Bertone-Johnson Appointed Chair of Health Promotion and Policy

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson

Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson

September 13, 2019

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has announced the appointment of Professor Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson as Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy. Bertone-Johnson has served in an interim capacity for the past year, during which time “she has brought a steady hand guiding the department and its many junior faculty, as well as providing new energy and ideas to the SPHHS community at large,” notes Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz.

Bertone-Johnson is an excellent teacher, mentor and researcher with a long history of service to the university since joining its faculty in 2001. Beginning as an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, she has taken on numerous leadership roles within the department prior to her role as interim chair of Health Promotion and Policy.

Among her many accomplishments, Bertone-Johnson is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award, which honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. She previously 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.

Bertone-Johnson’s research focuses on the epidemiology and etiology of premenstrual syndrome; the epidemiology and etiology of accelerated reproductive aging and early menopause; and the intersection of reproductive and cardiovascular health in women. 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.

"Her ability to work collaboratively across multiple disciplines serves as an exemplary model for students and junior researchers seeking to make a difference and to solve real world problems," says Dean Siega-Riz.