Executive Committee

The control and administration of SER is vested in an Executive Committee, which, as per SER bylaws, includes a President, Past-President, President-Elect, five Members at large and an Executive Director. All positions, except for the Executive Director, are elected individually by majority vote of the members voting. 


Martha Werler


Martha Werler is a Professor and Chair of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health.  She is a perinatal epidemiologist, whose focus is primarily birth defects.  She has conducted numerous case-control studies on risk factors for specific structural defects, including maternal use of medication, diet, infections.  She also has a longitudinal study of children born with craniofacial anomalies to assess neurodevelopmental outcomes.   

  • DSc, Boston University, 1989
  • MPH, University of Michigan, 1983
  • BS, Boston College, 1980


Martha M. Werler, DSc
Professor and Chair, Epidemiology
Boston University
School of Public Health
715 Albany Street
Boston, MA  02118


Enrique Schisterman


Enrique Schisterman is a senior investigator and chief of the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR), NICHD, NIH. His research interests focus on epidemiological methods and reproductive epidemiology, with a specific interests in biomarkers and low cost-infertility interventions and their implication with infertility in men and women. Read more

  • PhD, Epidemiology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1999
  • MA, Statistics, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1995
  • BA, Statistics (Summa Cum Laude), Haifa University, 1991


Epidemiology 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 3136
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 435-6893


Jay Kaufman


Dr. Kaufman is currently Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University.  He is also currently appointed as Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health of the University of Chile, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health (Ann Arbor, MI), and Adjunct Professor Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC).  Read more

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, 1995
  • Bachelor of Music, Peabody Institute of Music, 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1986


Jay S. Kaufman, Ph.D
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
McGill University
1020 Pine Ave West
Montreal, Quebec H3A1A2 CANADA
email: jay.kaufman@mcgill.ca
website:  www.jayskaufman.com
Phone: 514-398-7341


Magdalena Cerda

Member At Large
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.


  • DrPH, Harvard University, 2006
  • MPH, Yale University, 1999
  • BS, Cornell University, 1997


Department of Population Health
NYU School of Medicine
180 Madison Avenue, Room 416
New York, NY, 10016
Phone: 646-501-3649
Email: magdalena.cerda@nyumc.org


Matthew Fox

Member At Large

Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH, is Professor in the Department Global Health & Development and in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University. Dr. Fox joined the center in 2001. His research interests include treatment outcomes in HIV-treatment programs, infectious disease epidemiology (with specific interests in HIV and pneumonia), and epidemiologic methods. Dr. Fox works on ways to improve retention in HIV-care programs in South Africa from the time of testing HIV-positive through long-term treatment. As part of this work, he is involved in analyses to assess the impact of changes in South Africa¹s National Treatment Guidelines for HIV. Dr. Fox also does research on quantitative bias analysis and co-authored a book on these methods, Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Data. Read more


Boston University School of Public Health
801 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
Tele: (617) 358-2062



Katherine Keyes

Member At Large
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.

  • BA University of Minnesota, 2001
  • BS University of Minnesota, 2001
  • MPH Columbia University, 2004
  • PhD Columbia University, 2010


Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Columbia University

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street, #724

New York, NY 10032


Whitney Robinson

Member At Large
Membership Committee Co-Chair

Whitney R. Robinson is an epidemiologist who specializes in quantitative methodology for studying health inequalities. Dr. Robinson’s research identifies how social and environmental factors underpin race and sex differences in health — even for inequalities sometimes presumed to be mostly biologically based, such as racial differences in cancer incidence or rates of hysterectomy. Dr. Robinson currently uses health care data to investigate racial/ethnic differences in hysterectomy rates among young women.  She also leads an R03 to investigate why people diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma who are obese live longer than those who are normal-weight.  Read more


Epidemiology Department
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
CB 7435, McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435


Daniel Westreich

Member at Large
Awards Committee Co-Chair

Daniel Westreich is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research focuses at the intersection of HIV and women’s reproductive health, and epidemiologic methods for implementation science that look beyond internal validity toward issues of external validity, and beyond the effects of exposures toward the potential effects of realistic interventions.

  • PhD Epidemiology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2008
  • MSPH, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2005
  • BS, Yale University, 1998


Department of Epidemiology
CB 7435, McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
ph: 919 966 7437