Ohio University

Ilana Chertok

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Professor, Associate Director of Nursing Research and Scholarship


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Washington, 2003-2005
  • PhD, Epidemiology, Ben-Gurion University, 2003
  • MSN, Nursing, West Virginia University, 2008
  • BSN, Nursing, Rush University, 1998
  • BA, International Relations, 1991

Research/Professional Interests


  • 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. 
  • Jagiello KP & Azulay Chertok IR. (2015). Women’s experiences with early breastfeeding after gestational diabetes. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44 (4), 500-509. 
  • Grapov D, Lemay DG, Weber D, Phinney BS, Azulay Chertok IR, Gho DS, German JB, & Smilowitz JT. (2015). The human colostrum whey proteome is altered in gestational diabetes mellitus. Journal of Proteome Research, 14 (1), 512-520. 
  • Chertok IR & Archer SH. (2015). Evaluation of a midwife- and nurse-delivered 5As prenatal smoking cessation program.Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 60 (2), 175-181. 
  • Oza-Frank R, Chertok I, & Bartley A. (2015). Differences in breast-feeding initiation and continuation by maternal diabetes status. Public Health Nutrition, 18 (4), 727-735. 
  • Chertok IR, Casey ML, & Greenfield K. (2014). Approach to addressing prenatal smoking in West Virginia. West Virginia Medical Journal, 110 (4), 36-40. 
  • Shapiro A, Culp S, & Azulay Chertok IR. (2014). OSA symptoms associated with and predictive of anxiety in middle-aged men: secondary analysis of NHANES data. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28 (3), 200-205. 
  • Chertok IR, McCrone S, Parker D, & Leslie N. (2014). Review of interventions to reduce stress among mothers of infants in the NICU. Advances in Neonatal Care, 14 (1), 30-37. 
  • Azulay Chertok IR, Barnes ER, & Gilleland D. (2014). Academic integrity in the online learning environment for health sciences students. Nurse Education Today, 34 (10), 1324-1329. 
  • Sherman C & Chertok IRA. (2014). Review of interventions to increase hearing protective device use in youth who live or work on farms. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 (1-2), 3-12. 
  • Haile ZT, Gurka KK, Chertok IR, & Sambamoorthi U. (2014). Factors associated with utilization of sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine during pregnancy among women in Kenya: A cross-sectional study. Maternal Child Health Journal, 18 (5), 1104-1113. 
  • Haile ZT, Chertok IR, & Teweldeberhan A. (2013). Determinants of utilization of sufficient tetanus toxoid immunization during pregnancy: Evidence from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, 2008-2009. Journal of Community Health, 38(3), 492-499. 
  • Tworek C, Horn KA, Anderson RH, Chertok I, Danek RL, Holmes A & Adkins B. (2013). Encouraging smoking cessation during pregnancy in West Virginia: Using Fax-to-Quit as a cessation strategy. West Virginia Medical Journal, 109 (2), 16-21. 
  • McCave EL, Azulay Chertok IR, Winter VR, & Haile ZT. (2013). Sexual health behaviors in a random sample of students at a Mid-Atlantic university: 2010-2011. Journal of Community Health, 38, 310-319. 
  • Duckworth A & Chertok IR. (2012). Review of perinatal partner-focused smoking cessation interventions. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 37 (3), 174-181. 
  • Arzti-Medvedik R, Chertok IR, & Romem Y. (2012). Nurses' attitudes towards breastfeeding among women with schizophrenia in southern Israel. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 19 (8), 702-708. 
  • Nolan JA, McCrone S, & Chertok IR. (2011). The maternal experience of having diabetes in pregnancy. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23 (11), 611-618. 
  • Chertok IR, Luo J, & Anderson RH. (2011). Association between changes in smoking habits in subsequent pregnancy and infant birth weight in West Virginia. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 15(2), 249-254. 
  • Chertok IR, Luo J, Culp S, & Mullett M. (2011). Intent to breastfeed: a population-based perspective. Breastfeeding Medicine, 6(3), 125-129.
  • Chertok IR. (2009). Reexamination of ultra-thin nipple shield use, infant growth and maternal satisfaction. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18(21), 2949-2955. 
  • Chertok IRA & Hoover ML. (2009). Breastfeeding legislation in states with relatively low breastfeeding rates compared to breastfeeding legislation of other states. Journal of Nursing Law, 13 (2), 45-53.
  • Friend D & Chertok IR. (2009). Evaluation of an educational intervention to promote breast pump use among women with infants in a special care nursery in Kenya. Public Health Nursing, 26 (4), 339-345. 
  • Chertok IR, Raz I, Shoham I, Haddad H, & Wiznitzer A. (2009). Effects of early breastfeeding on neonatal glucose levels of term infants born to women with gestational diabetes. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 22(2), 166-169.
  • Chertok IR & Shoham-Vardi I. (2008). Infant hospitalization and breastfeeding post-cesarean section. British Journal of Nursing, 17(12), 786-791. 
  • Chertok IR & Zimmerman DR. (2007). Contraceptive considerations for breastfeeding women within Jewish law.International Breastfeeding Journal, 2.  
  • Chertok IR. (2007). The importance of exclusive breastfeeding in infants at-risk for celiac disease. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 32(1), 50-54; quiz 55-56. 
  • Kannai R & Chertok IR. (2006). Prenatal panel screening considerations for non-neuropathic Gaucher Disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. Israel Medical Association Journal, 8(5), 345-348. 
  • Chertok IR, Blackburn S, & Schneider J. (2006). Maternal and term infant outcomes associated with ultra-thin nipple shield use: a pilot study. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 35(2), 265-272. 
  • Chertok IR. (2006). Breast-feeding initiation among post-cesarean women of the Negev, Israel. British Journal of Nursing, 15 (4), 205-208.
  • Chertok IR, Zimmerman DR, Taragin S, Silverman Z, & Hallak M. (2005). Implications of endometriosis for women who observe Jewish law ( halakha ). Israel Medical Association Journal, 7(2), 71-74. 
  • Chertok IR, Shoham-Vardi I, & Hallak M. (2004). Four-month breastfeeding duration in post-cesarean women of different cultures in the Israeli Negev. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 18 (2), 145-160. 
  • Chertok I. (2001). Multifetal pregnancy reduction and halakha. Early Pregnancy: Biology and Medicine, 5 (3), 201-210. 
  • Chertok I. (1999). Relief of breast engorgement for the Sabbath-observant Jewish woman. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 28 (4), 365-369.