancy: What’s Religion Got To Do With It? , Annals of Epidemiology, 5, 327-34
- Gaydos L, Hogue C, Kramer M, 2006, Riskier Than We Thought: Revised Estimates of Non-Contracepting Women Risking Pregnancy., Public Health Reports, 121, 155-159
- Cummings J, Gaydos L, Mensa-Kwao A, Song M, Blake S., 1945, Perspectives on caregiver-focused MHealth Technologies to improve mental health treatment for low-income youth with ADHD, Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, ,