Faculty

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)
Adjunct
Emeritus

Department Chair: Alison E. Field, ScD

Primary Faculty

Joseph Braun
RGSS Assistant Professor of Public Health; 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.
joseph_braun_1@brown.edu




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
stephen_buka@brown.edu

Alison Field
Department Chair; Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics
Director, Center for Epidemiology and Environmental Health
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.
alison_field@brown.edu



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
igareen@stat.brown.edu



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.
annie_gjelsvik@brown.edu

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.
chanelle_howe@brown.edu

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. 
karl_kelsey@brown.edu

Simin Liu
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Director, Brown Center for Global CardiometabolicHealth (CGCH)
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
simin_liu@brown.edu

Eric Loucks
Associate Professor of Epidemiology; Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
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.
eric_loucks@brown.edu



Mark Lurie
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
International Health Institute

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.
mark_lurie@brown.edu



Brandon D.L. Marshall
Associate 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.
brandon_marshall@brown.edu

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. 
stephen_mcgarvey@brown.edu



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.
deborah_pearlman@brown.edu

David Savitz
Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
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.
david_savitz@brown.edu

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
gregory_wellenius@brown.edu



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.
tongzhang_zheng@brown.edu 

Affiliated Faculty 

Katie Biello 
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Science 
Identifying and understanding the underlying risk factors for social inequities in HIV/STIs and developing behavioral interventions to reduce HIV risk among racial, sexual and gender minorities and those in resource limited settings, both domestically and globally. 
katie_biello@brown.edu 

Colleen Caron
Assistant Professor of the Practice
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
colleen_caron@brown.edu

Eunyoung Cho
Associate Professor of Dermatology
eunyoung_cho@brown.edu

Issa Dahabreh
Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice
Issa_Dahabreh@brown.edu 
 
 
Valery Danilack
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Research)
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research)
Perinatal epidemiology and birth outcomes research. Best practices for clinical care in pregnancy and the newborn period, including medications, tests, procedures, and provider visits. Comparative effectiveness of methods for labor induction.
valery_danilack@brown.edu

Dorothy Dumont
Assistant Professor of Practice 
Senior public health epidemiologist at RI Department of Health
Examining social determinants of health and health disparities, particularly within RI; chronic disease and associated health behaviors; incarceration and public health.
dora_dumont@brown.edu 

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 
charles_eaton@brown.edu

Jennifer Friedman
Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Friedman is a pediatrician who conducts international health research out of Lifespan's Center for International Health Research. Her research addresses quantification of and mechanisms of morbidity of parasitic diseases among pregnant women and children. 
jennifer_friedman@brown.edu 

William Hollinshead
Assistant Professor of the Practice
william_hollinshead@brown.edu

Julie Jefferson
Assistant Professor of the Practice
julie_jefferson@brown.edu

Yongwen Jiang
Assistant Professor of the Practice
yongwen_jiang@brown.edu

Hyun (Hanna) Kim
Assistant Professor of the Practice
hyun_kim@brown.edu

Wen-Qing Li
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
wen-qing_li@brown.edu

Roland Merchant
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology
roland_merchant@brown.edu

Matthew Mimiaga
Professor of Behavioral & Social Health Sciences and Epidemiology, School of Public Health Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School Director, 
Center for Health Equity Research (CHER)
matthew_mimiaga@brown.edu 

    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
    donna_parker@brown.edu

    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.
    maureen_phipps@brown.edu

    Abrar Qureshi
    Professor and Chair of Dermatology
    abrar_qureshi@brown.edu

    Josiah Rich
    Professor of Medicine
    josiah_rich@brown.edu

    Patricia Risica
    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Science 
    patricia_risica@brown.edu

    Dwight Rouse
    Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Dr. Rouse is in his fourth 5-year cycle as Principal Investigator for the NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network. He leads a research staff of 16 at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island who have broad experience and expertise in the conduct of large observational and randomized intervention studies. 
    drouse@wihri.org

     

    Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher
    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research); Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research)
    Research interests: primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and vascular dementia; psychosocial determinants of cardiovascular disease; mindfulness-based approaches for the promotion of cardiovascular health (physical activity, diet); dissemination of mindfulness-based interventions. 
    elena_salmoirago-blotcher@brown.edu 

    Peter Simon
    Associate Professor of the Practice
    peter_simon@brown.edu

    Alvaro Tinajero
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    alvaro_tinajero@brown.edu

    Ellen Tohn
    Assistant Professor of the Practice of Epidemiology
    etohn@tohnenvironmental.com

    Wendy Verhoek-Oftedahl
    Assistant Professor of the Practice
    wendy_verhoek-oftedahl@brown.edu

    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
    martin_weinstock_md@brown.edu

    Erika Werner
    Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology

    Erika_Werner@brown.edu 

    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.
    wen-chih_wu@brown.edu

    Haiyan Xu
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Research)
    haiyan_xu@brown.edu

    Adjunct Faculty

    Hélène Carabin
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    helene_carabin@brown.edu

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

    Melissa Clark
    Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    melissa_clark@brown.edu

    Christopher Colvin
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    University of Cape Town
    christopher_colvin@brown.edu 

    Traci Green
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine 
    Boston University
    traci_green@brown.edu

    E. Andres Houseman
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Oregan State University
    e_andres_houseman@brown.edu

    Yen-Tsung Huang
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Associate Research Fellow with Tenure at the Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica in Taiwan
    yen-tsung_huang@brown.edu

    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
    douglas_kiel@brown.edu

    Elizabeth Kimani
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
    elizabeth_kimani@brown.edu 

    Natalie Leon
    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    South Africa Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
    Natalie_Leon@brown.edu

    Albert Lo
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology

    Eli Lilly and Company
    albert_lo@brown.edu

    Carmen Marsit
    Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
    Rollins School of Public Health, Emory
    carmen_marsit@brown.edu

    Kenneth Mayer
    Adjunct Professor
    Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
    kenneth_mayer@brown.edu

    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. 
    dominique_michaud@brown.edu 

    Megan Romano
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Dartmouth  

    Edmond Shenassa
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    University of Maryland
    edmond_shenassa@brown.edu

    Elizabeth Triche
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Yale University
    elizabeth_triche@brown.edu

    Emeritus

    Sally Zierler
    Professor Emerita