The Epidemiology faculty is comprised of campus- and hospital-based researchers and practitioners. They conduct research on a broad range of topics, including behavioral, cancer, cardiometabolic health, environmental, global health, health disparities, infectious disease, molecular, obesity, pediatrics, perinatal and reproductive, psychiatric, quantitative methods, social determinants and women’s health epidemiology.

Primary appointments
Affiliated appointments (secondary, clinical and practice)

Department Chair: Alison E. Field, ScD

Primary Faculty

Joseph Braun
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology; Master's Program Director
Studying patterns and identifying determinants of environmental exposures in pregnant women, infants and children. Quantifying the health effects of neurotoxicants and obesogens. Identifying biological mechanisms linking environmental exposures to childrens' health.

Stephen Buka
Professor and Founding Chair of Epidemiology
Causes and prevention of neuropsychiatric disorders. He has conducted extensive research in neuropsychology and psychiatric epidemiology, directed several major longitudinal studies examining the impact of birth complications, environmental hazards, and socioeconomic conditions on behavioral and intellectual development

Alison Field
Department Chair; Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics
Director, Center for Population Health & Clinical Epidemiology
Examining risk factors for and causes of obesity, excessive weight gain, and eating disorders in longitudinal studies; identifying subtypes of obesity and eating disorders; mental and physical health of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Ilana Gareen
Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Research)
Design and conduct of studies of diagnostic imaging technologies.  Focus on patient outcomes associated with diagnostic imaging technologies, including the impact of imaging on patient health, patient quality of life, and medical care utilization; interest in the impact of significant incidental findings detected on screening tests on patient health and health care utilization

Annie Gjelsvik
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics (Teaching Scholar); Faculty Scholar, Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute
Examining childhood health exposures, health care access and outcomes; using national surveillance databases to understand child health; primary investigator for the Brown University Vanguard Center of the Jackson Heart Study.

Chanelle Howe
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Advanced quantitative methods to enhance causal inference; racial/ethnic health disparities; socioeconomic-based health disparities; neighborhood-based health disparities; HIV/AIDS; cardiovascular health; alcohol/drug use.

Karl Kelsey
Professor of Epidemiology and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Center for Environmental Health and Technology
Investigation of the environmental origins of cancer; epigenetics; Study of gene - environment interaction in cancer and development; examination of the epidemiology of the immune system employing epigenetic techniques in archival blood specimens. 

Simin Liu
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Etiology of chronic disease with special emphasis on investigating how dietary and biological factors and their interactions influence chronic disease development over a person's lifespan; understanding of how dietary and nutritional factors may interact with genetic susceptibilities in determining an individual's risk; obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nutrition, clinical epidemiology

Eric Loucks
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology; Graduate Program Director
Research focuses on elucidating biological mechanisms by which social factors such as mindfulness, education, and early life adversity may influence cardiovascular disease. Dr. Loucks has generated research findings that have helped to better understand how biological factors such as inflammatory markers, epigenetics, blood pressure, obesity, lipids, amongst others, may be important mechanisms through which social factors could influence cardiovascular disease. He is now increasingly moving into practical applications of the work, including randomized controlled trials of mindfulness interventions for cardiovascular disease risk reduction.

Mark Lurie
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Epidemiology, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, particularly HIV, TB and sexually transmitted diseases in Africa; global health. Examining ways to improve men's movement through the HIV treatment cascade; testing different methods of partner notification for sexually transmitted infections; examining the impact of migration on health care utilization for HIV and NCDs, testing conditional incentives for linkage to HIV treatment.

Brandon D.L. Marshall
Manning Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Examining the causes and consequences of drug and alcohol use, including overdose, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C virus infection; structural determinants of health; agent-based modeling; evaluation of harm reduction programs; psychiatric and substance use epidemiology.

Stephen McGarvey
Professor of Epidemiology and Anthropology; Director, International Health Institute
Global health; noncommunicable diseases, especially cardiometabolic risk factor, in low and middle income countries; genetic epidemiology; obesity; Samoa, American Samoa, South Africa, Kenya. 

Deborah Pearlman
Associate Professor of the Practice
Examining risk and resilience (protective) factors for health risk behaviors (smoking, substance abuse, obesity) and related chronic diseases (asthma, diabetes and heart disease), as well as for mental illness (depression, suicide ideation) and interpersonal violence, using cross sectional and longitudinal data, and applying a social determinants of health framework that examines disparities in the health of children, adolescents and adults at the individual and community levels.

David Savitz
Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology; Vice President for Research
Studying the health of pregnancy considering environmental, lifestyle, and clinical influences on fetal growth, preterm birth, pregnancy complications, and child health; assessing health effects of environmental pollutants; use of epidemiology to inform policy and health behaviors.

Gregory Wellenius
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Director, Center for Environmental Health & Technology
Performing research to inform the development of healthy and sustainable urban environments, including examining the impacts of outdoor and indoor air pollution, climate change, and the built environment on human health and wellbeing across the lifespan

Tongzhang Zheng
Professor of Epidemiology; Director, Brown-China Center for Environmental Health Sciences
Investigating human cancer risk related to environmental and occupational exposures, genetic and epigenetic factors and gene-environment interaction.  Particularly interested the fetal origin hypothesis stating that many human cancers start in utero.  Also interested in prenatal exposures and fetal growth trajectories and child growth.

Affiliated Faculty 

Katie Biello 
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Science 

Colleen Caron
Clinical Assistant Professor; Director of Data Analytics, Research and Evaluation Unit at RI Department of Children, Youth & Families.
Examining multilevel factors predictive of child welfare, behavioral health and juvenile justice outcomes employingmultiple research designs, longitudinal, program evaluation and subpopulation comparisons, and general surveillance.Examining the application of data and study findings to inform program, policy and system interventions

Eunyoung Cho
Associate Professor of Dermatology

Issa Dahabreh
Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Dorothy Dumont
Assistant Professor of the Practice

Charles Eaton
Professor of Family Medicine, Director of Center for Primary Care and Prevention
Examining the role of nutrition and physical activity on cardiovascular disease with emphasis on subclinical atherosclerosis,  sudden cardiac death, heart failure and its sub-types and osteoarthritis; Examining the role of gender and racial and ethnic differences on  risk of obesity and its subtypes, body composition and  molecular biomarkers on cardiometabolic  disease throughout the lifecycle; Pragmatic Primary Prevention Clinical trials- behavioral weight loss, physical activity, aspirin, flavonoids 

Jennifer Friedman
Professor of Pediatrics 

William Hollinshead
Assistant Professor of the Practice

Julie Jefferson
Assistant Professor of the Practice

Yongwen Jiang
Assistant Professor of the Practice

Hyun (Hanna) Kim
Assistant Professor of the Practice

Wen-Qing Li
Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Roland Merchant
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Matthew Mimiaga
Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Director for the Institute for Community Health and Promotion

    Donna Parker
    Associate Professor of Family Medicine (Research)
    Smoking cessation among pregnant women and patients with COPD; reproductive risk factors for pregnant women; andclinical trial of patients with COPD

    Maureen Phipps
    Chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Research on Women's Health
    Phipps' broad interest in women's health has been geared toward improving the health of underserved women.  In addition to excellence in clinical care and research, she is dedicated to training the next generation of women’s health providers.

    Abrar Qureshi
    Professor and Chair of Dermatology

    Josiah Rich
    Professor of Medicine

    Patricia Risica
    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Science 

    Dwight Rouse
    Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

    Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher
    Assistant Professor of Medicine

    Peter Simon
    Associate Professor of the Practice

    Alvaro Tinajero
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Wendy Verhoek-Oftedahl
    Assistant Professor of the Practice

    Martin Weinstock
    Professor of Dermatology
    Chief of Dermatology, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    Melanoma and melanoma precursors, with particular emphasis on screening; (keratinocyte carcinoma (basal and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin) and precursors, with particular emphasis onchemoprevention;teledermatology

    Erika Werner
    Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Wen-Chih (Hank) Wu
    Associate Professor of Medicine 
    Effectiveness of shared medical appointments in heart failure, where a multi-disciplinary team of providers with expertise in nutrition, nursing, behavior and medication management join to manage heart failure in addition to and support of, the patient’s regular physician visits. Evaluate the comparative effectiveness and implementation of a novel reciprocal peer support program—the Peer to Peer Program (P2P)—in maintaining gains from diabetes Shared-medical appointments.

    Haiyan Xu
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Research)

    Adjunct Faculty

    Hélène Carabin
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

    Melissa Clark
    Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
    University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Kei Hang (Katie) Chan
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Traci Green
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine 
    Boston University

    E. Andres Houseman
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Oregan State University

    Yen-Tsung Huang
    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Douglas Kiel
    Adjunct Professor
    Harvard Medical School
    Epidemiology of musculoskeletal diseases including osteoporosis and sarcopenia in olderadults. Dr. Kiel leads the Framingham Osteoporosis Study and has ongoing geneĕcepidemiology studies using GWAS, whole genome sequencing, and epigeneĕcs

    Elizabeth Kimani
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

    Albert Lo
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology

    Eli Lilly and Company

    Carmen Marsit
    Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
    Rollins School of Public Health, Emory

    Kenneth Mayer
    Adjunct Professor
    Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

    Dominique Michaud
    Adjunct Professor
    Tufts University School of Medicine

    Interested in inflammation and immune response and how they play a role in the etiology of cancer; microbiome and GI cancers; epigenetic immune markers and cancer; periodontal disease and cancer. 

    Megan Romano
    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Edmond Shenassa
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    University of Maryland

    Elizabeth Triche
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Yale University


    Sally Zierler
    Professor Emerita