UCSF's PRHE: Faculty and Staff
Linda Giudice, MD, PhD founded PRHE in 2007 and is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Giudice is a biochemist, an obstetrician, gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist whose research has focused on endometrial biology, placental-uterine interactions and environmental impacts on reproductive health. For more information on Dr. Giudice, see her UC profile page.
Tracey Woodruff, Ph.D., MPH is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. She has done extensive research and policy development on environmental health issues, with a particular emphasis on early-life development. Her research areas include evaluating prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and related adverse pregnancy outcomes, and characterizing developmental risks. She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters. She was previously at the US EPA, where she was a senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, and author of numerous government documents. She is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives.
Robert Gould, MD graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and from 1981 until 2012 worked as a Pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose. In 2012 Bob was appointed as an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine, to serve as Director of Health Professional Outreach and Education for the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Since 1989, he has been President of the SF-Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and in 2003 was President of National PSR, to serve again in this capacity in 2014. Since 1986, Bob has been a leading member of the Peace Caucus of the American Public Health Association, for which he has been Chairperson for numerous years, and in 2009 APHA awarded Bob the prestigious Sidel-Levy Peace Award. Bob has been recognized as a leading expert on the environmental and public health impacts of nuclear weapons, and has been a contributing author to chapters on health impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism in “War and Public Health” (2008) and “Terrorism and Public Health” (2011) published by Oxford University Press.
Since 1992 has been a leading member of the Environmental Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association (CMA), and through this work has authored and submitted numerous environmental health resolutions adopted by CMA as policy. For his work within CMA, he received the Santa Clara County Medical Association’s (SCCMA) "Outstanding Contribution in Community Service" award in 2001, and “Outstanding Contribution to the Medical Society award in 2012. Dr. Gould was also listed as one of Santa Clara County's "Top 400 Physicians" in peer-review surveys published in San Jose Magazine in 2001 through 2007.
Dylan Atchley is a research assistant covering the full spectrum of PRHE's work, splitting time between the PRHE offices and San Francisco General Hospital. Dylan received a B.S. in Biology from Bates College prior to working as a program assistant at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. Dylan arrived at PRHE after six months in South and Central America where he volunteered on an infectious disease research project in Mexico City and at an urban youth NGO in Valparaiso, Chile.
Carrie Dickenson, MA is the Research Coordinator at PHRE. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of PRHE's research studies at San Francisco General Hospital. She has considerable experience in women's health and has worked both nationally and internationally with clinicians, scientists, and epidemiologists. Carrie has authored articles and chapters related to women's health and the history of medicine.
Jason Harless has been a program analyst for PRHE for over 3 years. He has a background in physical anthropology, structural biology and evolutionary morphology. At PRHE, he coordinates projects, manages staffing, oversees this website, and manages funding, multiple programmatic tasks, and responsibilities that are necessary to the success of the Program.
Paula Johnson, PhD, MPH is a postdoctoral fellow examining exposure and human health effects from environmental contaminants. Her current focus is developing and proving the methods for the Navigation Guide project, a systematic and transparent approach to evaluating evidence of toxicity and making recommendations about environmental chemicals. Paula joined PRHE in 2012 from the University of Michigan where she completed her doctoral dissertation in environmental health sciences, using and evaluating markers of exposure (house dust, serum, follicular fluid) to commonly used flame retardant chemicals to draw relationships to reproductive health parameters such as hormone levels and pregnancy outcomes. Paula holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Redlands and an MPH in environmental and occupational health from San Diego State University, where she completed a thesis on the fate of selenium contamination from agricultural drainage in remediation wetlands. During her studies she worked on a project for Cal-EPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment quantifying lead exposure in Latino children, and as a management intern for the City of San Diego's Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency. Previous professional experience includes research and development of carbon monoxide sensors and technical service for lead replacement initiatives in the semiconductor industry.
Janet Pan, MPH recently completed her Epidemiology/ Biostatistics M.P.H. at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her great interest in environmental health and health disparities led her to work at PRHE. Currently she is involved in projects that examine environmental toxicants such as Bisphenol-A, and its effects on perinatal health.
Jackie Schwartz, MPH is a Research Scientist and focuses on PRHE's research activities and communications, authoring PRHE's recent report, Shaping Our Legacy. Prior to joining PRHE, Jackie was a research associate at the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research at U.C. Berkeley, and served as a public health assessor and epidemiologist for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Health Services. Her research has focused on evaluating the association between environmental exposures and health outcomes in both adults and children, including identifying risk factors for exposure to pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Patrice Sutton, MPH is a Research Scientist and is spearheading PRHE's clinical outreach and translation efforts. Patrice has over 20 years of experience in occupational and environmental health research, industrial hygiene, public health practice, policy development and community-based advocacy. As a contractor to California's state health department from 1987 to 2006, she was responsible for conducting all aspects of research investigations spanning a disparate range of issues, including lead poisoning, tuberculosis, asthma, and pesticide-illness. She has extensive experience collaborating with directly-impacted workplace and community-based populations, labor, and governmental and non-governmental organizations in the development of research strategies and policy recommendations. She also has extensive experience as a volunteer in support of communities and workers impacted by the nuclear weapons production cycle and has published over thirty peer-reviewed scientific articles and government technical reports.
Jessica Trowbridge, MPH is a Research Scientist and leads the From Advancing Science to Ensuring Prevention (FASTEP) project. She also implements PRHE's communication Strategy. Jessica is a graduate from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health where she studied Environmental Health Sciences. During her studies she interned with PRHE recruiting study participants at San Francisco General Hospital. Jessica has 10 years of experience in Public Health and is interested in policy, science translation, and environmental and reproductive justice.
Ami Zota, ScD is a postdoctoral fellow and uses her expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment, and environmental justice to investigate the cumulative impacts of environmental and social factors on reproductive health. Her current work focuses on effects of environmental chemicals exposure (such as PBDE flame retardants, PCBs, and PFOAs) on thyroid function, cardiovascular function, and birth outcomes in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population of pregnant women. Dr. Zota completed her masters and doctorate in environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2007. Ami comes to PRHE from the Silent Spring Institute, a non-profit research institute, where she conducted policy-oriented research on women’s health and the environment. She is currently an Environmental Health Science Communication Fellow.
Katie Stephenson, MSc is a research analyst for PRHE working on the CED, MEIOSIS and ViCTER studies. She received a BAH in Human Biology and BS in Biology at Stanford University before completing a MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her past research experience includes quantitative analysis of how mental health is affected by parity in older Europeans, and laboratory explorations of how mental health is affected by light exposure and circadian rhythms. Outside of work, she volunteers in the SFGH Emergency Department and teaches cooking classes for the Homeless Prenatal Program in the Mission. Katie is pre-med / pre-PhD and is looking forward to a career in fetal health and reproductive environmental health.
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