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.
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 (https://directory.sph.umn.edu/bio/sph-a-z/jaime-slaughter-acey). Read more
I am the Principal Investigator of the Interdisciplinary Research Invested in Social Equity (I-RISE) Health Collaboratory (https://www.jaimeslaughter-acey.com/), which aims to integrate social science literature with epidemiologic and system science methods to study of systemic racism, both structural and cultural, and its role in creating health inequities in MCH. My work, supported by the Russell Sage Foundation (PI: Slaughter-Acey) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (1R21HL150424 PI: Slaughter-Acey), investigates the social significance of skin color as a driver of prepregnancy cardiometabolic health and birth outcomes for Black women. I serve as a core faculty for the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at UMN-SPH and teach Women’s Health at the graduate-level. I also co-developed and will co-teach a new required course for doctoral students enrolled in the PhD in Epidemiology Program at UMN-SPH (How to be an Antiracist Epidemiologist). I enjoy mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. Through the I-RISE Health Collaboratory I support ~20 students (doctoral, masters, undergraduate) through paid and non-paid research experiences and mentorship.
- PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
- MPH, Tulane University, 2002
- BS, Texas A&M University, 2000
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Penelope (Penny) Howards
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
Atlanta, GA 30322
President – Elect
Edwina Yeung is a Senior Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Population Health Research in the Division of Intramural Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is a perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist. Her primary research interests are in the developmental origins of health and disease. She is also exploring the possible mechanisms underlying these associations, including epigenetics. She has served as principal investigator of a longitudinal cohort which recruited newborns from New York State and followed them into middle childhood. She has been an active member of SPER since 2009.
PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008
ScM, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
BA, Johns Hopkins University, 2003
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Helen Chin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health. 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 how endocrine disrupting exposures affect ovarian development and function. Read more
Dr. Chin was trained in epidemiology at Emory University where she studied access to fertility counseling and medical care for infertility among reproductive age cancer survivors. Before coming to Mason, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC.
- Doctor of Philosophy , Epidemiology, Emory University
- Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, University of South Florida
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of South Florida
Candice Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University. She studies how work-related policies affect the health of workers and their families. Her research interests include employment during pregnancy, access to paid leave, and occupational health inequities.
- PhD, Emory University, 2012
- MSc, University of Ottawa, 2008
Member at Large
Stefanie N. Hinkle is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania. Stefanie is a nutritional and perinatal epidemiologist. Her research focuses on the nutritional status of women and birthing people with the goal of reducing the risk for adverse birth outcomes and advancing their long-term health.
PhD, Emory University 2012
BS, University of California at Santa Cruz 2006
Stefanie N. Hinkle, PhD
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
423 Guardian Drive
812 Blockley Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: (215) 746-4218
Member at Large
Audrey Gaskins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. Her research focuses on understanding the influence of diet and environment on reproductive outcomes including age at menarche, menstrual cycle function, semen quality, fecundity, pregnancy loss, and fertility.
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering 2008, Duke University.
- Doctor of Science 2014, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Member at Large
EPA researcher Dr. Kristen Rappazzo works on projects investigating potential links between health outcomes—including birth defects, preterm birth, and mortality—and environmental exposures.
- Ph.D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
- MPH, Drexel University School of Public Health, 2005
- BA, University of Rochester, 2001
Member at Large
Stephanie Leonard is an Assistant Professor in the Dunlevie Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center at Stanford (https://dunleviemfm.stanford.edu/) and is Research Faculty with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC; https://www.cmqcc.org/). The overall goal of her research is to advance equitable, positive health experiences and outcomes for pregnant individuals. Her current research focuses on hypertensive disorders during pregnancy.
- PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 2017
- MS, University of California-Los Angeles, 2014
- BS, Cornell University, 2010
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Stanford, California 94305
Neda Razaz is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist at Karolinska Institutet. Her team specialize in linking and analysing large datasets in Sweden and Canada to understand the role of maternal and paternal chronic illness during pregnancy, and medication use for mothers and babies, during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, and beyond throughout the mother and child’s life course. Furthermore, they examine neonatal and treatment factors that influences the risk of neurodevelopmental and somatic outcomes in childhood and early adulthood.
University of British Columbia, PhD in Epidemiology, Dec 2015
University of British Columbia, Master of Public Health, Dec 2010
Sharonda Lovett is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on the influence of stress across the life course and sustainable ways to advance health equity. Specifically, the study of environmental and early life determinants (e.g., adverse childhood experiences, family/community violence, discrimination, neighborhood change) on various reproductive health issues.
- MPH, University of South Florida, 2020
- BS, University of Florida, 2018