Secondary Faculty

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.

Julie Palmer, Sc.D., is Senior Epidemiologist (Slone Epidemiology Center) and Professor in EP. Dr. Palmer is PI of the Boston center of the NCI collaborative follow-up study of DES exposed daughters. She conducted one of very few epidemiologic studies of risk factors gestational trophoblastic disease.

Carol Louik, Sc.D., is Epidemiologist (Slone Epidemiology Center) and Assistant Professor in EP. Dr. Louik’s focus is drug epidemiology. Her research includes studying the risks and safety of asthma medications, vaccine exposures, herbal products, and nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

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.

Lois McCloskey, Dr.P.H., is Associate Professor and Director of the MCH concentration in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Her research activities involve health services and qualitative research in the area of racial and ethnic disparities in preterm delivery and infant mortality. Her work also includes prenatal care and pregnancy outcomes in low-income women.

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.

Eugene Declerq, Ph.D., is Professor of MCH and Assistant Dean for Doctoral Education, BUSPH, works closely with students interested in maternal and child health research, helping them identify projects at Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health and other public health venues. His research is both quantitative and qualitative on prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum experiences.

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.

Emily Rothman, Sc.D., Associate Professor of CHS. Her research is in interpersonal violence, particularly teen dating violence and youth gang violence. She has conducted research on more than 500 adolescents to identify factors that predict healthy behaviors. She also has pending project to examine daily alcohol use and dating violence.

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.

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.

Louis Vernacchio, M.D., M.Sc., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. His research is in the under-studied area of pediatric primary-care practice. He is currently conducting a randomized clinical trial of xylitol syrup for the prevention of otitis media. Dr. Vernacchio spends half of his time in private practice and has kindly agreed to allow trainees to shadow him there.

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.

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.