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, Secretary-Treasurer, four Members at large and an Executive Director. All positions, except for the Administrative Director, are elected individually by majority vote of the members voting. 


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 interest in biomarkers and their impact on women’s health. 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


Andrew Olshan


Andy Olshan is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research interests include cancer, reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology with a focus on the etiology of head and neck cancer, breast cancer, childhood cancer, and birth defects.

  • PhD, University of Washington, 1987
  • MS, University of Washington, 1982
  • BA, Arizona State University, 1978


Department of Epidemiology
2101B McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Gillings School of Global Public Health, CB#7435,
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Ph:  (919) 966-7424


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


Whitney Robinson

Secretary – Treasurer

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


Magdalena Cerda

Member At Large

Magdalena Cerda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University School of Medicine. 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 an 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


Pam Factor-Litvak

Member At Large

Pam Factor-Litvak is professor of epidemiology at CUMC in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and is also Associate Dean for Research Resources.  Her areas of expertise are children’s environmental health and the epidemiology of neurodegenerative disorders, such as essential tremor and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  Read more

  • BA , University of Rochester, 1977
  • MS, Harvard School of Public Health 1979
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1992


Department of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
722 West 168 St
New York, NY 10032
Room 1614


Katherine Keyes

Member At Large

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

  • 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