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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. 


Onyebuchi Arah


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


University of California, Los Angeles
650 Charles E. Young Drive South
Box 951772
71-236B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-206-0050


Jennifer Ahern

Past 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


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

Bill Miller

President – Elect

Bill Miller is a professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University (OSU). At OSU, he served as the chair of the Division of Epidemiology and as the senior associate dean for research. Previously, he was on the UNC faculty for 19 years. He is an infectious diseases epidemiologist focusing on sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and substance use. His work has included observational and interventional studies in areas such as partner services, spatial epidemiology, sexual and social networks, surveillance, and access to HIV and substance use services.  Read more

  • AB, Princeton University, 1981
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,1985
  • PhD, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,1989
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina 1997


Division of Epidemiology
College of Public Health
Cunz Hall
1841 Neil Ave
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43220
Twitter: @BillMiller_Epi
Telephone: 614-292-2516


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


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
Phone: 919-966-7438


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


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

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Sunni Mumford

Member At Large (Communications)

Sunni Mumford is a Professor of Epidemiology and Co-Director of the Women’s Health Clinical Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. 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


Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Informatics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
423 Guardian Dr, 821 Blockley Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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 


Associate Professor
Department of Global and Community Health
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University 
4400 University Drive MS5B7
Fairfax, VA 22030 


Laura Balzer

Member at Large (Membership)

Laura B. Balzer is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Her expertise is in causal inference, machine learning, and messy real-world data. Dr. Balzer’s work addresses challenges in the design and analysis of both randomized trials and observational studies and has largely been motivated by ongoing collaborations in Uganda and Kenya. She is the Primary Statistician for several studies aiming to eliminate HIV and improve community health in rural East Africa (e.g., Overall, Dr. Balzer’s work is informed by cross-disciplinary, real-world problems and aims to ensure methodological advances in academia translate into real-world impact.

  • PhD, Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • MPhil, Computational Biology, University of Cambridge, 2009
  • BS, Applied Mathematics, University of Vermont, 2008


Associate Professor of Biostatistics
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way, 5th Floor Berkeley, CA 94720-7360