Bernard Harlow

Bernard Leslie Harlow, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Bernard L. Harlow has a broad background in epidemiologic studies of female reproductive and gynecologic disorders. His research has focused on studies of malignant and borderline ovarian tumors, adverse obstetrical outcomes, premature menopause, and benign gynecological complications, particularly those arising in women suffering from childhood victimization and a variety of psychiatric disorders. He has made substantial methodological advancements in data collection, particularly with respect to studies of severe mood disorder and reproductive function, and studies of the prevalence and etiological predictors of chronic unexplained vulvar pain disorders. Currently, Dr. Harlow is the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with Dr. Kyle Rudser at the University of Minnesota, as head of the Scientific and Data Coordinating Center for a NIH-NIDDK multi-centered consortium that will launch descriptive, observational and clinical-based studies related to the wide spectrum of lower urinary tract syndromes in women. In addition to his research, his commitment to training is illustrated by the fact that about a third of his articles are in the mentorship role of doctoral and postdoctoral students, clinical fellows, and junior faculty members. Prior to his appointment at Boston University, he was a Mayo Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health for nearly 10 years. He also spent 18 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Schools of Medicine and Public Health.


  • University of Washington, PhD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • University of Minnesota, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • University of Rhode Island, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP816
  • SPHPH845
  • SPHPH880


  • Published on 2/11/2023

    Camenga DR, Wang Z, Chu H, Lindberg S, Sutcliffe S, Brady SS, Coyne-Beasley T, Fitzgerald CM, Gahagan S, Low LK, LaCoursiere DY, Lavender M, Smith AL, Stapleton A, Harlow BL. Sexual Health Behaviors by Age 17 and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms at Age 19: PLUS Research Consortium Analysis of ALSPAC Data. J Adolesc Health. 2023 Feb 11. PMID: 36781327.

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  • Published on 11/2/2022

    Smith AL, Rudser K, Harlow BL, McGwin G, Barthold J, Brady SS, Brubaker L, Cunningham SD, Griffith JW, Kenton K, Klusaritz H, Lewis CE, Lukacz ES, Maki J, Markland AD, Mueller ER, Newman DK, Nodora J, Rickey LM, Rockwood T, Simon M, Wyman JF, Sutcliffe S. RISE FOR HEALTH: Rationale and protocol for a prospective cohort study of bladder health in women. Neurourol Urodyn. 2022 Nov 02. PMID: 36321762.

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  • Published on 1/17/2022

    Estibeiro V, Juntunen A, Bond JC, Harlow BL. Menstrual Cycle Characteristics and Vulvodynia. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 Aug; 31(8):1127-1136. PMID: 35041490.

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  • Published on 11/10/2021

    Newman DK, Burgio KL, Cain C, Hebert-Beirne J, Low LK, Palmer MH, Smith AL, Rickey L, Rudser K, Gahagan S, Harlow BL, James AS, Lacoursiere DY, Hardacker CT, Wyman JF. Toileting Behaviors and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: A Cross-sectional Study of Diverse Women in the United States. Int J Nurs Stud Adv. 2021 Nov; 3. PMID: 35498154.

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  • Published on 11/10/2021

    Casey SM, Varela A, Marriott JP, Coleman CM, Harlow BL. The influence of diagnosed mental health conditions and symptoms of depression and/or anxiety on suicide ideation, plan, and attempt among college students: Findings from the Healthy Minds Study, 2018-2019. J Affect Disord. 2022 02 01; 298(Pt A):464-471. PMID: 34774646.

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  • Published on 10/1/2021

    Willis SK, Aiello AE, Chatterjea D, Nelson JA, Hibberd PL, Harlow BL. Characterizing Differences in Thymic Function in Women With and Without Vulvodynia: A Community-Based Study. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2021 Oct 01; 25(4):296-302. PMID: 34542085.

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  • Published on 9/14/2021

    Bond JC, Harlow BL, White KO. Care Seeking for Chronic Vulvar Pain Among a Large, Population-Based Sample of Reproductive-Aged Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 Apr; 31(4):513-520. PMID: 34520267.

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  • Published on 6/29/2021

    Bond JC, Kachura JJ, Fox MP, Weuve J, Harlow BL. Potential for Selection Bias in Studies of the Association of Hormonal Contraception and Chronic Vulvar Pain. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 02; 31(2):194-201. PMID: 34190629.

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  • Published on 1/4/2021

    Mühlrad H, Haraldson P, Harlow BL, Anell Olofsson M, Bohm-Starke N. Early Life Health in Women with Provoked Vestibulodynia and/or Vaginismus. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 06; 30(6):799-806. PMID: 33395559.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Golenbock SW, Wise LA, Lambert-Messerlian GM, Eklund EE, Harlow BL. Association between a history of depression and anti-müllerian hormone among late-reproductive aged women: the Harvard study of moods and cycles. Womens Midlife Health. 2020; 6:9. PMID: 32884826.

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