Martha M. Werler, DSc

Professor, Epidemiology
Martha Werler


Dr. Werler is Professor and Chair of Epidemiology. She is a perinatal epidemiologist whose NIH- and CDC- supported research includes projects on maternal serum markers of infection and abdominal wall defects; gene-environment interactions and clubfoot; medications, folic acid intake, and inheritance in relation to spina bifida; and psycho-social and cognitive outcomes in children born with craniofacial birth defects. She has published over 175 papers and book chapters; received the National Birth Defect Prevention Network Oakley Award, the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Mentoring Award, and the Teratology Society Fraser Award; and served on numerous NIH advisory and review boards. Dr. Werler is Director of the BU Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology training program for pre-doctoral candidates in Epidemiology and teaches Design and Conduct of Case-Control Studies.

Other Positions

  • Chair, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health


  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MPH
  • Boston College, BS
  • Boston University, DSc

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP749
  • SPHEP858
  • SPHEP912


  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Werler MM, Parker SE. Re: Herpesvirus Infection in Infants with Gastroschisis. Epidemiology. 2019 Jan; 30(1):e2. PMID: 30299407.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/1/2018

    Brogly SB, Saia KE, Werler MM, Regan E, Hernández-Díaz S. Prenatal Treatment and Outcomes of Women With Opioid Use Disorder. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Oct; 132(4):916-922. PMID: 30204704.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/10/2018

    Fisher SC, Van Zutphen AR, Werler MM, Romitti PA, Cunniff C, Browne ML. Maternal antihypertensive medication use and selected birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Birth Defects Res. 2018 Nov 15; 110(19):1433-1442. PMID: 30260586.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Werler MM, Guéry E, Waller DK, Parker SE. Gastroschisis and Cumulative Stressor Exposures. Epidemiology. 2018 09; 29(5):721-728. PMID: 29863532.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/28/2018

    Borsari L, Malagoli C, Werler MM, Rothman KJ, Malavolti M, Rodolfi R, De Girolamo G, Nicolini F, Vinceti M. Joint Effect of Maternal Tobacco Smoking and Pregestational Diabetes on Preterm Births and Congenital Anomalies: A Population-Based Study in Northern Italy. J Diabetes Res. 2018; 2018:2782741. PMID: 30050951.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Brogly SB, Hernández-Diaz S, Regan E, Fadli E, Hahn KA, Werler MM. Neonatal Outcomes in a Medicaid Population With Opioid Dependence. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Jun 01; 187(6):1153-1161. PMID: 29155919.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/22/2018

    Vinceti M, Malagoli C, Werler MM, Filippini T, De Girolamo G, Ghermandi G, Fabbi S, Astolfi G, Teggi S. Adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with changing patterns of exposure to the emissions of a municipal waste incinerator. Environ Res. 2018 Jul; 164:444-451. PMID: 29574254.

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  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Dukhovny S, Van Bennekom CM, Gagnon DR, Hernandez Diaz S, Parker SE, Anderka M, Werler MM, Mitchell AA. Metformin in the first trimester and risks for specific birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Birth Defects Res. 2018 04 17; 110(7):579-586. PMID: 29388358.

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  • Published on 1/22/2018

    Wallace ER, Collett BR, Heike CL, Werler MM, Speltz ML. Behavioral-Social Adjustment of Adolescents with Craniofacial Microsomia. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 May; 55(5):664-675. PMID: 29356621.

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  • Published on 11/2/2017

    Werler MM, Parker SE. The Gastroschisis Puzzle: Where are We and What is Next? Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017 11; 31(6):560-562. PMID: 29096040.

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