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Ilana Chertok

Ilana Chertok
Professor, Associate Director of Nursing Research and Scholarship

Dr. Ilana Azulay Chertok is a Professor and Associate Director of Nursing Research and Scholarship in the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions School of Nursing. As an international researcher in maternal-infant health, epidemiologist, nurse and lactation consultant, the primary focus of her research is examining factors influencing maternal-infant health, women’s health and lactation. She engages in interdisciplinary research in the United States and the WHO European Region, with a specific focus on culturally diverse populations. Dr. Chertok has served as a mentor to students and health professionals of various disciplines including nursing, medicine, public health and global health.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Washington, 2003-2005
  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, Ben-Gurion University, 2003
  • MSN, Nursing, West Virginia University, 2008
  • BSN, Nursing, Rush University, 1998
  • B.A., International Relations, University of Pennsylvania,1991

Research/Professional Interests

  • Maternal-infant health research
  • Lactation 
  • Women’s health
  • Culture and health
  • Current research studies:
    • Breastfeeding in women with and without diabetes
    • Infant feeding and stool study
    • Breastfeeding and breast cancer


  • Jesberger C, Chertok IRA, Wessels A, Schaumleffel C. Maternal and breastfeeding confidence after an infant prone positioning program. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs (accepted).
  • Chertok IR. Review of summary report on infant and child feeding. Journal of Human Lactation (invited commentary) (in press).
  • Hopgood D, Haile Z, Conley S, Chertok IR. (2020). Association between acculturation and sociodemographic factors and cardiovascular disease among immigrants to the United States. Public Health Nursing. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1111/phn.12825  
  • Azulay Chertok IR, Wolf JH, Beigelman S, Warner E. (2020). Re: ABM Clinical Protocol #34: Breast Cancer and Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Medicine, 15(12), 813. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2020.0051
  • Azulay Chertok IR, Haile ZT, Shuisong N, Kennedy M. (2020). Differences in human milk lactose and citrate concentrations based on gestational diabetes status. Breastfeeding Medicine, 15(12), 798-802. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2020.0051
  • Haider MR, Kingori C, Brown MJ, Battle-Fisher M, Azulay Chertok I. (2020). Illicit drug use and sexually transmitted infections among young adults in the US: Evidence from a nationally representative survey. Int J STD AIDS, 31(13), 1238-1246. doi: 10.1177/0956462420950603
  • Chertok IRA. (2020). Perceived risk of infection and smoking behavior change during the COVID-19 outbreak in Ohio. Public Health Nursing. 37(6), 854-862. doi: 10.1111/phn.12814 
  • Kurniawan D, Haile ZT, Chertok IR. (2020). The relationship between place of birth and early breastfeeding initiation in Indonesia. Journal of Human Lactation. doi: 10.1177/0890334420945299 
  • Azulay Chertok IR, Wolf J, Beigelman S, Warner E. (2020). Infant feeding among women with a history of breast cancer. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 14(3), 356-362. doi: 10.1007/s11764-019-00852-z
  • Saeed O, Haile Z, Chertok I. (2020). Association between exclusive breastfeeding and infant health outcomes in Pakistan. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 50, e62-e68.
  • Dizengof V, Levi I, Etzion O, Fich A, Blum A, Chertok IRA, Ben-Yakov G, Rouvio O, Greenbaum U. (2020). Incidence rates and clinical characteristics of primary gastrointestinal non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a population study. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 32(5), 569-574.
  • Bar-Zeev Y, Haile ZT, Chertok IA. (2020). Association between prenatal smoking and gestational diabetes mellitus. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 135(1), 91-99. doi: 10.1097/AOG. 0000000000003602
  • Black KD, Chertok IA, Acker CM. (2019) Development and psychometric testing of the maternal nipple shield satisfaction scale (MNSSS). Journal of Nursing Measurement 27, 524-533.
  • Chertok IR, Silk J, Kulasa K. (2019). Perspectives on barriers and facilitators in caring for women with gestational diabetes in rural Appalachia. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs, 44, 289-295.
  • Haile Z, Chertok I, Chavan B, Teweldeberhan AK, Stocum R. (2019). Combined influence of gestational diabetes and gestational weight gain on exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Medicine, 14, 538-550. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2018.0204.   
  • Haile ZT, Chavan B, Teweldeberhan AK, Chertok IRA, Francescon J. (2019). Gestational weight gain and unplanned or emergency cesarean section in the United States. Women and Birth 32, 263-269. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2018.07.011
  • Dugat V, Haile ZT, Chertok IRA. (2019) Association between stressful life events and exclusive breastfeeding in the United States. Breastfeeding Medicine 14(7), 475-481. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2019.0058 
  • Tanda R, Chertok IRA, Haile ZT, Chavan BB. (2018). Factors that modify the association of maternal postpartum smoking and exclusive breastfeeding rates. Breastfeeding Medicine, 13, 614-621. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2018.0079
  • Perry NR, Chertok IRA. (2018). Continuing education model for nurses regarding substance use disorder. Journal of Health Education Research and Development, 6, 3. DOI: 10.4172/2380-5439.1000272
  • Berlak N, Shany E, Ben-Shimol S, Azulay Chertok I, Goldinger G, Greenberg D, Melamed R. (2018). Late onset sepsis: comparison between coagulase-negative staphylococci and other bacteria in the neonatal intensive care unit. Infectious Diseases. 50, 764-770. doi: 10.1080/23744235.2018.1487075 
  • Chertok IRA, Haile ZT. (2018). Research in review: Meta-analysis. Journal of Human Lactation, 34, 420-423. doi: 10.1177/0890334418776619.   
  • Brandau M, Azulay Chertok IR, Himawan L. (2018). School-based risk factors associated with electronic and at-school bullying among United States’ high school students. EC Paediatrics, 7, 641-652.
  • Chertok IRA, Chertok N, Haile Z, Chavan, B. (2018). Association of youth characteristics and recent utilization of dental services in the United States, Frontiers in Pediatrics, 6, 104. doi: 10.3389/fped.2018.00104
  • Haile ZT, Sarfo B, Francescon J, Chertok IR, Teweldeberhan AK, Chavan B. (2017). The moderating effect of urban versus rural residence on the relationship between type of birth attendant and early initiation of breastfeeding in Ghana. J Hum Lact, 34, 810-820. doi: 10.1177/0890334417741881. 
  • Stabler M, Giacobbi P, Chertok I, Long L, Cottrell L, Yossuck P. (2017). Comparison of biological screening and diagnostic indicators to detect in utero opiate and cocaine exposure among mother-infant dyads. Ther Drug Monit, 39(6), 640-647. doi: 10.1097/FTD.0000000000000447. Erratum in: Ther Drug Monit, 2018, 40(2), 284. 
  • Haile ZT, Elmasry M, Chavan B, Azulay Chertok IR. (2017). Association between type of health professional at birth and exclusive breastfeeding. Journal Midwifery Women’s Health, 62, 562-571. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12657.
  • Chertok IRA, Haile ZT, Silanikove N, Argov-Argaman N. (2017). Lactose and citrate as indicators of lactogenesis II in women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Annals of Pregnancy and Care, 1, 1001.
  • Chertok IRA, Haile ZT. (2017). Trends in modification of smoking behaviors among pregnant women in West Virginia.Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21, 974-981.
  • Azulay Chertok IR, Haile ZT, Eventov-Friedman S, Silanikove N, Argov-Argaman N. (2017). Influence of gestational diabetes mellitus on fatty acid concentrations in human colostrum. Nutrition, 36, 17-21. 
  • Haile ZT, Chavan BB, Tewelderbehan A, Chertok IR. (2017). Association between gestational weight gain and delayed onset of lactation: Association between gestational weight gain and delayed onset of lactation: The moderating effects of race/ethnicity. Breastfeeding Medicine, 12, 79-85. 
  • Francescon J, Kling D, Haile Z, Chertok IR. (2016). Association between WIC enrollment and exclusive breastfeeding at three months postpartum among low-income women. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 116(12), 770-779.
  • Ahmadi-Montecalvo H, Haile ZT, Umer A, Chertok IRA. (2016). Adolescent pregnancy and smoking in West Virginia: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) 2005-2010. Maternal and Child Health, 20, 2465-2473.
  • Umer A, Haile ZT, Ahmadi-Montecalvo H, Chertok IRA. (2016). Factors associated with pre-pregnancy dental cleaning among women in West Virginia: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) 2009-2010. Oral Health and Preventative Dentistry. 14, 413-422. 
  • Kling D, Haile Z, Francescon J, Chertok IR. (2016). Association between method of delivery and exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 116(7), 430-439. Chertok IRA & Sherby E. (2016). Breastfeeding self-efficacy of women with and without gestational diabetes. American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 41(3), 173-178. 
  • Wiener RC, Sambamoorthi U, Hayes S, Azulay Chertok I. (2016). Association of breastfeeding and the federal poverty level: National Survey of Family Growth, 2011-2013. Epidemiology Research International.
  • Stabler ME, Long DL, Chertok I, Giacobbi PR, Pilkerton C, Laura L. (2016). Neonatal abstinence syndrome in West Virginia sub-state regions, 2007-2013. Journal of Rural Health, 33, 92-101.
  • Haile ZT, Teweldeberhan AK, Chertok IRA. (2016). Association between oral contraceptive use and markers of iron deficiency in a cross-sectional study of Tanzanian women. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. 132(1), 50-54. 
  • Haile ZT, Teweldeberhan AK, Chertok IR. (2016). Correlates of women’s knowledge of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and its prevention in Tanzania: a population-based study. AIDS Care, 28(1), 70-78. 
  • Haile ZT, Oza-Frank R, Azulay Chertok IR, Passen N. (2016). Association between history of gestational diabetes and exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge. Journal of Human Lactation, 32, NP36-43.