Skip to content

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the Society for Epidemiologic Research is to foster the diversity of our membership and work towards the engagement of all members, from diverse backgrounds at all stages of their careers, in the Society’s activities, with the intent of enhancing discovery in public health.


Nadia Abuelezam

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

Dr. Nadia Abuelezam is an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the William F. Connell School of Nursing. She graduated from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a ScD in Epidemiology in 2014. The goals of her program of research at Boston College are to use quantitative methods and novel data streams to better understand the inequalities in health care distribution and access in resource poor settings. 


Boston College William F. Connell
School of Nursing
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Maloney Hall 352
Chestnut Hill MA 02467


Stephen Gilman

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

Stephen E. Gilman, ScD, is a social epidemiologist focusing on the emergence and persistence of inequalities in common mental disorders over the life course. His work demonstrates the importance of the childhood environment for neurodevelopment and the subsequent onset and recurrence of psychiatric illness in adults. His current studies address the prenatal origins of inequalities including the role of fetal exposure to maternal inflammation on children’s neurodevelopment as well as the developmental origins of suicide mortality. Dr. Gilman has investigated long-term outcomes of depression including social inequalities in anti-depressant treatment outcomes and the physical health consequences of depression including mortality. Read more


Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch
Division of Intramural Population Health Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
National Institutes of Health
6710B Rockledge Dr, RM 3154
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 435-8395


Jay Kaufman

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

Jay S. Kaufman earned a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Michigan, followed by a post-doctoral position at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.  Later he was Medical Epidemiologist at Carolinas Medical Center before spending a decade on faculty at the UNC School of Public Health at Chapel Hill and the Carolina Population Center.  In 2009 he began his current position in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University, and holds visiting appointments at schools of public health in Chile, Michigan and North Carolina.  He is former chair of the SER Education Committee, an editor at “Epidemiology” an associate editor at “American Journal of Epidemiology” and co-editor of the textbook “Methods in Social Epidemiology” (2nd Ed, 2017).


Department of Epidemiology,
Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
McGill University
1020 Pine Ave West
Montreal, Quebec H3A1A2 CANADA
Phone: 514-398-7341


Amira Aker

Obefemi Babalola

Lisa Bates

Monique Brown

Timothy Crawford

Elizabeth Devilbiss

David Fink

David Gonzalez

Bernard Harlow

Marcia Pescador Jimenez

Dayna Johnson

David Lopez

Christina Ludema

Hoda Abdel Magid

Veronica McSorley

Jamaica Robinson

Alvin Thomas