Secondary Faculty


Shruthi Mahalingaiah, M.D., M.Sc., is Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University Medical Center. Her research interests are environmental toxins and reproductive and pediatric outcomes.


Bernard Harlow, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology. Dr. Harlow served as the Chair of the Infections Reproduction, Asthma and Pulmonary conditions study section at NIH.


Alen Mitchell, M.D., is professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Slone Epidemiology Center. He is principal investigator of the Birth Defects Study.

Lynn Rosenberg, Sc.D., is Associate Director of the Slone Epidemiologist Center and Professor in EP. Her research spans many areas, including contraception and cancers of the female reproductive tract. She is PI of the largest cohort African American women, which collects data longitudinally on reproductive end points. She is particularly interested in determinants of preterm birth in this population.

Michael Corwin, M.D., is Associate Professor of EP and Pediatrics at BUSM. Dr. Corwin conducts research on risk factors for sleep-disordered breathing in children and sudden infant death syndrome. He has developed innovative approaches to monitoring and studying breathing problems in small children.

Kimberly Shea, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of EP. Dr. Shea is an infectious disease epidemiologist with extensive experience working in large linked databases. Her current work focuses on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, especially pneumococcal disease in young children, and issues around vaccine acceptability and vaccine hesitancy.

Emily Feinberg, Sc.D., is Assistant Professor of MCH and, as a nurse, is on staff in Pediatrics at BUSM and provides primary care to children and adolescents at a neighborhood health center in Boston. Her research is in access to and quality of care for disadvantaged children. She has agreed to have trainees shadow her clinical work.

Patricia Janlewicz, D.Sc., is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Health with expertise in the testing of infants, children and teenagers with neurobehavioral measures.

Donald Thea, M.D. M.Sc., is Professor of IH. Dr. Thea conducts research on vertical transmission of HIV and neonatal survival in Zambia. He also has research projects with active data collection on HIV infection and pneumonia in young children in South Africa and India aimed at improved diagnosis and treatment.

Deborah Frank, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics at BUSM and Director of the Growth and Development Clinic. She is also Founder and Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, an organization that monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on the health and well-being of very young children. Dr. Frank has a longstanding research career looking at nutritional factors in pregnancy and infancy in relation to growth. She is PI on a 20 year-long follow-up study on illicit drug use in pregnancy and health from infancy through adolescence.

Aviva Lee-Parritz, M.D., is Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She conducts research on diabetes and pregnancy.

Renee Boynton-Jarrett, M.D., Sc.D., is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at BUSM. Dr. Boynton-Jarrett’s research covers social adversities in early life on neuroendocrine outcomes such as puberty, obesity, and reproductive health. She is also interested in multi-level modeling strategies for analysis of complex data.

Mark Mirochnik, M.D., is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Neonatology at BUSM. He and others in his division are engaged in many areas of public health research. For example, behavioral risk factors in pregnancy, such as illicit drug exposures, in relation to neonatal and infant outcomes are studied. His guidance in didactic and clinical curricula will be especially important.

Anne Merewood, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and MCH. Dr. Merewood conducts advocacy and program implementation in 32 hospitals in the US South.

Marlene Anderka, Sc.D., is a Lecturer in CHS and Director of the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research, Bureau of Family and Community Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Dr. Anderka is Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts Center of the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Her research interests include nausea and vomiting and medication use in pregnancy.

Mahsa Yazdy, Ph.D., is the new Director of the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research at MDPH.