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Education Committee

The purpose of the Education and Professional Development Committee is to coordinate and guide SER’s efforts on education aimed at trainees, junior, and mid-career epidemiologists. The committee will supervise and coordinate education events that occur during the year and during the annual meeting, including SERdigital, SERtalks, SERplaylists and the Early Stage Investigator Project. The committee may develop other areas in which SER can fulfill its mission for education.


Catherine Lesko

Education Committee Chair

Catherine Lesko received her MPH from Emory University and her PhD from the University of North Carolina. She is currently a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work focuses on applying causal methods to cohort data and improving the HIV care continuum.




Katherine Keyes

Education Committee Co-Chair

Katherine M. Keyes is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Katherine’s research focuses on life course epidemiology with particular attention to substance use disorders, including long-term outcomes of adverse childhood environments, and cross-generational cohort effects on alcohol outcomes, drug use, and related psychiatric and chronic health outcomes. Her work has centrally focused on adolescent mental health and substance use, including the epidemiology of adolescent opioid, marijuana, and alcohol use in adolescence across historical time. Katherine is an expert in methodological issues in age-period-cohort effect estimation. She is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, has authored two books on epidemiological methods, and her work is funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
722 West 168th Street, #724
New York, NY 10032

Education Committee Members

Laura Balzer

Tarik Benmarhnia

Ellen Caniglia

Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist

Lorraine Dean

Audrey Djibo

William Goedel

Eleanor Hayes-Larson

Marni Jacobs

Elizabeth Jensen

Lindsay Kobayashi

Jeremy Labrecque

Xiaojuan Li

Brandon Marshall

William Miller

Ashley Naimi

Kristen Rappazzo

Kara Rudolph

Louisa Smith

Elizabeth Stuart

Peter Tennant

Priyanka Vakkalanka