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The SPC Online Journal Club is a live, online journal club for SER-SPC members. The journal club provides our members with the opportunity to discuss recent epidemiologic literature. Papers chosen for discussion in the journal club are focused on epidemiologic methods. Journal club sessions are led by one of the authors of the article. Please join us for our next session!



July 12, 2023
12:00 – 1:00pm EST

Alexander Keil; Stadtman Investigator; Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute

Alex Keil earned and MSPH in epidemiology in 2010 and a Ph.D. in epidemiology in 2014, both from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He is currently a Stadtman Investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute in the United States and was previously an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at UNC. Read more

Twitter: @PronouncedKeil 

Article: “Bayesian G-Computation for Estimating Impacts of Interventions on Exposure Mixtures: Demonstration With Metals From Coal-Fired Power Plants and Birth Weight


April 12, 2023
12:00 – 1:00pm EST

Dr. Alicia Riley, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Core Faculty in Global and Community Health at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Alicia Riley is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Core Faculty in Global and Community Health at University of California, Santa Cruz. As a sociologist, she studies how the health effects of structural inequality can be modified through policy. Dr. Riley has methodological expertise in complex survey analysis and substantive knowledge in older adult health, life course theory, racialization, Critical Race Theory, and health inequality theory. In addition to her research and teaching on health inequality, she has a longstanding interest in border health and migration. Read more

Article: “Advancing the Study of Health Inequality: Fundamental Causes as Systems of Exposure


January 11, 2023
12:00 – 1:00pm EST

Haidong Lu, postdoctoral associate, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health

 Haidong Lu is an epidemiologist and currently a postdoc associate at Yale School of Public Health. His research sits at advanced epidemiologic methods to make causal inferences from observational data (e.g., prospective cohorts and electronic health records), and thereby to build accurate and impactful evidence bases for health decision making. In particular, he is interested in infectious diseases, substance use, clinical and pharmacoepidemiology. Haidong Lu obtained his PhD in Epidemiology (major) and Biostatistics (minor) at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Article: “Toward a Clearer Definition of Selection Bias When Estimating Causal Effects”


October 19, 2022
12:00PM – 1:00 PM EST

Maryia Bakhtsiyarava, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Berkeley

Maryia Bakhtsiyarava is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Berkeley, where she conducts interdisciplinary research to study how elements of the natural environment – such as ambient temperature and greenspace – impact human health. Bakhtsiyarava is particularly interested in identifying and quantifying the future impacts of projected climate change on human health. At UC Berkeley, she is part of the international, multi-university Urban Health in Latin America (SALURBAL) collaboration that investigates the social and environmental determinants of health in Latin American cities.

Article: Ambient temperature and term birthweight in Latin American cities


July 20, 2022
12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT

Ellicott Matthay, Assistant Professor, Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population, New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Ellie Matthay is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population, at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She completed her MPH in global health metrics and evaluation at the University of Washington, her Ph.D. in epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and postdoctoral training at UC San Francisco and with the Evidence for Action program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her research examines the impacts of social policies, including alcohol and drug control policies on violence, substance use, and related inequities. Her methodological work aims to strengthen inferences about the causal effects of social programs and policies on health equity and population health. She currently holds a K99/R00 career development award to examine the interactive effects of local alcohol and cannabis policies on self-directed and interpersonal violence.

Twitter handle: @EMatthay

Article:  Alternative causal inference methods in population health research: Evaluating tradeoffs and triangulating evidence.


Dr Ashley Hill, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Ashley Hill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on reproductive epidemiology, health disparities and the co-occurrence of social, environmental and biological factors that contribute to sexually transmitted infections and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Article: Chlamydia trachomatis Is Associated With Medically Indicated Preterm Birth and Preeclampsia in Young Pregnant Women – PubMed (

This event is sponsored by the SER-SPC and SPER Student Committee.

April 20, 2022
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT


January 12, 2022
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Dr. Peter WG Tennant, University Academic Fellow in Health Data Science (University of Leeds) and Fellow (Alan Turing Institute)

Peter Tennant is an epidemiologist at the University of Leeds, UK with a primary interest in the use and implications of contemporary causal inference methods. He can be found tweeting about epidemiology, causal inference, academia, and other random things.

Twitter: @pwgtennant

Article: Use of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) to identify confounders in applied health research: review and recommendations


October 20, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Adam Leventhal, PhD

Director, USC Institute for Addiction Science
and Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory
Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences and Psychology
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California


Article: Digital media use and suicidal behavior in U.S. adolescents, 2009–2017


July 21, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Annabel X. Tan
PhD student
Stanford School of Medicine.

Article: Association Between Income Inequality and County-Level COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the US.


April 21, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Isabelle Malhamé

Assistant Professor, McGill University
Physician, Obstetric Medicine and General Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
McGill University Health Centre

Article: Identifying cardiovascular severe maternal morbidity in epidemiologic studies


This event is co-sponsored by the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER).

February 3, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Erline E. Martinez-Miller

Epidemiologist & Project Director
Social & Scientific Systems
A DLH Holding Company
Durham, NC
Department of Population and Data Sciences
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Article: Longitudinal Associations of US Acculturation With Cognitive Performance, Cognitive Impairment, and Dementia: The Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging


Date: November 18, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

This event is co-sponsored by the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER).

Jonathan M Snowden
Associate Professor
School of Public Health, Oregon Health & Science University/Portland State University
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University

Cesarean birth and maternal morbidity among Black women and White women after implementation of a blended payment policy

Sarah Osmundson, MD MS
Assistant Professor
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Cesarean Delivery Rates and Costs of Childbirth in a State Medicaid Program After Implementation of a Blended Payment Policy


Date: July 15, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

Author: Dr. Laura Balzer

Article: Machine learning to identify persons at high-risk of HIV acquisition in rural Kenya and Uganda

Link to Article

Author: Dr. Jason Salemi

Article: Estimating the obstetric co‐morbidity burden using administrative data: The impact of the pregnancy‐related assessment window


Link to Article

Jason L. Salemi, Michael A. Hansen, Sanjukta Modak, Jennifer L. Matas, George J. Germanos, Syed Ahsan Raza, Denny Fe G. Agana, Judette M. Louis

Date: January 15, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT


Author: Dr. Erika Garcia

Article: “Association of Changes in Air Quality With Incident Asthma in Children in California, 1993-2014”

Link to Article

Date: October 16, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

Author:  Dr. Sarah MacDonald, ScD, ScM
Senior Consultant Epidemiologist, IQVIA


Article: “Assessment of recording bias in pregnancy studies using health care databases: An application to neurologic conditions.”


Link to Article

MacDonald SC, Hernán MA, McElrath TF, Hernández-Díaz S. Assessment of recording bias in pregnancy studies using health care databases: An application to neurologic conditions. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2018 May ; 32(3): 281–286. doi:10.1111/ppe.12459. PMID 29569366

Date: July 17, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST

Author: Mustafa Hussein

Article: “Unequal Exposure or Unequal Vulnerability? Contributions of Neighborhood Conditions and Cardiovascular Risk Factors to Socioeconomic Inequality in Incident Cardiovascular Disease in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis”

Link to Article


Date: April 17, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST

Author: Joan Casey and Dana Goin

Article: “Retirements of Coal and Oil Power Plants in California: Association with Reduced Preterm Birth Among Populations Nearby” 

Link to Article

Article referenced during event: “Natural Experiments: An Overview of Methods, Approaches, and Contributions to Public Health Intervention Research”

Date: January 23, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST
Author: Paulina Kaiser 

Article: “Comparing methods to address bias in observational data: statin use and cardiovascular events in a US cohort


Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm, EST
Author: Katherine Keyes
Article: “Age, period, and cohort effects in conduct problems among American adolescents from 1991 through 2015”

March 2016 – “Multiple imputation to account for measurement error in marginal structural models”
Author: Jess Edwards
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