Primary Mentors

MWerlerMartha Werler, Sc.D. , DIRECTOR

Dr. Martha Werler is Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the BUSPH Epidemiology Department.  She has been conducting studies of reproductive and pediatric outcomes for over 30 years.  She is currently conducting studies on infections in pregnancy in relation to risks of birth defects, on risk factors for spina bifida, and on psycho-social outcomes in children affected with craniofacial malformations.  Dr. Werler teaches two courses: Perspectives in Epidemiology and Design and Conduct of Case-Control Studies.


AAschengrauAnn Aschengrau, Sc.D., EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Dr. Ann Aschengrau, Professor of Epidemiology, has conducted epidemiologic research on environmental pollution and the risk of disease for the past 30 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. Additionally, she serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Health.  She teaches Environmental Epidemiology and Reproductive Epidemiology.



Dr. Kenneth Rothman, Professor of Epidemiology, has more than 35 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.


Elizabeth Hatch, Ph.D., is a 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.



Dr. Lauren Wise is a Professor of Epidemiology. She also serves as Associate Editor for the American Journal of Epidemiology. Her work in reproductive epidemiology focuses primarily on environmental and genetic risk factors for benign gynecologic conditions, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and early menopause. She is co-investigator of 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.”


Bernard HarlowBernard Harlow, Ph.D., GRANT WRITING MENTOR is Professor of Epidemiology and former Chair of Epidemiology and Community Health and Mayo Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. Dr. Harlow’s specific areas of expertise include benign gynecological disorders and the intersection between mental health and adverse reproductive and gynecological issues across the lifespan. Dr. Harlow served as the Chair of the Infections Reproduction, Asthma and Pulmonary conditions study section at NIH and has a long history of NIH grant funding.


Mari-Lynn DrainoniMari-Lynn Drainoni, Ph.D., TRANSLATION COORDINATOR is an Associate Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management, Associate Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at BUSM and Co-Director of the Evans Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences (CIIS) at Boston University. Dr. Drainoni’s areas of expertise include program evaluation, implementation research, and qualitative research methods. Her studies have focused on vulnerable and under-served populations, with a focus on persons with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, substance abuse, and mental health. Dr. Drainoni also co-directs the MS and PhD programs in Health Services Research.