Connors Center Research Faculty

Jill M. Goldstein, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Senior Scientist with the Division of Women's Health at BWH and a Senior Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Laura Holsen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at HMS, and Associate Psychologist in the Division of Women’s Health and in the Department of Psychiatry at BWH. 

Tamarra James-Todd, PhD, MPH, is an Instructor in Medicine at HMS and Associate Epidemiologist in the Division of Women’s Health at BWH, as well as the Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology at HSPH.

Ingrid Katz, MD, MHSc, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS, Associate Scientist in the Division of Women’s Health and Associate Physician in the Division of General Medicine at BWH, and Research Associate for the Center for Global Health at MGH. Her research focuses on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among HIV-infected individuals in sub-Saharan Africa and improving the care of disenfranchised populations. 

Dr. Katz has maintained her focus on women’s health through the lens of infectious diseases, particularly the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which disproportionately impact women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Katz’s work centers on South Africa, where her team has helped characterize treatment refusal among individuals presenting for HIV testing. She has been funded through the NIH, and received numerous awards and fellowships to support her research focused on understanding barriers to treatment initiation among some of the world’s most disenfranchised populations, and designing targeted, scalable interventions to improve engagement in care in these communities. Dr. Katz is currently piloting a peer-based intervention, called “The Treatment Ambassador Program”, which focuses on bringing individuals living with HIV into care sooner. Dr. Katz has also focused on stigma reduction and HIV care, and biomedical prevention strategies of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly HPV.

In addition to research and clinical work, Dr. Katz is the founder of the bi-annual Global Women’s Health Research Retreat. This retreat aims to bring together junior investigators and provide them with access to senior investigators involved with similar research. Dr. Katz is a faculty member in the Division of Medical Communications, and has been an Editorial Fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine and has written Perspectives on a range of topics for the journal.

Annie Lewis-O'Connor, MSN, MPH, PhD, is an Instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at HMS and Associate Scientist in the Division of Women’s Health at BWH.

Lydia Pace, MD, MPH, is an Instructor in Medicine at HMS, and Associate Scientist in the Division of Women’s Health and Associate Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at BWH. Her research focuses primarily on the delivery of and access to preventive health care services to women both in the United States but the developing world. She is particularly interested in women’s cancers and family planning.

Dr. Pace is currently studying breast cancer epidemiology and care delivery in Rwanda. She has investigated diagnostic delays experienced by patients with breast cancer and reviewed the clinical and pathological characteristics of benign and malignant breast disease at Rwanda’s first public cancer referral center. She is leading a pilot breast cancer early detection program in the hospital’s rural district which is funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The training curriculum she and colleagues developed to help nurses evaluate breast concerns is approved for nationwide use by Rwanda’s Ministry of Health. She and colleagues are also implementing a breast ultrasound training program to enhance doctors’ ability to safely and efficiently diagnose concerning breast masses.

Additionally, Dr. Pace is involved in breast cancer detection and family planning in the United States. She has studied breast cancer screening behaviors in the U.S. following the 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, and written and taught extensively on the risks and benefits of breast cancer screening.  Dr. Pace has received the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine Fellowship to support her research on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on contraceptive costs and usage. She teaches internal medicine residents about contraception, and has led the development of a long-acting reversible contraception clinic at the Jen Center for Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Pace is the first recipient of the Mary Ann Tynan Fellowship in Women’s Health. 

Hanni M. Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is an Instructor in Emergency Medicine and Medicine at HMS, and Associate Scientist in the Division of Women’s Health and Associate Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at BWH. Her research focuses on improving the healthcare response to human trafficking along with improving services and policies for vulnerable populations internationally.

Dr. Stoklosa works locally, nationally, and internationally to improve the response to human trafficking. In the Boston area, Dr. Stoklosa is developing protocols in trauma-informed care for trafficking victims. On the national level, she advises the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Institute of Medicine on trafficking related issues. Dr. Stoklosa is the co-founder and Executive Director of HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkages) Trafficking, an international organization that brings together a multidisciplinary group of health professionals to combat human trafficking from the public health lens through prevention, protocol development, advocacy, and education.

In addition to her policy work, Dr. Stoklosa is involved in international research aimed at improving services and policies for vulnerable populations. In India, Dr. Stoklosa focuses on anti-trafficking programs. Through evaluation, she determines the effectiveness of such organizations. Additionally, Dr. Stoklosa examines the differences in exploitation, risk exposure, abuse, and health among labor migrants and those who are trafficked.

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