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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.


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

Lauren Wise

Past President

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

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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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

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. Kristen has become an expert in systematic reviews and assessments, most disappointingly to herself. She is an epidemiologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development where she performs both independent research and systematic reviews and assessments. She is interested in ensuring practical and emotional support for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.


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

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

Luther-King Fasehun

Student Representative

Luther-King Fasehun, MD, MSc, is a PhD student in Epidemiology at Temple University, Philadelphia. Originally trained as a physician, he practiced medicine in urban and rural Nigeria for a few years before transitioning into global health, specifically working in maternal and child health projects, advocacy, and research. As Country Director of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, concurrently leading the Foundation’s work in Ghana, Nigeria, and Uganda, he successfully secured program and project grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Amref Health Africa, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Johnson & Johnson. Read more

  • MS, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy, 2012
  • MD, University of Lagos, Nigeria, 2008


Luther-King O. Fasehun, MD, MSc
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
Temple University,
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Suite 924
Philadelphia, PA 19122,
United States
P: +1 267 407 9320