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 in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and entered the doctoral program in 2008. Sarah graduated in 2014 and is currently a CSTE/CDC Applied Epidemiology Fellow in Maternal and Child Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Research Interests

Sarah’s primary interests include Maternal-Child Epidemiology in mental health, with a focus on disaster-related maternal and child health, life stressors during pregnancy, and substance exposed newborns and their cognitive development. She is especially interested in perinatal and pediatric 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 is: “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

  • Evaluation of birth defects reported on the Massachusetts Birth Certificate 2011-2012. CSTE annual conference 2015.
  • 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

  • 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

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