Kelly Diringer Getz, MPH, PhD

KDiringerGetzEntered BURPPE program September 2009
Graduated January 2014

“The BURPPE journal club has been a great opportunity for the trainees to discuss advanced study design and statistical methods as they relate to perinatal and pediatric epidemiology.”

Brief Biography

Kelly obtained a B.S. in biology from Millersville University in 1997. From 1997 to 2009, she worked as a Pharmacometrician for GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, and Pfizer performing population pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling and simulation. In May 2009, Kelly obtained her MPH from Boston University, and she started her doctoral studies in September. Kelly worked as an intern at the MDPH on the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, examining risk factors for a range of birth defects and other reproductive outcomes. Her thesis used data from the UK’s Clinical Practice Research Datalink to examine maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index, and maternal autoimmune disorders and infections in relation to risk of autism spectrum disorders in children. She also used data from the Massachusetts Early Intervention program and vital statistics linked via the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal data system to evaluate interpregnancy intervals and history of pregnancy loss in relation to autism spectrum disorders. At present, Kelly is a post-doctoral fellow at the Research Institute of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia within the Division of Oncology.

Research Interests

Kelly’s research interests include nutritional deficiencies and birth defects etiology, medications as risk factors for adverse reproductive outcomes, and infertility and its treatment.  Her thesis addresses the maternal cytokine storm hypothesis for autism etiology.


  • Getz KD, Anderka MT, Werler MM, Case AP. Short interpregnancy interval and gastroschisis risk in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 2012. doi: 10.1002/bdra.23061 (epub ahead of print).
  • Getz KD, Janulewicz PA, Rowe S, Weinberg JM, Winter MR, Martin BR, et al. Prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene and adult vision. Environ Health Perspect 2012. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1103996 (epub ahead of print).


  • Getz KD, Werler MM, Mitchell AA.  Maternal decongestant use and risk of late term vaginal bleeding in a population-based cohort.  The Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, June 23, 2010.
  • Getz KD, Anderka M, Werler MM, Case A.  Interpregnancy interval and adverse pregnancy outcomes.  The National Birth Defects Prevention Study Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 26, 2011.


  • Perinatal Epidemiology, Fall 2009
  • Statistical Methods for Epidemiology, Fall 2009
  • Generalized Linear Models, Spring 2010
  • Logistic Regression and Survival Analyses, Spring 2010
  • Statistical Genetics, Fall 2010
  • Embryology, Teratology and Prenatal Genetics, Fall 2010
  • Correlated Data Analysis, Spring 2011
  • Advanced Epidemiology Seminar: Study Design Issues, Spring 2011