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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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
Atlanta, GA 30322
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 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
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
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
1518 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
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
Dr. Jukic is an investigator with the intramural research program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Public Health. She was the recipient of a K99/R00 award to examine vitamin D and reproductive function and she is a principal or co-investigator on several other studies of time to pregnancy.
- 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
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
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 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, 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 (email@example.com) 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