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Brisendine's work focuses on racial disparities, developmental disabilities, and maternal and infant outcomes in addition to the evaluation and assessment of policies and programs at the local, state, and national levels. Overarching themes in Brisendine's writings include the impacts of the context in which an individual lives on health outcomes and translation of research into practice. Brisendine has served as the Assistant Director to the UAB Regional Autism Network and as the Secretary of the Alumni Board of The Altamont School.
Develops a tailored social ecological model and examines it across variables in the 2011/12 National Survey of Children’s Health. Performs a principal components analysis, cluster analysis, and multinomial regression to understand the patterns of service provision in the 2011 Pathways to Services and Diagnosis Survey. Finds disparities across a variety of measures of ASD diagnosis and service provision across social-ecological levels.
Investigates how stillbirth risks within and between race-ethnic groups change with age. As age increased, the risk of stillbirth increased for both blacks and whites. Shows that the disparity in risk between blacks and whites did not continue to increase with age, concluding that stillbirth does not seem to reflect the weathering hypothesis as other perinatal outcomes do.