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Johns Hopkins Center for Women's Health, Sex,
and Gender Research

A collaboration among the Bloomberg School of Public Health,
the School of Medicine, and the School of Nursing.

Faculty & Staff


Kamila A. Alexander, PhD, MPH, RN is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her research focuses on promoting healthy relationships and sexual health among adolescents and young adults. She examines the implications of structural determinants such as intimate partner violence, substance use, and gender-based behavioral expectations on sexual risks and outcomes.

wb Wendy Bennett, MD, MPH, is the Chair of the Women's Health Research Group.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, with a joint appointment at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.  Her research focuses on diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention among women.  Clinically, she is a general internist at Johns Hopkins Bayview.

jb Joann Bodurtha, MD, MPH, is faculty in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.  Her interdisciplinary research addresses issues in genetic communication in women's health clinics, community needs in genetics, and the integration of family health history in health care and well-being.

Irina Burd Irina Burd, MD, Ph.D, was recruited to the Johns Hopkins University to spearhead the development of the field of Fetal Medicine and Fetal Neurology, and is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Integrated Research Center for Fetal Medicine. Dr. Burd developed a research program studying the pathogenesis of fetal brain injury with exposure to intrauterine inflammation and studies prenatally used neuroprotective agents that could be used in utero to prevent cerebral palsy and a spectrum of neurobehavioral outcomes. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ikaria Research Award from the Perinatal Research Society, the Thomas Bogg’s Award from the Philadelphia Perinatal Society and Passano Foundation Clinician Scientist Award.



Patricia Davidson, PhD, Med, RN, FAAN, is considered one of the most influential deans of nursing in the United States.  Since becoming Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in September 2013, she has introduced a new degree program (Master’s Entry into Nursing), doubled the school’s PhD program intake and increased engagement with communities, locally, nationally and internationally. A global leader in cardiac health for women and vulnerable populations, Dr. Davidson has an established program of research in supporting individuals living with chronic conditions and developing innovative models of transitional care. A primary objective of her work has been to improve the cardiovascular health of underserved populations through development of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable initiatives internationally. 


md Michele Decker, ScD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Her research addresses gender-based violence, and its sexual and reproductive health implications, including those related to HIV. Much of this work is specific to uniquely marginalized populations including adolescents and those involved in transactional sex or sex work.

ng Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, is the Associate Director of the Center for Global Health, and an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing.  Her research focus is the development, implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions to prevent and reduce disparities in health access, quality of care and health outcomes for survivors of gender based violence (GBV). 


Dr. Elizabeth Golub is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology. She serves as one of two Principal Investigators of the Data Management and Analysis Center for the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), the largest ongoing prospective cohort study of HIV among women in the United States. Dr. Golub’s primary research interest is the effect of HIV infection and treatment on women's reproductive health, specifically fertility and pregnancy; she serves as Chair of the WIHS Pregnancy Working Group. Dr. Golub has been a member of the Women’s Health Research Group since its inception in 2008.


sk Sabra Klein, PhD, MS, MA, is a Professor in the departments of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on evaluating the effects of hormones on immune responses to viral infections, which her laboratory uses to understand differences between males and females, the effects of pregnancy, and the effects of aging on the outcome of viral infections and vaccinations.

tm Tamar Mendelson, PhD, is trained as a clinical psychologist. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health. She has conducted laboratory-based experiments, population-based data analyses, intervention and prevention trials. Her research interests include the development of prevention and intervention strategies, with a focus on underserved urban populations.

Lauren M. Osborne, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 


Pamela Ouyang, M.B.B.Ch., M.D, is a Professor of Medicine, JHU School of Medicine. She is a cardiologist. Her research focuses on studying sex differences in cardiovascular risk and disease. She is an investigator on the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, a longitudinal NIH funded cohort that evaluates measures of subclinical atherosclerosis in different ethnic groups and in men and women. Dr. Ouyang is a Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and directs the Clinical Research Unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview campus.

Grace Pien, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. 

Andrew Satin Andrew J. Satin, MD, is the Director of Gynecology and Obstetrics. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel and the recipient of numerous military service and achievement medals, Dr. Satin earned his medical degree at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda and completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Satin was a professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at his medical school alma mater, where he received multiple Outstanding Clinical Teacher Awards and other accolades. He also served as an attending physician at both the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

ps Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, is an expert in maternal and child health nursing, a researcher, and a mentor to the next generations of Johns Hopkins nurses.  She is the Director of three health and wellness centers operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, provides care in a Baltimore shelter for homeless battered women and their children, and conducts ongoing community-based, participatory research.

ds Donna M. Strobino, PhD, is a Professor in and Deputy Chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health and is trained as a demographer. Her areas of research include perinatal health as it relates to racial and maternal age differences in newborn and infant mortality and morbidity, the evaluation of perinatal programs and services, the impact of managed care on perinatal service delivery, and child health data systems.