Elizabeth Hatch

Elizabeth E. Hatch, PhD

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 7/23/2022

    Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wang TR, Willis MD, Yland J, Crowe HM, Geller RJ, Willis SK, Perkins RB, Regan AK, Levinson J, Mikkelsen EM, Wise LA. A Prospective Cohort Study of COVID-19 Vaccination, SARS-CoV-2 Infection, and Fertility. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jul 23; 191(8):1383-1395. PMID: 35051292.

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  • Published on 7/20/2022

    Zagnoli F, Filippini T, Jimenez MP, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Vinceti M. Is Greenness Associated with Dementia? A Systematic Review and Dose-Response Meta-analysis. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2022 Dec; 9(4):574-590. PMID: 35857243.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Willis MD, Orta OR, Ncube C, Wesselink AK, Ðoàn LN, Kirwa K, Boynton-Jarrett R, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Association Between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Fertility Among Pregnancy Planners in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 01; 5(6):e2218738. PMID: 35771576.

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  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Mikkelsen EM, Savitz DA, Kirwa K, Rothman KJ. A Prospective Cohort Study of Seasonal Variation in Spontaneous Abortion. Epidemiology. 2022 May 01; 33(3):441-448. PMID: 35213511.

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  • Published on 4/24/2022

    Laursen ASD, Johannesen BR, Willis SK, Hatch EE, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Sørensen HT, Mikkelsen EM. Adherence to Nordic dietary patterns and risk of first-trimester spontaneous abortion. Eur J Nutr. 2022 Sep; 61(6):3255-3265. PMID: 35461408.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Cueto HT, Jacobsen BH, Laursen ASD, Riis AH, Hatch EE, Wise LA, Trolle E, Sørensen HT, Rothman KJ, Wesselink AK, Willis S, Johannesen BR, Mikkelsen EM. Dietary folate intake and fecundability in two preconception cohorts. Hum Reprod. 2022 Apr 01; 37(4):828-837. PMID: 35051293.

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  • Published on 3/13/2022

    Wesselink AK, Willis SK, Laursen ASD, Mikkelsen EM, Wang TR, Trolle E, Tucker KL, Rothman KJ, Wise LA, Hatch EE. Protein-rich food intake and risk of spontaneous abortion: a prospective cohort study. Eur J Nutr. 2022 Aug; 61(5):2737-2748. PMID: 35279733.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Yland JJ, Wang T, Zad Z, Willis SK, Wang TR, Wesselink AK, Jiang T, Hatch EE, Wise LA, Paschalidis IC. Predictive models of pregnancy based on data from a preconception cohort study. Hum Reprod. 2022 Mar 01; 37(3):565-576. PMID: 35024824.

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  • Published on 2/27/2022

    Yland JJ, Crowe HM, Hatch EE, Willis SK, Wang TR, Mikkelsen EM, Savitz DA, Walkey AJ, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. A prospective study of preconception asthma and spontaneous abortion. Ann Epidemiol. 2022 May; 69:27-33. PMID: 35235814.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Yland JJ, McKinnon CJ, Hatch EE, Eisenberg ML, Nillni YI, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. A Prospective Study of Male Depression, Psychotropic Medication Use, and Fecundability. Am J Mens Health. 2022 Jan-Feb; 16(1):15579883221075520. PMID: 35144505.

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