The SER-SPC Board consists of a President, President-Elect, Past-President, Internal Affairs Chair, Media Chair, Education Chair, and two Program Chairs. Program co-chairs serve a two-year term, and one co-chair is elected annually in alternating years for each chair. The President-Elect is elected each year and shall serve as President the following year. The President shall serve as Past-President in the year following his/her term. All officers are strongly encouraged to attend the SER Annual Meeting.
Student and Postdoc members of the Society are entitled to cast one vote per position in the annual election.
I am a social epidemiologist and pharmacoepidemiologist with strong research interests in understanding the social context of prescription opioid use in the US. I very recently defended my dissertation towards a PhD in epidemiology at UNC Chapel Hill and have a BA in Comparative Literature and Economics from Columbia University. Prior to the PhD, I ran menu labeling studies at Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and worked on Wall Street as a research analyst. I have also moonlighted as an editorial assistant at a food magazine and as a sommelier with an Iron Chef. Read more
One thing students and postdocs need is personalized guidance from epidemiologists who have experience in the field to help navigate not only research but career goals. The SER-SPC board has a long history of helping students and postdocs expand their professional network and development. My vision for the SER-SPC board is to continue the successful events hosted at the annual meeting, but also identify new ways to provide students and postdocs with resources to explore career options, identify mentors (including matching predocs with postdocs), and build lasting relationships.
Another priority to address is gender disparities and underrepresented populations within epidemiology, particularly in leadership positions. Recent research has brought to attention areas of the field that need improvement. Local groups are addressing this problem but it needs national and international organizing. As SPC President-Elect, I would advocate for expanding resources to help facilitate greater awareness of local initiatives and foster networking opportunities at the annual meeting for students and postdocs. Within the sciences, epidemiology has the opportunity to be an advocate and ally in addressing these disparities, and the SPC can be source of ideas for SER.
As SPC President-Elect, I would also work to improve visibility of educational resources and access to financial support to enable students and postdocs to attend the annual meeting. I am honored by my nomination, and I hope to serve the SPC-Board over the next three years, advocating for students and postdocs within SER.
It is truly an honor to be nominated as a candidate for the Present-Elect position of the SER-Student & Post-Doc Committee (SER-SPC).
I recently completed a two-year postdoctoral training in the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH. Currently, I am a nutritional and environmental epidemiologist working on research projects funded by the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA. Read more
The ever-changing methodologies, funding, and priorities in epidemiological research present us students, postdocs, and other junior professional members both advances and challenges in this critical period of career development. Importantly, success is not a solo activity in this era of connectivity and it is imperative for us to face it together. As SPC Present-Elect, my priorities would include 1) advocating for financial support to sponsor conference scholarships, accessible workshop training, and semi-annual web meetings; and 2) leading initiatives to promote multiple approaches to boosting connectivity apart from the Annual Meeting (networking via social media, regional gatherings, and freely accessible webinars).
Also notably, the SER-SPC community is growing, so are the diverse interests and needs of students and postdoctoral fellows. Increasing students’/postdocs’ awareness of ways to translate current interests and passions into careers would be another priority for me. It is my goal for the SER-SPC board to assist you in taking on fundamental career-boosting steps via workshop offerings, mentor advising sessions, and interest group discussions at the Annual Meeting, SERtalks, and interactive webinars. Topics of interest may include but not limited to methodological training, communication skills (mentor-mentee and science-media), grant writing and timeline planning, and job search. The ultimate goal is to assist our student and junior professional members at varied stages in obtaining skills to not only succeed in epidemiological research but also in establishing or advancing careers.
I have been actively involved in the student and early career professional community over the past five years. Besides my service in committees including ad hoc Publications Committee of SER and Publications Management Committee of American Society for Nutrition, I am looking forward to bringing my experience and organizational skills to serve on the SPC Board and strive for active support for the increasingly diverse community it serves.
I appreciate your support and consideration!
SER has been a vital part of my academic growth as a graduate student, which is why I would consider it a great privilege to serve the SER-SPC community as a program co-chair. I am currently a 3rd year PhD student at the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, where I am a pre-doctoral fellow in the NIMH Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program. Read more
The annual SER meeting is the premier academic home for epidemiologists and provides space and opportunity for students and Post-Docs to exchange ideas and build networks with each other, as well as with more senior investigators. My goal as program co-chair would be to not only continue this tradition, but to build upon it, by implementing programming and workshops designed to help all of us take the next step in our careers, whatever that step may be. I believe that SER-SPC programming should be diverse enough that every student and post-doc attending the meeting can find a program, workshop, or session that will address their needs. A 1st-year graduate student and a 3rd-year post-doc are starkly different in their educational and professional needs, but both stages (and all in between) should be represented by the programming produced by the SER-SPC. Recognizing that needs change, I am committed to reaching out to our members to get a sense of the concerns that are at the forefront of our community for that given year. I will use this information to implement programming that addresses these concerns, making sure that each annual meeting’s programming reflects the current interests and concerns of our members.
I am honored to have been nominated for this position and I thank you for your consideration.
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. My research examines how social policies impact population and individual health outcomes, and I’ve developed a special interest in policies that affect access to reproductive health services. Accordingly, my dissertation explores the effect of supply-side abortion restrictions, or so-called “TRAP” laws, on women’s health outcomes in the US. I hold an MSc in Epidemiology (also from McGill) and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. Read more
Before starting my master’s degree, I worked for nearly 10 years (in the US and Canada) in the non-profit and higher education sectors. My trajectory, while somewhat unorthodox for a doctoral student, provided me with a number of translatable and valuable skills. Many of my previous roles required me to synthesize community feedback in the interest of building a better product, whether that “product” happened to be a website, a study, or a workshop.
I would welcome the opportunity to use my unique combination of skills and experience to promote the interests of SPC members. If elected as Program Chair, I would explore how best to effectively gather concrete input and programming ideas from our members; I believe this type of communication is key in ensuring the continued success of SPC initiatives. I would also draw upon my considerable coordination experience to tailor events to the needs of our community. I am honored to be nominated as SER-SPC Program Chair – thank you for your consideration.
I would love to serve on the SER Board as Program Chair because I have benefitted in many ways from the student-focused initiatives run by SER-SPC and would love to give back. The SER annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year; I have presented every year since 2013 and have many ideas on how to increase student engagement at the annual meeting.
I completed my PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University in 2015 and worked as a lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto last year. Read more
I have served as SPC Education Chair for the past year and am running for a consecutive term. I am a doctoral student in perinatal epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health. My research focuses on maternal lifestyle before and during pregnancy and its associations with various maternal and child health outcomes. For my dissertation research, I am studying perinatal physical activity, sedentary behavior, and offspring growth. I received my MS in epidemiology and biostatistics from Northwestern University, and my undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Chicago. I have been a member of SER for the past four years. Read more
During my time as Education Chair, I have organized two successful SERdigital web conferences, reintroducing the debate format for the fall SERdigital and hosting a multidisciplinary discussion for the spring SERdigital. I have also worked to set up an online SPC journal club, which will be starting this spring. In a second term as Education Chair, I will continue to work to meet the training needs of our members, focusing on two main objectives: 1) growing the SPC online journal club into a regular quarterly SPC event and 2) adding career development events to the SPC programming.
Established SPC programming, including the excellent SERdigital conference, provides opportunities to learn from experts in our field. As students and postdocs, I believe we can also learn a great deal from each other. This spring, I am introducing an online SPC journal club to promote interinstitutional discussion among our members. Based on your feedback on the SPC survey we conducted, many of you would like to see more career development events as part of SPC programming. As Education Chair, I would introduce a career development series to the SPC programming, with webinars by experts in our field about various career development topics of interest to our members, such as mentoring, grant writing, and career pathways in epidemiology. I believe these additions to SPC programming would greatly benefit our members in keeping current with epidemiologic literature, facilitating discussion across institutions, and making informed career decisions.
I am a 2nd year doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. My research focuses on the influence of neighborhoods and policies on substance use. For my dissertation, I will be studying the relationship between medical and recreational marijuana legalization and marijuana and alcohol use and co-use. I received my MPH in epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where I worked as a full-time data analyst for three years after obtaining my degree. Additionally, I have been attending SER annual meetings for the past five years. Read more
I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for Education Chair. Overall as Education Chair, my goal would be to encourage participation in and knowledge of the current SER resources and increase the opportunities for SPC members. At the University of Minnesota, I currently serve as a co-coordinator for monthly PhD student meetings and am in the beginning stages of developing a student-run epidemiology methods journal club. I hope to expand this journal club for all SPC members using the excellent resources of SER already available, such as the SERplaylists. The goal of the journal club in addition to the discussion of relevant publications will be to serve as a place for communication and collaboration for students across institutions. In addition, I will enlist post-doc and student input and feedback regarding SERdigital and SERtalks. I plan to work collaboratively with the SER-SPC executive board and in particular with the Media Chair to ensure that we expand our reach and all SPC members are aware of all the opportunities.
I am a Social Epidemiologist and have recently defended my dissertation in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at Drexel University very soon. My main research interests revolve around the macro social determinants of cardiovascular diseases. In particular, I am very interested in the macrolevel and local dynamics that lead to increases in cardiovascular risk factors and mortality. I am originally from Spain, where I trained as an MD, while discovering my love for public health and social epidemiology. Read more
I am very grateful for all the opportunities that the SER-SPC offered me during my training as a PhD student, so my main objective as a Media Chair would be to try to make sure that all Epidemiology Students and Postdocs have access to SER resources. In particular, I want to stress two aspects: (1) I believe we can strengthen our contact with academic coordinators around the country, making sure that students in all schools (regardless of their size) have access to the educational resources of SER-SPC; and (2) continue increasing the visibility of SER-SPC through the usual social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter).
I am an Epidemiology PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. I have an MPH in Epidemiology from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a BSc in Community Health from the University of Maryland- College Park. Read more
My research interest is in the area of Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric (RPP) epidemiology. My doctoral dissertation is examining the maternal factors and infant health outcomes associated with cesarean section delivery in a longitudinal cohort study in Hyderabad, India. I had the opportunity to travel to India last summer to conduct a pilot study to assess perceptions of mode of delivery in this cohort.
I joined SER in 2014 at the recommendation of Dr. Bernard Harlow, current SER president, who visited Pitt as a guest presenter in our RPP seminar. I have also been actively involved with the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER), and volunteered at the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas meeting in June 2016. I currently serve on the SER Communications Committee, which sets me up perfectly to act as the SER-SPC liaison.
I have participated in student government and held leadership positions in student organizations throughout my masters and doctoral programs. I also coordinated my department’s Maternal and Child Health journal club for two years. Through these and other experiences I have developed skills that would help me be successful in the Media Chair role – including communicating with diverse audiences, collaborating with colleagues in different schools, and managing webpages and email listservs.
If I am elected as the SER-SPC Media Chair, I would aim to increase member participation and communication on social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook), in addition to having more member involvement through posts on the website and contributions to newsletter content. There is also great potential to expand student and post-doc engagement with experts in SER through social media.
Since joining the SER Communications Committee I have become more aware of how social media can be used as a powerful tool not only to publicize SER events, but to disseminate epidemiologic research within and outside our field, and to build professional networks. I intend to promote the benefits of participating in social media initiatives, and would encourage SPC members to share publications and other epidemiology related accomplishments.
SER-SPC programs have greatly enriched my doctoral experience, and I am honored to have been nominated to serve on the SPC board as Media Chair. Thanks for your consideration!
Internal Affairs Chair
I am currently pursuing a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology and a concurrent MHS degree in biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. My research interests include cognitive aging and the mechanisms that underlie successful aging. My dissertation work is focused on applying and developing causal mediation methods to examine how various components of a volunteering intervention impact cognitive decline in older adults. Read more
Since joining SER, I have enjoyed attending the annual meeting and taking advantage of the benefits of SER and SER-SPC membership. Recently, I joined the Membership Committee of SER, and I am looking forward to becoming even more involved with SER through serving as the Internal Affairs Chair of the SER-SPC. This position and its responsibilities resemble positions I have held in the past, including Secretary of my former dormitory’s alumni board, so I have confidence that I can meet the responsibilities and duties of the position. In addition, I hope to use my position to maximize the number of travel scholarships available for SER-SPC members to defray the cost of attending the annual meeting. I thank you for your consideration.
I am currently a fourth-year doctoral student at the Boston University School of Public Health, where I also received my MPH in 2012. My research interests include substance abuse prevention and social epidemiology. My dissertation examines the influence of neighborhood, school and family environments on substance abuse outcomes and differences between sexual minority and majority young adults. Read more
For the past year, I have served as the Internal Affairs Chair on the SER-SPC board and it would be my privilege to continue to serve in this position. The roles and responsibilities of the Internal Affairs Chair align well with my past volunteer work on the board of a youth-serving non-profit organization, and with my previous experience working in community coalition building. In these roles, I was responsible for scheduling committee meetings, recording and disseminating meeting minutes, and submitting programmatic and financial reports to local, state, and federal funding agencies.
I look forward to continuing to contribute to the important work undertaken by the SER-SPC Board and I appreciate your consideration.