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The purpose of the Communications Committee is to coordinate and guide SER’s communications to its members and to the general public. The committee also helps ensure regular and ongoing communication between SER’s members and the organization. The committee has primary responsibility for SERnews, the SER newsletter, for SER’s communication via social media, and for other forms of communication generated by SER.


Magdalena Cerda

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Magdalena Cerda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University School of Medicine, and the Director of the NYU Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy. In her research, Dr. Cerdá integrates approaches from social and psychiatric epidemiology to examine how social contexts shape violent behavior, substance use and common forms of mental illness. Dr. Cerdá is currently funded to evaluate the impact that prescription opioid policies and marijuana laws have on substance use in the United States and in Latin America, and to identify the potential impact that firearms disqualification criteria could have on population rates of firearm violence.



Department of Population Health
NYU School of Medicine
180 Madison Avenue, Room 416
New York, NY, 10016
Phone: 646-501-3649

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Sunni Mumford

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Sunni Mumford, Ph.D., is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch, Division of Intramural Population Health Research, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Mumford’s research focuses on the interplay between diet and male and female reproductive health and fertility.



Epidemiology Branch
Division of Intramural Population Health Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6710B Rockledge Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-435-6946


Eleanor Murray

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Dr Murray is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Her research is on causal inference methodology for improving evidence-based decision-making by patients, clinicians, and policy makers. She uses novel statistical methods to answer comparative effectiveness questions for complex and time-varying treatments using observational data and randomized trials when available, and individual-level simulation modeling when insufficient data exist in the time frame required for decision-making. She is applying these methods to a variety of medical conditions including HIV progression, cancer, psychiatric conditions, sepsis, and cardiovascular disease. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, working on causal inference for comparative effectiveness and real-world evidence in the HSPH Program on Causal Inference. She holds an ScD in Epidemiology and MSc in Biostatistics from Harvard, an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and a BSc in Biology from McGill University. Dr Murray is an Associate Editor for Social Media at the American Journal of Epidemiology and co-hosts the podcast Casual Inference. She can be reached on Twitter at @epiellie.


Department of Epidemiology
Boston University
322 Talbot East
Office: 617-358-3986
Pronouns: she/her
Twitter: @epiellie


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