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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. 


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
Phone: 514-398-7341


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


Jennifer Ahern


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


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

Magdalena Cerda

Member At Large (Communications)

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


Matthew Fox

Member At Large (Publications)

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


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



Katherine Keyes

Member At Large (Education)

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


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


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


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