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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.


Hoda S. Abdel Magid

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

Hoda S. Abdel Magid earned a Masters of Health Science in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently completing her postdoctoral training in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University and is also a fellow in the Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) at the Palo Alto VA. Additionally, she is currently a lecturer at Santa Clara University, teaching undergraduate epidemiology and biostatistics. Her current research builds upon her previous training to further understand chronic disease risk behaviors and leverages spatial epidemiology to examine health disparities among socially-marginalized communities.


Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
Stanford University

Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Fellow (BD-STEP)
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Public Health Sciences Program
Santa Clara University

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Office: (650) 736 – 2968


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


David Lopez

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

David S. Lopez completed a pre-doctoral fellowship training in cancer epidemiology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center- Department of Epidemiology, and a post-doctoral fellowship training in cancer epidemiology at the Bloomberg Johns Hopkins School of Public Health- Department of Epidemiology. In 2018 he began an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is currently an Associate Professor in the same Department. Dr. Lopez research interests is in cancer health disparities, hormone-related cancers, cardiovascular diseases and their interplay with statins and endogenous and exogenous testosterone.  


The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555
Phone: 409-772-913


Amira Aker

Sarah Andrea

Obefemi Babalola

Monique Brown

Timothy Crawford

Mary Diazsantana

Aileen Duldulao

Luther – King Fasehun

David Gonzalez

Bernard Harlow

Marcia Pescador Jimenez

Dayna Johnson

Marynia Kolak

Christina Ludema

Veronica McSorley

Lindsay Fernandez-Rhodes

Jamaica Robinson

Brooke Staley

Alvin Thomas

Aracelis Torres

Desiree Vidana

Mahsa Yazdy