GUTS Research Team

The scientists who lead research efforts and decide what gets asked on each GUTS questionnaire hold faculty and clinical positions at Harvard Medical School,  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital,  and universities such as  Amherst College, Brown University,  San Diego State University, and the University of Guelph.

 

Rulla Tamimi | Director

Associate Professor of Medicine, Channing Laboratory,  Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology,  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Co-leader,  Breast Cancer Program, Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center

Research interests:  Early life influences on mammographic density, benign breast diseases, and breast cancer; identifying modifiable risk factors for breast cancer and breast cancer survival; understanding molecular mechanisms for breast cancer

Personal interests:  Having fun with my family, traveling, cooking, and reading


S. Bryn Austin | Investigator

Associate Professor, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Director, Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED)

Research interests:  Social and physical environmental influences on eating disorders; risk and prevention in school and community settings; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health

Personal interests:  Martial arts, yoga, cross-country skiing, meditation, and women's pro soccer

 

Catherine Berkey | Investigator

Biostatistician, Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Research interests:  Biostatistics, longitudinal studies, benign breast disease, breast cancer, childhood growth, young adult health, meta-analysis

Personal interests:  Biking, hiking, and boating on Cape Cod with my husband and three children, and traveling with my husband

 

Jerel Calzo | Investigator

Associate Professor, Division of Health Promotion & Behavioral Science, San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health

Research interests: Adolescent health, LGBT health, health of boys and men across the lifespan, body image and eating disorders, school and community-based research

Personal interests: Spending time with my husband and two children, running, cycling, yoga, hula hooping, knitting, making giant jars of kimchi, cooking, travel

 

Carlos Camargo | Investigator

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Conn Chair in Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Research interests:  Asthma/COPD, food allergies, emergency medicine

Personal interests:  Traveling, movies, and sports


 Brittany Charlton | Investigator

Instructor, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine,  Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research interests:  Sexual orientation-related reproductive health disparities, contraceptives, HPV/cervical cancer

Personal interests:  Tasting menus, creating craft cocktails, SCUBA diving

 

Heather Corliss | Investigator

Associate Professor,  Division of Health Promotion & Behavioral Science, San Diego State University

Research interests:  Health disparities based on sexual orientation and gender identity; youth substance use and mental health; positive youth development and resilience

Personal interests:  Hiking, cooking, gardening, and spending time with my partner and son

 

Jorge Chavarro | Investigator

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Research interests:  Role of nutrition and other modifiable factors on reproductive health including fertility and pregnancy complications

Personal interests:  Swimming, choral music, cooking, traveling, and reading

 

Alison Field | Investigator

Professor & Chair of Epidemiology,  Brown University School of Public Health

Research interests:  Causes and consequences of weight concerns, eating disorders, weight gain, and obesity; classification and subtyping of obesity and eating disorders; nutrition and physical activity

Personal interests:  Traveling, running, cooking, reading, skiing, and spending time with my daughter and husband

 

Matt Gillman | Investigator

Director, Obesity Prevention Program, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Associate Professor, Department of Ambulatory Care & Prevention,
Harvard Medical School
/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Research interests:  Early-life prevention of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease

Personal interests:  Playing chamber music (violin), playing and watching baseball, traveling, having fun with my family, and reading

 

Jess Haines | Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph

Research interests:  Prevention of weight-related disorders in children and adolescents; family-based research

Personal interests:  Biking, skiing, camping, and reading

 

Nicholas Horton | Biostatistician

Professor of Statistics, Amherst College

Research interests:  Missing data methods; longitudinal regression; substance abuse; statistical education

Personal interests:  Hiking, biking, exploring rail trails, and reading

 

Sabra Katz-Wise | Investigator

Research Scientist in Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine,  Boston Children’s Hospital

Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Research interests: Sexual orientation and gender identity development; health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity in adolescents and young adults; sexual fluidity; psychosocial functioning in families with transgender youth

Personal interests: Creative writing, traveling, yoga, baking

 

Stacey Missmer | Investigator

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology,  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Scientific Director, Boston Center for Endometriosis

Research interests:  Causes and consequences of endometriosis and other menstrual/pelvic pain-associated diseases; lifestyle and environmental influences on female infertility treatment access, success, and long-term outcomes

 Personal interests:  Traveling, quilting, movies, and reading

 

Sari Reisner

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Research Scientist, The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health

Research interests:  Developmental and social determinants of mental health across the life course for sexual and gender minority populations; implications of mental health risk and resilience for physical health outcomes, particularly HIV/AIDS and cancer; quantitative methods and application of new methodologies to study the health of marginalized populations; transgender and nonconforming health

Personal interests:  Hiking, trying new restaurants, spending time with my dog, building community

 

Eva Schernhammer | Investigator

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology,  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Lecturer in Medicine, Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology,  Medical University of Vienna

Research interests:  The circadian system and its influence on chronic disease risk, including early life disturbances of the circadian system and their effects on weight and mood disorders later in life; identifying modifiable risk factors and biomarkers for breast and colon cancer; conducting primary and secondary prevention trials

Personal interests:  Running, yoga, classical music, bird watching, hiking in the vineyards along the Danube


 Kendrin Sonneville | Investigator

Director of Nutrition Training, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital

Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Research interests:  Integrated prevention of weight-related disorders among children and adolescents

Personal interests:  Running, biking, yoga, traveling, and trying new restaurants

 

Walter Willett | Senior Investigator

Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Principal Investigator, Nurses’ Health Study II

Research interests:  Role of dietary factors in the cause and prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other conditions; method development

Personal interests:  Bicycle riding, gardening, and carpentry