SPER’s Executive Committee is comprised of eight officers and includes a President, a President-Elect, an Immediate Past-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and four Members-at-Large, a Student Representative, and an International Representative. The President of the Society shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee. All officers of the Society must be members and are elected by majority vote of the members voting by mail or e-mail ballot.


Courtney Lynch


Courtney Lynch is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist whose research interests include: the identification of modifiable risk factors for fecundity impairment, including infertility and pregnancy loss, optimizing women’s healthcare delivery in the postpartum period and beyond, and pregnancy-related and infant mortality. Read more

  • PhD, Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2003
  • MPH, The Ohio State University College of Public Health, 2010
  • BA, Wittenberg University, 1995

Courtney Lynch
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
395 W. 12th Avenue, Suite 580
Columbus, Ohio 43054
Ph: 614-366-3899

Olga Basso


Olga Basso’s research area is reproductive epidemiology. Her main interests are on the contributions of infertility and infertility treatment on children’s health and on the methodologic and substantive aspects of studying neonatal endpoints in relation to gestational age at birth and birth weight. Read more

  • Universities of Milan and Pavia (Italy), 1996
  • University of Pavia (Italy), 1988 & 1991

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dept. of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
Purvis Hall, 1020 Pine Ave W, Rm 36A
Montreal, QC H3A 1A2
Email: olga.basso@mcgill.ca
Ph: (514) 398-6261

Brian Whitcomb


Brian W. Whitcomb is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research is in the areas of reproductive and perinatal health and related women’s health outcomes, with a particular focus on molecular determinants, as well as epidemiologic methods.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2006
BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 1995”


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Una Grewal


Una Grewal is Deputy Director in the Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  Her research focuses on fetal growth and development, particularly on the role of nutrition in pregnancy complications and outcomes.

  • PhD, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005
  • MPH, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000
  • MA, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997




Neil Perkins


Neil Perkins, Ph.D., is a statistician whose research interests involve epidemiological methods including receiver operating characteristic curves, biomarker calibration and measurement error and cost saving designs, with a particular interest in methods related to the complex challenges of reproductive epidemiology.

  • Ph.D. Statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, American University, Washington D.C., 2007
  • M.S. Mathematics, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 2002
  • Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing Minor, Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina, 1999


Claire Margerison

Member at Large

Claire Margerison, MPH, PhD is a social and perinatal epidemiologist whose work focuses on understanding the multi-level determinants of disparities in women’s health across the life course. Her research has investigated the contribution of economic downturns, neighborhood environments, and life course adversity to pregnancy health and birth outcomes.

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • MPH, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • BA, Tufts University, 2001

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Michigan State University
909 Fee Rd., Rm 601B
East Lansing, MI 48823


Michael Kramer

Member at Large

Michael Kramer is a social epidemiologist with interest in maternal and child health populations, particularly with respect to perinatal and early childhood outcomes. His research integrates social theory, spatial analytic methods and traditional epidemiology to investigate life course processes which produce population health disparities. Read more

  • PhD, Emory University, 2009
  • MSc, Emory University, 1998
  • BA, Earlham College, 1991

Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
1518 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Ph: 404 727-9818


Sunni Mumford

Member at Large

Sunni Mumford, Ph.D., is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch, Division of Intramural Population Health Research, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Mumford’s research focuses on the interplay between diet and male and female reproductive health and fertility.

  • PhD, University of North Carolina, 2009
  • MS, Harvard University, 2006
  • BS, Utah State University, 2002

Earl Stadtman Investigator
Epidemiology Branch
Division of Intramural Population
Health Research
National Institute of Child Health
& Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd. Rm 7B03
Rockville, MD 20852
Ph: 301-435-6946


Nicole Talge

Member at Large

Nicole Talge, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Michigan State University.   Drawing upon her doctoral training in developmental psychology and postdoctoral training in perinatal epidemiology, Read more

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007
  • B.A., Lake Forest College, 2001

Dept. of Epidemiology& Biostatistics
Michigan State University
909 Fee Road, Room B601
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-8623

Natasha Nassar

International Representative


Stephanie Leonard

Student Representative

Stephanie Leonard is a perinatal and nutritional epidemiologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She currently is principal investigator of a study on trends and disparities in severe maternal morbidity in California. She also collaborates on related studies, particularly involving maternal nutrition, complications among early preterm infants, and causal inference in perinatal epidemiology.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • MS, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014
  • BS, Cornell University, 2010

Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine
Center for Population Health Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
1070 Arastradero Rd, 2C2512
Palo Alto, CA 94304
email: stephanie.leonard@stanford.edu
phone: (650) 721-5532