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Kelly Strutz - Michigan State University. Grand Rapids, MI, US

Kelly Strutz Kelly Strutz

Assistant Professor | Michigan State University


Kelly Strutz's research interests center on pregnancy as a critical period for understanding women’s and infants’ health.


Dr. Kelly Strutz’s research interests center on pregnancy as a critical period for understanding women’s and infants’ health and addressing health disparities. Particular interests include perinatal stress, substance use disorders, maternal health services utilization, and implications of pregnancy for mental health and chronic disease risk.

Currently, Dr. Strutz is collaborating on health services research and evaluation projects for Medicaid enhanced prenatal care programs, including quasi-experimental evaluation of a new Michigan Partners for Success pilot program for improving pregnancy outcomes. She also contributed to evaluations of Michigan’s Maternal Infant Health Program and of an Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded demonstration of a county population perinatal system of care. Additionally, she co-leads the MI CARES (Michigan Collaborative Addiction Resources and Education System) initiative to assist physicians in becoming addiction medicine specialists.

Kelly Strutz earned her B.S from the University of Rochester, New York in 2002 and her Master’s degree from the University of Rochester in 2009. Her PhD was completed in 2013 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her postdoctoral training in Epidemiology at Michigan State University, Dr. Strutz was appointed Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University in the Department of Public Health from 2015-17. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Program Evaluation



Study Conception and Design

Data Management and Analysis

Maternal and child health

Health Services Research

Education (3)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: PhD, Maternal and Child Health 2013

University of Rochester: MPH 2009

University of Rochester: BS, Neuroscience 2002

News (7)

Partnership aims to reduce state shortage of physicians certified in addiction medicine

MiBiz  online


One of the barriers for health care providers responding to the opioid crisis in Michigan is a shortage of doctors trained in addiction medicine. To address the shortage, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University joined with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health to train and certify more physicians in addiction medicine. Dr. Cara Poland co-leads Michigan CARES with Kelly Strutz, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. Michigan CARES — short for Collaborative Addiction Resources and Education System — offers a streamlined, alternative process that uses online curriculum, clinical experience, and technical support for physicians applying to take the board exam to earn certification.

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Partnership aims to curb growing opioid epidemic

Grand Rapids Business Journal  online

In an effort to curb the advancing opioid epidemic in the state, four institutions are teaming up to train more physicians to become addiction medicine specialists. According to Michigan State University, there are currently less than 200 physicians in Michigan who are certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry and only one of those doctors is practicing in the Upper Peninsula. “That’s not enough to meet demand,” said Kelly Strutz, an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the MSU College of Human Medicine. “The goal is for us to be able to reach the entire state and train more physicians.”

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Is It Normal to Bleed After Sex?

Shape Magazine  


"Lack of sufficient lubrication may be the most common cause of bleeding after sex that's not due to a medical condition, whether because of the circumstances surrounding the sex activity (for example, new to vaginal sex, a little rougher than usual, or not enough foreplay) or because of hormonal factors," says Kelly L. Strutz, Ph.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Michigan State University. If you think this is the culprit behind your bleeding, Strutz notes that a good water-based or silicone-based lube may be all you need to fix the problem.

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New program will train doctors to better treat opioid addiction

Michigan Radio  


Dr. Cara Poland and Dr. Kelly Strutz lead the program. Kelly says that opioid addiction is at an epidemic level. She says Michigan has been ranked in the top ten of most effected states in some studies. There is a high level of addiction, paired with a low number of doctors who specialize in addiction. This leaves people unable to get the proper treatment they need.

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Answering the call to Michigan's lack of addiction specialists

MSU Today  


“That’s not enough to meet demand,” said Kelly Strutz, an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the MSU College of Human Medicine. “The goal is for us to be able to reach the entire state and train more physicians.”

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The FDA Just Approved the First App to Be Marketed for Birth Control

Shape Magazine  online

So is there a big difference between apps that prevent pregnancy and ones that help women get pregnant? Well, erm, no. The difference is in the marketing, apparently. "These apps identify days in which the user is more likely or less likely to become pregnant," explains Kelly Strutz, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Michigan State University. That means the same app can be used for both purposes.

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Everything You Need to Know About Preeclampsia (aka Toxemia)

Shape Magazine  online

Here's what you need to know about toxemia, according to health pros. "First-time moms are especially at risk, says Kelly L. Strutz, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Michigan State University. "It occurs in up to 5 percent of first pregnancies, but only around 2 percent of later pregnancies." Women with a family history of preeclampsia, and those with chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, are also at higher risk, she adds.

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Journal Articles (5)

Delay Discounting Interacts with Distress Toleranceto Predict Depression and Alcohol Use Disordersamong Individuals Receiving Inpatient Substance UseServices

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction

Julia W. Felton, Kelly L. Strutz, Heather L. McCauley, Cara A. Poland, Kathryn J. Barnhart, Carl W. Lejuez

2019 Alcohol use disorders (AUD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) co-occur frequently in both the general population (Carton et al. 2018) and specifically among those seeking treatment for substance use (SU) (Grant et al. 2004). Individuals in SU treatment with co-occurring mood disorders experience worse outcomes (Torrens et al. 2005) and higher rates of relapse following treatment termination (Hasin et al. 2002). Identifying shared vulnerabilities associated with these disorders has the potential to improve identification of at-risk individuals entering SU treatment and could yield more effective and targeted intervention strategies. Thus, the current study examined the role of two psychological factors commonly implicated in the onset and maintenance of AUDs, delay discounting and distress tolerance, that may influence co-occurring MDD among a sample of individuals receiving inpatient SU treatment.

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Life Course Adversity and Prior Miscarriage in a Pregnancy Cohort

Women's Health Issues

Yu Li, Claire Margerison-Zilko, Kelly L Strutz, Claudia Holzman

2018 Prior studies indicate associations between preconception adversities and risk of miscarriage, but few have considered type (e.g., financial, substance use, abuse) or timing (e.g., childhood, adulthood) of adversities. We examined relationships between life course adversities in multiple domains and probability of miscarriage.

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Moderately elevated blood pressure during pregnancy and odds of hypertension later in life: the POUCHmoms longitudinal study

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Galit Levi Dunietz, Kelly L Strutz, Claudia Holzman, Yan Tian, David Todem, Bertha L Bullen, Janet M Catov

2017 Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy signal an increased risk of cardiovascular disease for women. However, future hypertension risk among pregnant women with moderately elevated blood pressure (BP) is unknown. We examined associations among moderately elevated BP or hypertensive disorders during pregnancy and later prehypertension or hypertension.

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Stressors Across the Life-Course and Preterm Delivery: Evidence From a Pregnancy Cohort

Maternal and Child Health Journal

Claire E. Margerison-Zilko, Kelly L. Strutz, Yu LiClaudia Holzman

2017 Growing evidence suggests that pre-conception stressors are associated with increased risk of preterm delivery (PTD). Our study assesses stressors in multiple domains at multiple points in the life course (i.e., childhood, adulthood, within 6 months of pregnancy) and their relation to PTD. We also examine heterogeneity of associations by race/ethnicity, PTD timing, and PTD clinical circumstance. Methods We assessed stressors retrospectively via mid-pregnancy questionnaires in the Pregnancy Outcomes and Community Health Study (1998–2004), a Michigan pregnancy cohort (n = 2559). Stressor domains included abuse/witnessing violence (hereafter “abuse”), loss, economic stress, and substance use. We used logistic and multinomial regression for the following outcomes: PTD (

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Health disparities among young adult sexual minorities in the us

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Kelly L Strutz, Amy H Herring, Carolyn Tucker Halpern

2015 Emerging research suggests that young adult sexual minorities (identifying as lesbian, gay, or bisexual or engaging in same-sex attractions or behaviors) experience poorer health than their majority counterparts, but many measures of health inequity remain unexamined in population-based research.

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