Elizabeth E. Hatch, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Elizabeth Hatch
(617) 358-3987eehatch@bu.edu
Talbot – 318E
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Dr. Hatch’s research interests are focused on exposures related to fertility and pregnancy outcomes. She has been principal investigator of two NIH-funded grants to evaluate factors related to reproductive health in Denmark. Currently, in collaboration with Dr. Wise, she is leading a five year study to continue enrollment and combine data from the Danish cohort and the similarly-designed PRESTO cohort in North America. The study uses internet-based recruitment and follow-up and is evaluating factors related to fertility, miscarriage, and adverse pregnancy outcomes, with a particular focus on diet and medication use. With support from the Oak Foundation and the National Toxicology Program, Dr. Hatch is evaluating exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals a subset of women in the cohort, and whether they may affect fertility and pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Hatch is also interested in prenatal and childhood exposures in relation to long-term health outcomes such as hormonally-related cancers, reproductive outcomes, and obesity. She teaches cancer epidemiology and has conducted research on several cancer sites including brain cancer, childhood leukemia, and breast and cervical cancer. Prior to joining the faculty at BU in 2000, she was an investigator at the National Cancer Institute, where she led a large cohort study on the health risks of exposure to the synthetic hormone, diethylstilbestrol (DES) among women exposed during pregnancy and their offspring exposed in utero. She continues her involvement with the DES study as a co-investigator of the BU DES study site, where 2nd and 3rd generation offspring are being followed for cancer and other conditions.

Other Positions

  • Member, Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Boston University


  • Yale University, PhD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS
  • Harvard University, BA


  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Weuve J, Murray EJ, Wang TR, Mikkelsen EM, Toft Sørensen H, Rothman KJ. Changes in Behavior with Increasing Pregnancy Attempt Time: A Prospective Cohort Study. Epidemiology. 2020 Sep; 31(5):659-667. PMID: 32487855.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Wise LA, Wang TR, Willis SK, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE. Effect of a Home Pregnancy Test Intervention on Cohort Retention and Pregnancy Detection: A Randomized Trial. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Aug 01; 189(8):773-778. PMID: 32128561.

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  • Published on 7/29/2020

    Wise LA, Willis SK, Mikkelsen EM, Wesselink AK, Sørensen HT, Rothman KJ, Tucker KL, Trolle E, Vinceti M, Hatch EE. The Association between Seafood Intake and Fecundability: Analysis from Two Prospective Studies. Nutrients. 2020 Jul 29; 12(8). PMID: 32751290.

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  • Published on 7/23/2020

    Willis SK, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Ahrens KA, Wise LA. Post-partum interval and time to pregnancy in a prospective preconception cohort. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2020 Jul 23. PMID: 32700808.

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  • Published on 7/15/2020

    Schrager NL, Wesselink AK, Wang TR, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Boynton-Jarrett RD, Wise LA. Association of income and education with fecundability in a North American preconception cohort. Ann Epidemiol. 2020 Jul 15. PMID: 32681982.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Willis SK, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Tucker KL, Trolle E, Hatch EE. Glycemic load, dietary fiber, and added sugar and fecundability in 2 preconception cohorts. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 07 01; 112(1):27-38. PMID: 31901163.

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  • Published on 6/8/2020

    Crowe HM, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Sørensen HT, Walkey AJ, Hatch EE. Association of Asthma Diagnosis and Medication Use with Fecundability: A Prospective Cohort Study. Clin Epidemiol. 2020; 12:579-587. PMID: 32606983.

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  • Published on 6/3/2020

    Wesselink AK, Bresnick KA, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Wang TR, Huybrechts KF, Wise LA. Male Use of Pain Medication and Fecundability. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Jun 03. PMID: 32488260.

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  • Published on 5/11/2020

    Orta OR, Hatch EE, Regan AK, Perkins R, Wesselink AK, Willis SK, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. A prospective study of influenza vaccination and time to pregnancy. Vaccine. 2020 Jun 02; 38(27):4246-4251. PMID: 32409134.

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  • Published on 5/7/2020

    Harlow AF, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. E-cigarettes and Fecundability: Results from a Prospective Preconception Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 May 07. PMID: 32378702.

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