Division of Women’s Health Research  

The Division of Women’s Health’s research goals are: to lead scientific and clinical discoveries that identify and explain sex- and gender-based differences in health and disease, prioritize disorders specific to women, and ultimately improve the overall health and access to care for women and men. Faculty in the Division of Women’s Health pursue a wide range of research topics dedicated to advancing knowledge of women’s health and sex differences in health and disease.

Research Faculty

Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kathryn Rexrode’s research interests lie in the role of obesity and hormonal factors on chronic disease, as well as the understanding of sex differences. Her current research focuses on the impact of metabolism on the risk of heart disease and stroke in women. She is also examining interventions that might reduce breast density in women, thereby reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Jill Goldstein, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Jill Goldstein’s research program, the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory of Sex Differences in the Brain, is focused on identifying the early antecedents, particularly fetal hormonal and genetic programming, for understanding sex differences in psychiatric disorders, and their comorbidity with general medical disorders such as CVD.

Laura Holsen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Laura Holsen’s research interests focus on neurobiological mechanisms underlying abnormal appetite regulation and disordered eating from a developmental perspective and sex differences in disorders associated with mood regulation and obesity.

Tamarra James-Todd, PhD, MPH
Instructor in Medicine

Monik C. Jimenez, ScD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Monik Jimenez's current NIH-funded research is focused on understanding the intersection of sex, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic factors in stroke disparities.

Ingrid Katz, MD, MHSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Ingrid Katz is a physician-scientist, whose research over the past ten years has focused on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among disenfranchised populations in sub-Saharan Africa and domestically, designing and testing socio-behavioral interventions and improving care for the most underserved.

Annie Lewis-O'Connor, MSN, MPH, PhD
Instructor in Medicine

Dr. Annie Lewis-O’Connor is a dually board-certified nurse practitioner in pediatrics and women’s health. As the founder and director of the Coordinated Approach to Resilience and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Clinic, she is exploring implementation and evaluation of trauma-informed approaches with funding from the Department of Justice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the ACO-Medicaid Initiative.

Roseanna Means, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Part-time

Rose L. Molina, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (BIDMC)

Dr. Rose Molina is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and Faculty Director of the Medical Language Program at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on designing, testing, and spreading solutions to ensure that every woman receives appropriate, safe, and respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth with a focus on equity.

Lydia Pace, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Lydia Pace is a general internist and clinical researcher. Her research focuses primarily on the delivery of and access to preventive healthcare services to women both in the United States and the developing world. She is particularly interested in women’s cancers and family planning. She is also the director of Women’s Health Policy and Advocacy in the Connors Center, conducting research into how contraception access was affected by the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate to provide contraceptive services without cost-sharing. The program, with funding from the National Institute of Reproductive Health, also works to catalyze development of innovative, sex- and gender-informed multidisciplinary care delivery programs and investigate barriers to effective referrals for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) at BWH.

Janet Rich-Edwards, ScD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Janet Rich-Edwards leads research related to maternal and child health, building on her almost 25 years working as an investigator in the national Nurses’ Health Studies. She examines predictors of adult chronic disease related to pregnancy outcomes, as well as looking at data on physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and other factors affecting the development of chronic disease later in life.

Jennifer Scott, MD, MBA, MPH
Instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (BIDMC)

Dr. Jennifer Scott researches the psychosocial consequences of gender-based and sexual violence on survivors’ mental health and tendencies to seek medical services. Her work focuses on communities affected by conflict in sub-Saharan Africa and seeks to create standardized instruments for assessing violence-related stigma.

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH
Instructor in Emergency Medicine

Dr. Hanni Stoklosa is the executive director of HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage) Trafficking and an emergency physician at BWH. She is an internationally recognized expert, advocate, researcher, and speaker, on the well-being of trafficking survivors in the U.S. and internationally through a public health lens.

Jennifer J Stuart, ScD
Instructor in Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Stuart is a reproductive and cardiovascular epidemiologist interested in female-specific risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Her current work focuses on pregnancy complications and subsequent maternal CVD, as well as identifying strategies to reduce the increased risk of CVD observed among women with a history of pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia and preterm birth.

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