Elizabeth Hatch

Elizabeth E. Hatch, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


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 Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Health Policy Management
  • Harvard University, BA Field of Study: Biology



  • Published on 4/10/2024

    Yland JJ, Zad Z, Wang TR, Wesselink AK, Jiang T, Hatch EE, Paschalidis IC, Wise LA. Predictive models of miscarriage on the basis of data from a preconception cohort study. Fertil Steril. 2024 Apr 10. PMID: 38604264.

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  • Published on 3/7/2024

    Joseph MD, Koenig MR, Kuriyama AS, Wang TR, Wesselink AK, Eisenberg ML, Sommer GJ, Rothman KJ, Stuver SO, Wise LA, Hatch EE. A preconception cohort study of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and semen quality. Andrology. 2024 Mar 07. PMID: 38450974.

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  • Published on 2/29/2024

    Troisi R, Bertrand K, Hatch EE, Strohsnitter WC, Aagaard K, Robboy SJ, Gierach G, Titus L. An Update on Prenatal Diethylstilbestrol Exposure and High-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions of the Lower Genital Tract. Obstet Gynecol. 2024 Apr 01; 143(4):603-606. PMID: 38422500.

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  • Published on 2/20/2024

    Savitz DA, Wise LA, Bond JC, Hatch EE, Ncube CN, Wesselink AK, Willis MD, Yland JJ, Rothman KJ. Responding to Reviewers and Editors About Statistical Significance Testing. Ann Intern Med. 2024 Mar; 177(3):385-386. PMID: 38373303.

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  • Published on 2/1/2024

    Bond JC, Coleman CM, Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Wang T, Willis M, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Savitz D, Eisenberg ML, Wise LA. Preconception sleep duration, non-daytime work schedules, and incidence of spontaneous abortion: a prospective cohort study. Hum Reprod. 2024 Feb 01; 39(2):413-424. PMID: 38059518.

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  • Published on 12/27/2023

    Wesselink AK, Kirwa K, Hystad P, Kaufman JD, Szpiro AA, Willis MD, Savitz DA, Levy JI, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Laursen ASD, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Ambient air pollution and rate of spontaneous abortion. Environ Res. 2024 Apr 01; 246:118067. PMID: 38157969.

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  • Published on 12/4/2023

    Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Regan AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Savitz DA, Wang TR, Huybrechts KF, Hernández-Díaz S, Eisenberg ML, Wise LA. A prospective cohort study of preconception COVID-19 vaccination and miscarriage. Hum Reprod. 2023 Dec 04; 38(12):2362-2372. PMID: 37864485.

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  • Published on 11/28/2023

    Sabbath EL, Willis MD, Wesselink AK, Wang TR, McKinnon CJ, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Association between job control and time to pregnancy in a preconception cohort. Fertil Steril. 2024 Mar; 121(3):497-505. PMID: 38036244.

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  • Published on 10/26/2023

    Wise LA, Wang TR, Mikkelsen EM, Wesselink AK, Calafat AM, Wegienka G, Geller RJ, Coleman CM, Willis MD, Marsh EE, Schildroth S, Botelho JC, Messerlian-Lambert G, Hatch EE. Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Anti-Müllerian Hormone Concentrations in Two Preconception Cohort Studies. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Oct; 131(10):107703. PMID: 37882725.

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  • Published on 10/4/2023

    Wesselink AK, Hystad P, Kirwa K, Kaufman JD, Willis MD, Wang TR, Szpiro AA, Levy JI, Savitz DA, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Air pollution and fecundability in a North American preconception cohort study. Environ Int. 2023 Nov; 181:108249. PMID: 37862861.

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