The survey

GUTS Doctoral Students

Brittany Charlton

Research interests:  Contraceptives, HPV/cervical cancer, and LGBT health disparities.

Personal interets:  Skydiving, SCUBA diving, photography, and triathlons.

Allegra Gordon

Research interests:  Impact of prejudice and discrimination on physical and mental health; understanding how gender identity, gender expression, and gender norms shape health

Personal interests:  Exploring cities, bicycling, eating delicious food, the old-school art of darkroom photography, and picnics

Melanie Kornides

Research interests:  Longitudinal and time-varying causes of weight gain and obesity in children and adolescents

Personal interests:  Playing Bridge, hiking, sports, and reading

GUTS Postdoctoral fellows

These researchers have recently graduated from PhD programs and use GUTS data as part of their training.

Sabra Katz-Wise

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine,
Boston Children’s Hospital

Research interests:  LGBT health disparities in adolescents and young adults; transgender youth and families; sexual orientation and gender identity development

Personal interests:  Traveling, baking, yoga, and hosting dinner parties

Sari Reisner

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology,
Harvard School of Public Health

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

GUTS Researchers

The scientists who decide what goes on each questionnaire hold faculty and clinical positions at Harvard Medical School School, Harvard School of Public Health, Smith College, and University of Guelph.

Stacey Missmer | Director and Principal Investigator

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology,
Harvard 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

Bryn Austin | Investigator

Associate Professor, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard 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 Lab, 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

Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

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

Research interests:  Gender and sexual orientation identity development in adolescent and young adulthood; health disparities; longitudinal research methods and analysis techniques

Personal interests:  Running, cycling, yoga, hula hooping, random dance parties, and making giant jars of kimchi

Carlos Camargo | Investigator

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School and Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

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

Personal interests:  Traveling, movies, and sports

Heather Corliss | Investigator

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and
Boston Children's Hospital

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 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

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine,
Boston Children’s Hospital

Research interests:  Causes and consequences of weight concerns, eating disorders, weight gain, and obesity

Personal interests:  Running marathons, hiking, scuba diving, cooking, traveling, and reading

Lindsay Frazier | Investigator

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor, Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Research interests:  Adolescent behaviors that predispose to adult malignancy, such as tanning bed use and smoking and alcohol use; benign breast disease

Personal interests:  Rowing, tennis, skiing, knitting, bird watching, yoga, and eating

Matt Gillman | Investigator

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

Associate Professor, Department of Ambulatory Care and 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, Smith College

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

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

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 School of Public Health

Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition,
Harvard 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


Gary Chase | Senior Project Manager - Nurses' Health Study

Personal interests:  New music, biking, taking care of my two kids

Gary runs the “coding room” where paper questionnaires are received and processed. He also oversees scanning the questionnaires to capture the data and store the images.

Laura Anatale Tardiff | Project Manager

Research interests:  Reproductive health
Personal interests:  Reading, biking, vegetarian cooking

Laura manages everything GUTS-related, including creating the questionnaires and keeping the researchers updated on how many participants have responded to the latest questionnaire. She also maintains the Facebook page.

Laura Kalpas | Research Assistant

Research interests:  Chemical exposures, endocrine disruptors, consumer product safety
Personal interests:  Reading, board games, singing a cappella

Laura assists with the day-to-day operations of GUTS, which includes responding to participant emails, reviewing and coding questionnaire responses, and updating participant contact info. She also works on sub-studies for diseases such as hypertension and endometriosis.