Sarah Lederberg Stone, PhD, MPH

SLederbergStoneEntered BURPPE program September 2008
Graduated 2014

“BURPPE covered my travel to attend a meeting of the Society of Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Research and the CDC’s Maternal Child Health Epidemiology annual conference. I learned so much from the presentations and especially enjoyed the student workshops on methods and manuscript preparation.”

Brief Biography

Sarah graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Brown University in 1988. She went on to earn her MFA in Theatre Design from Brandeis University in 1993 and worked in theatre and film professionally for several years before changing her focus to public health. After earning her MPH at Boston University with academic distinction in 2005, she then worked as a clinical research assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital and entered the doctoral program in 2008. Sarah graduated in 2014 and completed a two-year applied epidemiology fellowship with CSTE/CDC in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  As a CSTE fellow, Sarah helped develop Massachusetts’s MCH priorities for the HRSA/MCHB Title-V block grant and was active in the Massachusetts Collaborative Improvement and Innovative Network (CoIIN) to reduce infant mortality. Since the completion of her fellowship, Dr. Stone has been working at MDPH as an Epidemiologist III in the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, where she continues to work with MA PRAMS and MA WIC (Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children). Dr. Stone continues to be an active member of CSTE.

Research Interests

Sarah’s primary interests within Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology include mental health, with a focus on disaster and emergency surveillance, perinatal infectious disease and birth defects, life stressors during pregnancy, infertility treatment and maternal mental health, maternal substance use and their substance exposed newborns, and children and youth with special health care needs. She is especially interested in perinatal, pediatric and adolescent mood disorders. For her dissertation, she used data from both the Massachusetts’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal Data System (PELL). The title of her thesis was: “Maternal Well-Being and Infant Outcomes in Massachusetts.”

Publications

  • Stone SL, Diop H, Declercq E, Cabral HJ, Fox MP, Wise LA. Stressful events during pregnancy and postpartum depressive symptoms. J Womens Health 2015;24(5):384-93. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2014.4857.
  • Stone SL, Speltz ML, Collett B, Werler MM. Socioeconomic factors in relation to discrepancy in parent versus teacher ratings of child behavior. J Psychopathol Behav Assess 2013;35(3):314-20. doi: 10.1007/s10862-013-9348-3. PMCID: PMC3772786.

Oral Presentations

  • Disaggregating Subgroup Differences in Safe Sleep Practices of Non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic Mothers with a Recent Birth — Massachusetts, 2007–2012, MCH EPI conference 2016.
    • Disaggregating Subgroup Differences in Safe Sleep Practices of Non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic Mothers with a Recent Birth — Massachusetts, 2007–2012.CSTE annual conference 2016

    • Postpartum Depression in Massachusetts — A Data Overview. Massachusetts Postpartum Depression Legislative Committee 2016
    • Improving Antenatal Corticosteroid Utilization Reporting on the Massachusetts Birth Certificate. Massachusetts Perinatal and Neonatal Quality Collaborative. 2015
    • Safe Sleep Initiative in Massachusetts. Welcome Family Learning Collaborative 2015.
    • Evaluation of birth defects reported on the Massachusetts Birth Certificate 2011-2012. CSTE annual conference 2015.
    • Perinatal Oral Health. Mass League of Community Health Centers Annual Clinical Conference 2014.
    • Postpartum depressive symptoms and hospital-based infant healthcare utilization in MA, 2007-2009. CDC MCH-EPI biannual conference 2014.
    • Stressful events during pregnancy and postpartum depressive symptoms in PRAMS Massachusetts 2007-2010.  SER annual conference 2013.
    • Stressful events during pregnancy and postpartum depressive symptoms in PRAMS Massachusetts 2007-2010.  CDC MCH-EPI annual conference 2012.

    Poster Presentations

    • Maternal Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Hospital-based Infant Healthcare in Massachusetts, 2007-2009, CDC PRAMS national conference, —awarded 1st Place Poster 2015.
    • Infertility Treatment and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms in Massachusetts 2007-2011, CDC PRAMS national conference 2015.
    • Infertility treatment and postpartum depressive symptoms in MA. CDC MCH-EPI biannual conference 2014.
    • Stressful events during pregnancy and postpartum depressive symptoms in PRAMS Massachusetts 2007-2010.  SPER annual conference 2013.
    • Infertility treatment and maternal postpartum depressive symptoms in PRAMS Massachusetts 2007-2010.  SPER annual conference 2013.
    • Infertility treatment and maternal postpartum depressive symptoms in PRAMS Massachusetts 2007-2010.  SER annual conference 2013.
    • Is mother always right? Predicting discrepancy in Mother-Child and Teacher-Child behavior scores.  BU Doctoral Student’s Research Day, November 2012.  Awarded 1st Place (4-way tie).
    • Is mother always right? Predicting discrepancy in Mother-Child and Teacher-Child behavior scores.  SPER annual conference 2012.

    Coursework

    • Statistics for Epidemiology
    • Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis
    • Advanced Epidemiology Seminar
    • Meta-Analysis
    • Case-Control Studies
    • Cohort Studies
    • Guided Epidemiology Study
    • Pharmacoepidemiology