Susan Brown

Visiting Lecturer
Biostatistics & Epidemiology


BA, Marist College

MA, Marist College

PhD, University of Massachusetts

Areas of Specialization: 

  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Women’s health
  • Biomarkers

Research Description: 

My research is focused on the influence of biomarkers including melatonin and endogenous estrogens as well as potentially modifiable lifestyle factors such as depression, antidepressant use, and night shift work and the risk of breast cancer in women.  To date, much of my research has been conducted within the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), the Nurses’ Health Study II (NHS II), and the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS).  Other interests include epidemiologic methods as well as infectious disease epidemiology.  

Key Publications: 

  • Brown SB, Hankinson SE, Arcaro KF, Qian J, Reeves KW. Depression, antidepressant use, and postmenopausal breast cancer risk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2016;25(1):158-164.
  • Brown SB, Hankinson SE, Eliassen AH, Reeves KW, Qian J, Arcaro KF, Wegrzyn LR, Willett WC, Schernhammer ES. Urinary melatonin concentration and the risk of breast cancer in Nurses’ Health Study. Am J Epidemiol 2015;181(3):155-62.
  • Brown SB, Hankinson SE. Endogenous estrogens and the risk of breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancers. Steroids 2015;99:8-10.
  • Ramin CA, Massa J, Wegrzyn LR, Brown SB, Pierre-Paul J, Devore EE, Hankinson SE, Schernhammer ES. The association of body size in early to mid-life with adult urinary 6-sulfatoxymelatonin levels among night shift health care workers. BMC Public Health 2015;15:467.