Research Team (continued)

bio picMs. 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 enrolled in the Epidemiology doctoral program at BUSPH in 2014, and is 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.

BeFunky_craig2.jpgMr. 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 collected through the PRESTO online questionnaires and will also advise on the most appropriate macros and statistical procedures to be applied to the data.

Ms. Kathryn McInerney is doctoral candidate in epidemiology at BUSPH. She is conducting her dissertationKMcInerney_headshot on male and female medication use, fecundability, and miscarriage in PRESTO. She graduated with a BA in Sociology from Northeastern University and an MSc in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has extensive expertise in pharmaco-epidemiology, specifically in studying the effects of mental health conditions and medication use on reproductive events. Her poster on pain-relieving medication use and female fecundability in PRESTO won “first prize” at the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) conference in the Summer of 2016.

IMG_3873Mr. 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.

Study Consultants

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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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