Primary Mentors

MWerlerMartha Werler, Sc.D. , DIRECTOR 

Dr. Martha Werler is Professor of Epidemiology and Senior Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center.  She has been conducting studies of reproductive and pediatric outcomes for over 25 years.  She is currently conducting studies on vasoactive exposures in pregnancy in relation to risk of clubfoot, dietary glycemic load in relation to birth defects, and psycho-social outcomes in children affected with craniofacial malformations.  Dr. Werler teaches two courses: A Guided Epidemiology Study and Design and Conduct of Case-Control Studies.


AAschengrauAnn Aschengrau, Sc.D., CO-DIRECTOR

Dr. Ann Aschengrau is Associate Chair of the Epidemiology Department and Professor of Epidemiology.  She has conducted epidemiologic research on environmental pollution and the risk of disease for the past 25 years. In particular, she leads investigations on the relationship between drinking water contaminants and abnormal pregnancy outcomes and childhood health and on the impact of lead hazard reduction.  Dr. Aschengrau co-wrote the best-selling book Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health.   She teaches Environmental Epidemiology and Reproductive Epidemiology.



Dr. Kenneth Rothman, Professor of Epidemiology, has more than 30 years professional experience conducting epidemiologic research on a wide range of topics, including environmental and pharmaceutical exposures in relation to birth outcomes, as well as conceptual and ethical issues.  He is widely recognized as the author of two high-impact textbooks on epidemiologic methods, Modern Epidemiology and Epidemiology: an Introduction, and is the founding editor of the journal Epidemiology.  Dr. Rothman is also Vice President for Epidemiologic Research at RTI Health Solutions and holds an adjunct faculty position at Karolinska Institute, Sweden.


AMitchellAllen Mitchell, M.D., SENIOR FACULTY MENTOR 

Dr. Allen Mitchell is Director of Slone Epidemiology Center and Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics.  Dr. Mitchell, in 1975, applied the concept of case-control surveillance to the study of teratogenesis and initiated the SEC Birth Defects Study, which continues today with interviews of mothers of over 30,000 malformed and non-malformed infants.  He has particular interests in pharmacoepidemiology and, in addition to studies of drug teratogenicity, conducts studies evaluating the safety and risks of medications in children.  He is the principal investigator of the Slone Center Office-Based Research Network, which includes over 500 physicians who offer their patient populations the opportunity to participate in research.  This network has served as the basis for studies on anti-pyretics, diarrhea, and otitis media in children.


EHatchElizabeth Hatch, Ph.D., FEATURED MENTOR 

Elizabeth Hatch, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology with research interests in various reproductive and pediatric outcomes.  She has conducted studies in the area of reproductive and cancer epidemiology and is currently funded to study fecundability and reproductive outcomes in a large cohort of women enrolled via the internet in Denmark.  She is also conducting research on health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals.  She currently teaches Cancer Epidemiology and lectures in Reproductive and Environmental Epidemiology.


LWiseLauren A. Wise, M.Sc., Sc.D., FEATURED MENTOR 

Dr. Lauren Wise is Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Senior Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center.  Her work in reproductive epidemiology focuses primarily on environmental and genetic risk factors for benign gynecologic conditions, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and early menopause.  She also has a particular interest in early life determinants of adult disease.  She is co-investigator of the Black Women’s Health Study and the Danish Time-to-Pregnancy Study (Snart Gravid) and is principal investigator of two NIH-funded studies on uterine leiomyomata in black women.  Dr. Wise teaches “Design and Conduct of Cohort Studies” at the Boston University School of Public Health.