Bernard Leslie Harlow, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Bernard Harlow
Talbot – 424E
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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
  • University of Minnesota, MPH
  • University of Rhode Island, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS902
  • SPHEP722
  • SPHEP817
  • SPHEP912


  • Published on 11/5/2018

    Allen AM, Lundeen K, Murphy SE, Spector L, Harlow BL. Web-Delivered Multimedia Training Materials for the Self-Collection of Dried Blood Spots: A Formative Project. JMIR Form Res. 2018 Nov 05; 2(2):e11025. PMID: 30684406.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Mason SM, Frazier PA, Austin SB, Harlow BL, Jackson B, Raymond NC, Rich-Edwards JW. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Problematic Overeating Behaviors in Young Men and Women. Ann Behav Med. 2017 Dec; 51(6):822-832. PMID: 28425019.

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  • Published on 9/15/2017

    Harlow BL, Bavendam TG, Palmer MH, Brubaker L, Burgio KL, Lukacz ES, Miller JM, Mueller ER, Newman DK, Rickey LM, Sutcliffe S, Simons-Morton D. The Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium: A Transdisciplinary Approach Toward Promoting Bladder Health and Preventing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women Across the Life Course. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 03; 27(3):283-289. PMID: 29634445.

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  • Published on 7/7/2017

    Harlow BL, Caron RE, Parker SE, Chatterjea D, Fox MP, Nguyen RHN. Recurrent Yeast Infections and Vulvodynia: Can We Believe Associations Based on Self-Reported Data? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 Oct; 26(10):1069-1076. PMID: 28686502.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Harlow BL, Szklo M. Editorial: The 50th Anniversary of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Jun 01; 185(11):988-989. PMID: 28535260.

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  • Published on 5/26/2017

    Pasquali MA, Harlow BL, Soares CN, Otto MW, Cohen LS, Minuzzi L, Gelain DP, Moreira JCF, Frey BN. A longitudinal study of neurotrophic, oxidative, and inflammatory markers in first-onset depression in midlife women. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2018 Dec; 268(8):771-781. PMID: 28550365.

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  • Published on 4/4/2017

    Millar A, Vogel RI, Bedell S, Ayers Looby M, Hubbs JL, Harlow BL, Ghebre R. Patterns of postpartum contraceptive use among Somali immigrant women living in Minnesota. Contracept Reprod Med. 2017; 2:14. PMID: 29201419.

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  • Published on 3/23/2016

    Gisladottir A, Luque-Fernandez MA, Harlow BL, Gudmundsdottir B, Jonsdottir E, Bjarnadottir RI, Hauksdottir A, Aspelund T, Cnattingius S, Valdimarsdottir UA. Obstetric Outcomes of Mothers Previously Exposed to Sexual Violence. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0150726. PMID: 27007230.

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  • Published on 3/15/2016

    Szklo M, Harlow BL. Announcement. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Mar 15; 183(6):515. PMID: 26957008.

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  • Published on 7/16/2015

    Mason SM, MacLehose RF, Katz-Wise SL, Austin SB, Neumark-Sztainer D, Harlow BL, Rich-Edwards JW. Childhood abuse victimization, stress-related eating, and weight status in young women. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Oct; 25(10):760-6.e2. PMID: 26272779.

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