Research Team (continued)
Ms. Amelia Wesselink is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters of Public Health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics in 2011. She worked as a data analyst at the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at Berkeley for three years. During her time there, she worked on the Seveso Women’s Health Study, a cohort study of dioxin exposure and reproductive and chronic health in Seveso, Italy. Ms. Wesselink began her doctoral studies at BUSPH in 2014 as a trainee of the BUSPH reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric training grant funded by the NICHD. She is carrying out her dissertation research on environmental and psychosocial determinants of fertility, with a focus on environmental chemicals, cigarette smoking, and stress.
Mr. Craig McKinnon is doctoral candidate in epidemiology at BUSPH, doing his dissertation on risk factors for male subfertility in PRESTO. Mr. McKinnon graduated with an MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. Mr. McKinnon brings a diverse background in biostatistics to PRESTO, having worked on research involving the study of breast cancer, musculo-skeletal disorders, traumatic brain injury, and mental health. Mr. McKinnon will be analyzing data on heat factors, occupational exposures, and psychotropic medications (e.g., antidepressants) collected on the male baseline questionnaires. He has been advising PRESTO researchers on the most appropriate macros and statistical procedures to be applied to the data.
Ms. Sydney Willis is doctoral candidate in epidemiology at BUSPH. She has been conducting data analyses of the extent to which behavioral and lifestyle factors, such as occupational stress, sleep patterns, and night shift work, influence female fecundability. She graduated with a BA in Anthropology and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Utah. She has extensive expertise in the study of fertility awareness methods, including the effects of tracking menstrual periods and fertility signs in helping couples time intercourse to maximize their chances of successful pregnancy. She began her doctoral studies in the department of epidemiology at BUSPH in September 2017.
Mr. Michael Bairos is the Computer Programmer for the PRESTO Study. Mr. Bairos received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University. He started working as a Research Database Analyst at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center in 1999 and has been assisting Boston University investigators design complex computer databases for epidemiologic studies ever since. On the PRESTO study, he is involved in web-based questionnaire design, data management, and implementing all the security features to maintain confidentiality of participant information. Mr. Bairos has always enjoyed discovering innovative and secure ways to collect health-related data through web-based technologies.
Dr. Joseph B. Stanford is the George D. and Esther S. Gross Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stanford is board-certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also certified as a FertilityCare Medical Consultant through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. Dr. Stanford is the principal investigator or co-investigator on several large clinical and epidemiologic studies related to fertility, infertility treatment and human development. He is a co-investigator for the University of Utah Vanguard Site of the National Children’s Study. Past work has focused on day-specific probabilities of conception, the clinical and demographic implications of fertility awareness and natural family planning, and improving the understanding and measurement of pregnancy intendedness. He has served on national scientific advisory committees for the NICHD and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Dr. Stanford is a consultant on PRESTO who advises on topics related to fertility.
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