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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. 

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Jennifer Ahern

President

Dr. Jennifer Ahern, PhD MPH, is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Epidemiology at University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She examines the effects of the social and physical environment, and programs and policies that alter the social and physical environment, on many aspects of health (e.g., violence, substance use, mental health, and gestational health). Dr. Ahern has a methodological focus to her work, including application of causal inference methods and semi-parametric estimation approaches, aimed at improving the rigor of observational research, and optimizing public health intervention planning. Her research has been supported by a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of the Director.

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
  • MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2000
  • BA, Human Biology, Brown University, 1997

Contact

Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Dean for Research
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley Way West
2121 Berkeley Wat, 5th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
TEL: (510) 643-4350
FAX: (510) 643-5056
Email: jahern@berkeley.edu
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Jay Kaufman

Past President

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

Contact

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

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Onyebuchi Arah

President-Elect

Onyebuchi (Onyi) Arah is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Fielding School of Public Health, an affiliated professor in the Department of Statistics, and an Associate Dean of Graduate Education at Graduate Division, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also serves as Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is a physician and an epidemiologic methodologist specializing in quantitative methods for bias analysis, causal inference, clinical outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, and global social epidemiology. His research interests include applications of modern statistical, causal, and bias analytical methods to studies of metabolic, pediatric, perinatal, occupational, cardiovascular, infectious, and life course exposures and outcomes. Read more

  • PhD, University of Amsterdam
  • MPH, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • DSc, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • MSc, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • MD, University of Ibadan

Contact

Onyebachi A. Arah
Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
650 Charles E. Young Drive South
Box 951772
71-236B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Email: arah@ucla.edu
Phone: 310-206-0050
Website: https://ph.ucla.edu/faculty/arah

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Jessie K. Edwards

Member At Large (Education)

Jess Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist who focuses on developing and applying quantitative methods to inform public health decisions using imperfect data sources, particularly those prone to measurement error and informative missing data. Her work focuses on asking questions to improve care for key populations and people with HIV in the US, the Dominican Republic, and East Africa.

  • BS, Georgia Tech, 2007
  • MSPH, UNC – Chapel Hill, 2010

  • PhD, UNC – Chapel Hill, 2013

Contact

Department of Epidemiology
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2101 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27510
Email: jessedwards@unc.edu
Phone: 919-966-7438

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Matthew Fox

Member At Large (Scientific Dissemination)

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

  • DSc, Boston University, 2007
  • MPH, Boston University, 2002
  • BA, Bates College, 1995

Contact

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

 

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Anjum Hajat

Member At Large (Awards)

Dr. Anjum Hajat is an epidemiologist who seeks to understand how social and environmental determinants of health contribute to poor health and health disparities. She was awarded a NIH K99/R00 Career Development Award to study the intersection of psychosocial stressors and air pollution on cardiovascular disease. She also conducts research on the impacts of financial stress among low income populations; one project evaluates how the decline in employment quality may be contributing to widening health disparities. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle, a faculty affiliate at the Center for Studies on Demography and Ecology and at the West Coast Poverty Center.

  • BA, The George Washington University, 1995
  • MPH, University of Michigan, 1998
  • PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2010

Contact

Anjum Hajat, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
University of Washington
School of Public Health
Box 357236 Seattle, WA 98195-7230
206-685-3618 | anjumh@uw.edu
Pronouns: she/her

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Sunni Mumford

Member At Large (Communications)

Sunni Mumford is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Mumford’s research focuses on modifiable dietary and lifestyle factors across the life course that affect reproduction among women, men, and couples. As the incidence of infertility and pregnancy complications has been rising worldwide, low-cost modifiable risk factors, such as preconception nutrition, have the potential to play a pivotal role in changing the landscape of fertility and pregnancy health to set the foundations for lifelong wellness. Dr. Mumford has led multiple data collection efforts and innovative analyses to expand scientific understanding of the role of diet and lifestyle on many complementary reproductive health endpoints. These interdisciplinary efforts integrate information from different populations, which is critical for informing personalized, and evidence-based guidance on the role of nutrition and lifestyle.

  • BS, Utah State University, 2002
  • SM, Harvard University, 2006
  • PhD, University of North Carolina, 2009

Contact

Epidemiology Branch
Division of Intramural Population Health Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6710B Rockledge Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: 301-219-0756
Email: mumfords@mail.nih.gov

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Anna Pollack

Member at Large (Membership)

Anna Pollack is an Assistant Professor in the department Global and Community Health at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the relationship between environmental chemical exposures and fertility, pregnancy, and gynecologic health. Dr. Pollack’s research also addresses disparities in exposure, which stem from environmental and occupational sources. Read more

  • BA, Smith College, 2001
  • MPH, George Washington University, 2007
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2011 

Contact

Anna Pollack
Associate Professor
Department of Global and Community Health
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University 
4400 University Drive MS5B7
Fairfax, VA 22030
apollac2@gmu.edu 
703-993-6161