Faculty

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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
eric_loucks@brown.edu

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.
mark_lurie@brown.edu

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.
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; 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.
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