Bertone-Johnson Appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson

Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson

September 21, 2018

Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy. She began a one-year term on September 1st following the retirement of David Buchanan.

“Liz joined the School is 2001 as an Assistant Professor and served as Director of the Center for Research and Education in Women’s Health for seven years. She is an excellent teacher, mentor and researcher,” says Marjorie Aelion, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. “I also want to thank David Buchanan, who retired in August, for his service as chair for the last three years, and for his commitment to the department and the SPHHS over many years.”

Bertone-Johnson’s research focuses on several interconnected areas: 1) the epidemiology and etiology of premenstrual syndrome; 2) the epidemiology and etiology of accelerated reproductive aging and early menopause; and 3) the intersection of reproductive and cardiovascular health in women. Her work uses a life course approach to identify novel diet and behavioral factors for early life conditions such as premenstrual syndrome and reproductive aging, and then to assess whether these conditions may share common etiology and/or risk factor profiles with hypertension and cardiovascular disease later in life. Her goals are both to identify new ways for women to improve their gynecologic health, and to determine if gynecologic health conditions may be early sentinels for cardiovascular disease.

Bertone-Johnson received a Fulbright Award in 2015, the university’s Exceptional Merit Award in 2014, and the SPHHS Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007, among her numerous recognitions.