Faculty

Primary Faculty

Patience Afulani, assistant professor in UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Patience Afulani, PhD, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Implementation Science
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health, health equity, quality of care, person-centered care, respectful maternity care, global health, implementation science, food security, migrant health, minority health


Nadia Diamond-Smith, assistant professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Maternal and child health in the developing world with a focus on gender inequality/women's empowerment, family planning and abortion and nutrition in the preconception and pregnancy period


Margaret Handley, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
  • Global Health
  • Implementation Science
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
  • Research Methods in Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Intervention design, linking public health and primary care interventions to address health disparities, implementation and dissemination sciences, chronic disease prevention, safety net innovation, public health literacy, migration and health/trans-national health, and environmental pollution


Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski is associate professor at UCSF Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Tools, tests and technologies that can help identify pregnant women and babies at increased risk for preterm birth and associated birth defects and developmental delays


Kala Mehta, associate professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Epidemiology of Aging
  • Global Health
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Health disparities, race/ethnicity, pathway programs, social entrepreneurship, global health


Pamela Murnane, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • HIV, maternal and infant health, treatment adherence, global health, implementation science


Dara Torgerson, PhD
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Lifecourse
  • Machine Learning
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
  • Social Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Integrative Genomics, Metabolomics, Statistical Genetics, Minority Health, Neonatology, Respiratory Outcomes


Secondary Faculty

Christine Dehlendorf, associate professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and biostatistics

Christine Dehlendorf, MD
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Implementation Science
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
  • Social Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • contraceptive counseling and family planning disparities


Alison El Ayadi, faculty at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Alison El Ayadi, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor
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Research Area(s):

  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Prevention, treatment and post-surgical reintegration for obstetric fistula; determinants of maternal mortality and morbidities, access to obstetric care, and the structural, social and interpersonal factors that configure maternal health disparities


Hannah Glass, professor at UCSF

Hannah Glass, MD
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
  • Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Neonatal seizures, neonatal neurocritical care, neuroprotection, environmental health, cerebral palsy, epilepsy


Miriam Kuppermann, professor at UCSF

Miriam Kuppermann, PhD, MD
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Patient-centered outcomes, focusing on patient preferences and informed decision making among racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse women, including prenatal genetic testing, adult genetic testing for Lynch syndrome, noncancerous uterine conditions, cervical cancer screening and post CIN 2+ treatment surveillance, contraception, and mode of delivery.


Emeritus Faculty

Dominic Montagu, DrPH, MPH, MBA
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Maternal health, family planning, and abortion services in low- and middle-income countries, measurement, people-centered care, quality improvement


Tom Newman, professor emeritus at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Thomas Newman, MD, MPH
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Clinical problems in pediatrics, such as jaundice and infections in newborn babies, urinary tract infections and cholesterol screening