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Executive Committee

SPER’s Executive Committee is comprised of eight officers and includes a President, a President-Elect, an Immediate Past-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and four Members-at-Large, a Student Representative, and an International Representative. The President of the Society shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee. All officers of the Society must be members and are elected by majority vote of the members voting by mail or e-mail ballot.


Lauren Wise


Lauren A. Wise, MSc, ScD, is President-Elect of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER). She has been an active member of SPER since 2008.  A reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist by training, she received her doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. Since 2015, she has been Professor of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).  Her research involves the study of environmental and genetic determinants of benign gynecologic disorders, subfertility, and adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. Read more

  • ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, 2004
  • MSc, Harvard School of Public Health, 2000
  • BA, Bowdoin College, 1996

Talbot –419-East
Boston University
School of Public Health
Boston, MA
(617) 358-3424

Lisa Bodnar


Lisa Bodnar is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She is a perinatal and nutritional epidemiologist. The goal of her research is to discover the optimal weight and dietary patterns that promote the health of pregnant women and their children. She has contributed to scientific advances in our understanding of optimal weight gain recommendations during pregnancy, the reproductive consequences of maternal obesity, and the role of vitamin D deficiency in adverse birth outcomes.

  • BSPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998

  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999

  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002

5128 Public Health
130 DeSoto St.
University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Brian Whitcomb


Brian W. Whitcomb is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research is in the areas of reproductive and perinatal health and related women’s health outcomes, with a particular focus on molecular determinants, as well as epidemiologic methods.

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2006
  • BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 1995”


Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
433 Arnold House
715 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003

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Sarah Keim


Sarah Keim is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, The Ohio State University and a Principal Investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her research interests are focused mainly on child neurodevelopmental, behavioral and growth outcomes.

  • PhD, 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS, 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, 1999, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, 1997, College of William and Mary

Center for Biobehavioral Health
Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
NEOB 3rdfloor
700 Childrens Dr
Columbus OH 43085 USA
Phone: 614-722-3177
Fax: 614-722-3544

Erinn Hade


Erinn Hade is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Biostatistics at The Ohio State University.  She is a biostatistician whose research centers around development and evaluation of methods for study design and inference of observational and randomized trials focused on evaluating effectiveness of interventions, as well as in methods for use of administrative data sources in maternal and child health.

  • BA: French & Statistics, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, 1998

  • MS: Biostatistics, University of Washington, 2001

  • PhD: Biostatistics/Public Health, The Ohio State University, 2012

Associate Professor
Division of Biostatistics
Department of Population Health
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
NYU Langone Health
180 Madison Avenue, Suite 5-53
New York, NY 10016

Anne Marie Jukic

Member at Large

Anne Marie Jukic is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist whose research focuses on nutritional and environmental factors that influence fertility or early pregnancy health. Specific areas of interest include vitamin D, inflammation, phthalates, metals, and the biological and molecular pathways that underlie their effects. She is interested using social media and other apps to improve health research and you can find her on twitter @annemariejukic. Read more

  • PhD, 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
  • MSPH, 2004, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • BS, 1999, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology Branch
PO BOX 12233
MD A3-05
Durham, NC 27709
(919) 724-7766

Audrey Gaskins

Member at Large

Audrey Gaskins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her research focuses on understanding how environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors experienced throughout the life course influence reproductive health in men and women. Her current K99/R00 award from the NIEHS is studies the extent to which air pollution and its specific constituents affect fecundity, the potential for diet to modify these associations, and the possible mechanisms of action using metabolomics in a cohort of women undergoing in vitro fertilization.

  • D., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2014
  • S.E., Duke University, 2008

Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
1518 Clifton Road NE
Mailstop 1518-002-3BB
Atlanta, GA 30322
(704) 737-3314

Claire Margerison

Member at Large

Claire Margerison, MPH, PhD is a social and perinatal epidemiologist whose work focuses on understanding the multi-level determinants of disparities in women’s health across the life course. Her research has investigated the contribution of economic downturns, neighborhood environments, and life course adversity to pregnancy health and birth outcomes.

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • MPH, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • BA, Tufts University, 2001

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Michigan State University
909 Wilson Rd, Rm 601B
East Lansing, MI 48823

Nicole Talge

Member at Large

Nicole Talge, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Michigan State University.   Drawing upon her doctoral training in developmental psychology and postdoctoral training in perinatal epidemiology, Read more

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007
  • B.A., Lake Forest College, 2001

Dept. of Epidemiology& Biostatistics
Michigan State University
909 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-8623

Siri Haberg

International Representative

Siri E Håberg is the deputy director of a Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Fertility and Health, a research center at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, Norway. This is an interdisciplinary research center focusing on changes in fertility and family structures during the past decades, combining epidemiology, demography, genetics and medicine. Her research interest is in particular on fertility problems and causes of unsuccessful pregnancies, and assisted reproductive technologies and potential implications for child health.

  • MD, 1999, University of Oslo, Norway

  • PhD, 2008, Epidemiology, University of Oslo, Norway

Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Marcus Thranes gate 2, 0473 Oslo
0473 Oslo, Norway
Telephone: +47 21 07 83 32

Sonia Grandi

Student Representative

Sonia Grandi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the US National Institutes of Health. Her research focuses on the short- and long-term influence of preconception and perinatal exposures on the health of mothers and children. Her research interests include pregnancy complications, prediction modeling, methods in perinatal and pediatric epidemiology, and the safety of drugs used during pregnancy.

  • BSc, University of Toronto, 2001
  • MSc, McGill University, 2007
  • PhD, McGill University, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow
Epidemiology Branch
Division of Intramural Population Health Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
6710B Rockledge Drive, 3131D
Bethesda, MD, 20892, USA
Phone: 301-555-6677
Fax: 301-402-2084