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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.


Jaime Slaughter-Acey


I am a perinatal epidemiologist by training, receiving my doctorate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in 2010. I have been an active member of SPER since 2011. I completed a NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship in perinatal epidemiology at Michigan State University (2011-2013). Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health ( Read more

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
  • MPH, Tulane University, 2002
  • BS, Texas A&M University, 2000


Office Phone 612-625-8357

Office Address:
West Bank Office Building, Suite 300

Mailing Address:
1300 South Second Street, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55454

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Lisa Bodnar

Past President

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


Penelope (Penny) Howards

President – Elect

Penelope (Penny) Howards is an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology Department at Emory University. She describes herself as a reproductive epidemiologist with methodological interests. Most recently, her research has focused on the reproductive health of birthing people with chronic conditions including cancer survivors, people with lupus, and people with sickle cell disease. She is also passionate about teaching epidemiologic concepts and mentoring students to help them achieve their individual goals. Read more

  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
  • MS, (Geography), Pennsylvania State University, 1994
  • AB, Dartmouth College, 1990

1518 Clifton RD NE, CNR 3029
Emory Universit
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404.727.8499

Helen Chin


Helen Chin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University. She is a reproductive epidemiologist with an interest in environmental exposures. Her research interests are centered around investigating factors that adversely affect the reproductive health of women and girls, as well as their offspring. Her current focus is studying ovarian development and function from the minipuberty of infancy through the reproductive years.

  • PhD, Emory University, 2015
  • MPH, University of South Florida, 2007

Department of Global and Community Health
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 5B7
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

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

Anne Marie Jukic

Member at Large

Anne Marie

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

Kristen Rappazzo

Member at Large

Kristen Rappazzo is an environmental epidemiologist whose research focuses on reproductive, perinatal, and children’s health. Specific areas of interest include air pollution, cumulative impacts of environmental exposures, modification of chemical stressors by non-chemical stressors, and linkages between ecosystems goods and services and human health. Read more


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, 2013
  • MPH, Drexel University, 2005
  • BA, University of Rochester, 2001

Bola Grace

Member at Large

Bola Grace, PhD, MBA has extensive experience in women’s health and reproductive health across multiple sectors; currently, with UCL Elizabeth Gareth Anderson Institute for Women’s Health. Bola values collaborative research into a variety of topics including reproductive epidemiology, digital health, gender and health inequalities. She enjoys coaching and mentoring and is passionate about helping underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.


  • Executive MBA – University of Cambridge Judge Business School
  • PhD, Population Health and Epidemiology – University College London

UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health
Medical School Building
74 Huntley Street

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

Menolly Kaufman

Student Representative

Menolly Kaufman, PhD MPH, is a perinatal epidemiologist and Medicaid researcher. She is a recent graduate of the Oregon Health & Science University-Portland State University School of Public Health epidemiology doctoral program. Her dissertation examined the role of health insurance and health care financial burden on postpartum morbidity. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness and studies how Medicaid policies and health system transformations impact maternal health. Students and trainees are encouraged to email her ( or find her on Twitter (@menollyk) with any SPER-related questions.

  • PhD, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, 2022
  • MPH, George Washington University, 2013
  • BA, Furman University, 2010


Twitter: @menollyk