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.

Olga Basso


Olga Basso’s research area is reproductive epidemiology. Her main interests are on the contributions of infertility and infertility treatment on children’s health and on the methodologic and substantive aspects of studying neonatal endpoints in relation to gestational age at birth and birth weight. Read more

  • Universities of Milan and Pavia (Italy), 1996
  • University of Pavia (Italy), 1988 & 1991

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dept. of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
Purvis Hall, 1020 Pine Ave W, Rm 36A
Montreal, QC H3A 1A2
Email: olga.basso@mcgill.ca
Ph: (514) 398-6261


Carolyn Drews-Botsch

Past President

Carolyn (Carey) Drews-Botsch is a perinatal/pediatric epidemiologist whose research focuses on the causes and impact of developmental conditions including: congenital cataracts, fetal growth restriction, sudden infant death syndrome, intellectual disability and autism. Read more

  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988
  • MPH, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
  • BA, University of California, San Diego, 1981

Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
1518 Clifton Rd. NE CNR 3017
Atlanta, GA 30322
Ph: (404) 727-5725


Courtney Lynch

President – Elect

Courtney Lynch is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist whose research interests include: the identification of modifiable risk factors for fecundity impairment, including infertility and pregnancy loss, optimizing women’s healthcare delivery in the postpartum period and beyond, and pregnancy-related and infant mortality. Read more

  • PhD, Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2003
  • MPH, The Ohio State University College of Public Health, 2010
  • BA, Wittenberg University, 1995

Courtney Lynch
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
395 W. 12th Avenue, Suite 580
Columbus, Ohio 43054
Ph: 614-366-3899

Una Grewal


Una Grewal is Deputy Director in the Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  Her research focuses on fetal growth and development, particularly on the role of nutrition in pregnancy complications and outcomes.

  • PhD, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005
  • MPH, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000
  • MA, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997




Neil Perkins


Neil Perkins, Ph.D., is a statistician whose research interests involve epidemiological methods including receiver operating characteristic curves, biomarker calibration and measurement error and cost saving designs, with a particular interest in methods related to the complex challenges of reproductive epidemiology.

  • Ph.D. Statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, American University, Washington D.C., 2007
  • M.S. Mathematics, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 2002
  • Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing Minor, Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina, 1999



Emily Harville

Member at Large

Emily Harville is associate professor of epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.  Her research interests focus on social and biological causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly effects of stress on pregnant and postpartum women and preconception health.  Read more

  • PhD, University of North Carolina, 2005
  • MSPH, University of North Carolina, 2002
  • BA, Oberlin College, 1998

Department of Epidemiology
Tulane School of Public Health
and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal St. SL-18
New Orleans, LA 70112-2715
Ph: 504-988-7327


Michael Kramer

Member at Large

Michael Kramer is a social epidemiologist with interest in maternal and child health populations, particularly with respect to perinatal and early childhood outcomes. His research integrates social theory, spatial analytic methods and traditional epidemiology to investigate life course processes which produce population health disparities. Read more

  • PhD, Emory University, 2009
  • MSc, Emory University, 1998
  • BA, Earlham College, 1991

Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
1518 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Ph: 404 727-9818


Sunni Mumford

Member at Large

Sunni Mumford, Ph.D., is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch, Division of Intramural Population Health Research, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Mumford’s research focuses on the interplay between diet and male and female reproductive health and fertility.

  • PhD, University of North Carolina, 2009
  • MS, Harvard University, 2006
  • BS, Utah State University, 2002

Earl Stadtman Investigator
Epidemiology Branch
Division of Intramural Population
Health Research
National Institute of Child Health
& Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd. Rm 7B03
Rockville, MD 20852
Ph: 301-435-6946


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 Fee Road, Room B601
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-8623

Natasha Nassar

International Representative



Carmen Messelian

Student Representative

My research is focused on understanding how environmental chemicals impact fertility, pregnancy and human development.  I am working on the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) Study, an ongoing prospective preconception cohort established to evaluate environmental and dietary determinants of fertility among couples attending the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center in Boston. Read more


  • Ph.D. (Epidemiology), McGill University, 2014
  • MSc.PH., London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2000
  • BSc.(N), McGill University, 1998
Research Fellow
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department of Environmental Health
665 Huntington Avenue, FXB 102 A
Boston, MA, 02115
tel: 617.432.4572
email: cmesser@hsph.harvard.edu