College of Health and Human Services
Assistant Professor, Department of Global and Community Health
My research focus is centered around investigating factors that adversely affect the reproductive health of women and girls, as well as their offspring. Currently I am studying how endocrine disrupting exposures that occur naturally through diet or from use of consumer products affect ovarian development and function. I am interested in studying the association from the minipuberty of infancy to the menopausal transition. My past research has included examining factors associated with not receiving fertility counseling among recently diagnosed cancer patients and the association between phthalates (found in personal care products and food packaging) and length of gestation and early pregnancy events.
- Assessing the association between soy formula feeding and male minipuberty
- Characterizing the prevalence of hirsutism in young African-American women
- Identifying patterns of reproductive hormone trajectories in infant girls
- Bethany M. Usher, PhD
- Denise A. Hines, PhD