Scientific Staff


Stacey Missmer, Sc.D.
Scientific Director

Stacey Missmer, ScD

Stacey Missmer grew up in Macungie, Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Lehigh University. Dr. Missmer is a Harvard University trained reproductive epidemiologist with expertise in creating and maintaining studies that enroll participants and continue to work with them for scientific discovery across many years. Since 1998, she has led endometriosis and pelvic pain investigations, publishing more than 200 peer-reviewed high impact papers focused on women’s health. Dr. Missmer is an Associate Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, Lecturer in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2016, Dr. Missmer was the first faculty member to be endowed through the Global Impact Initiative at Michigan State University and has joined their College of Human Medicine as Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. She is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the World Endometriosis Research Foundation of America and co-founded the WERF “EPHect” endometriosis international harmonization project. She is also Chair Elect of the Endometriosis Special Interest Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Missmer applies these decades of experience to developing, establishing, and overseeing the Women’s Health Study: from Adolescence to Adulthood.

Outside of work, she recently moved from central Massachusetts to west Michigan with her husband and two children. She spends most of her “free time” in the car or on the sidelines of soccer, lacrosse, or volleyball games or in the audience of plays, concerts, and dance recitals.


Amy DiVasta, M.D., M.M.Sc.
Co-Scientific Director (BCH)


Amy DiVasta, MD, MMSc

Amy DiVasta went to Wellesley College with a BA in Psychobiology, and then completed medical school at Tufts University. After a few years on the West Coast for pediatric residency at Stanford, Dr. DiVasta returned to New England for an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital…and never left! She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and focuses her clinical work on the health and wellbeing of adolescent girls. Following her nationally funded research on skeletal health in adolescents and young women with anorexia nervosa, Dr. DiVasta has expanded her clinical studies to investigate new treatments for endometriosis. Dr. DiVasta’s particular expertise for the Women’s Health Study: From Adolescence to Adulthood is leading patient protections and designing studies to test new treatments. Outside of work, Dr. DiVasta enjoys running, reading, traveling, and being a mom to her 3 kids.


Kathryn Terry, Sc.D.
Co-Scientific Director (BWH)

Kathryn Terry, ScD

Dr. Kathryn Terry, an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology and Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, became interested in epidemiology while working in the clinical trials department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering after college. During her doctoral training at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she straddled the fields of reproductive and cancer epidemiology in her work on genetic variation in hormone receptors and ovarian cancer risk. After graduating in 2005, she pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Channing Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she worked with Dr. Stacey Missmer on projects evaluating dietary factors in relation to risk of uterine leiomyoma in addition to her work with other faculty on risk of hormonal factors in relation to reproductive cancers. Dr. Terry has received several foundation grants to evaluate risk factors, genetic variants, and tissue markers in relation to ovarian cancer risk and prognosis. Most recently, she received a four year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a model for personalized screening for ovarian cancer that leverages personal characteristics and genetic variants to optimize the most promising biomarkers to date. Dr. Terry is active in international collaborative efforts and serves as the chair of the Epidemiology Working Group for the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium. In addition, Dr. Terry in a co-investigator on the COMPARE-UF national fibroids registry and teaches a course on reproductive epidemiology and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is thrilled to serve as the co-scientific director of the Boston Center for Endometriosis where she will assist in oversight of operations at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and contribute scientifically to ongoing and new projects. Her expertise in genetic epidemiology and experience in tissue markers will be an asset to the development of future projects at the Boston Center for Endometriosis. When she’s not working, she likes to run, travel, and spend time with her family.


Raymond Anchan, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Associate Scientific Director of Basic Science Research

Raymond Anchan, MD, PhD

Ray Anchan first joined the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery as a reproductive endocrinology fellow, coming to Boston from Duke University. He joined the faculty of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as a clinician and established his basic science laboratory focused on biologic discoveries that can improve the fertility outcomes of his patients. Dr. Anchan is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. He focuses his scientific discovery on determining the early developmental steps of human diseases, including endometriosis. Outside of work, Dr. Anchan enjoys time and travel with his wife who is a pediatrician and his twin sons.


Michael Rogers, Ph.D.
Co-Associate Scientific Director of Basic Science Research

Michael S. Rogers, PhD

Mike grew up in Minnesota and then went to Brigham Young University where he earned a B.S with University Honors in Molecular Biology. After earning his Ph.D. at the Mayo Clinic, he began postdoctoral training with Dr. Robert D’Amato at Boston Children’s Hospital where he also received significant support and mentoring from Dr. Judah Folkman. At BCH, his early work focused on the characterization of thalidomide analogs with increased activity in multiple myeloma. Two of the molecules identified in this work are now the drugs Actimid and Revlimid; both have strong activity in multiple myeloma. Dr. Rogers has risen through the ranks, being promoted first to Instructor and then Assistant Professor. His major ongoing areas of research all relate to the role of angiogenesis and VEGF in disease pathology, including cancer, corneal neovascularization, and endometriosis. His current endometriosis research focuses on understanding the cause of endometriosis-associated pain and identifying new targets for endometriosis drugs. Outside of his work, Mike enjoys spending time cooking with his wife and their four children.


Cameron Fraer, B.S.N.
Project Coordinator
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Cameron Fraer, BSN
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Email: cfraer@bwh.harvard.edu | Phone: 617-732-4242

Cam Fraer has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah. She has over 30 years of epidemiologic research experience, serving as Project Manager for several research studies conducted within the Ob/Gyn Epidemiology Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Ms. Fraer oversees the study research assistants, and the day to day operations of the Women’s Health Study: from Adolescence to Adulthood Biorepository. She is a skilled study coordinator given her decades of experience, ensuring procedural consistency, participant support, and valid data collection. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, and enjoying her three young grandchildren.


Jenny Sadler Gallagher, M.P.H.
Project Coordinator
Boston Children’s Hospital

Jenny Sadler Gallagher, MPH
Boston Children’s Hospital
Email: jenny.sadler@childrens.harvard.edu | Phone: 617-355-7959

Jenny Sadler Gallagher graduated from Bates College in 2007 with a BA in psychology and earned her Master of Public Health degree at the University of New England in 2015. She joined Boston Children’s Hospital in 2011 working with Dr. Amy DiVasta on studies of skeletal health in adolescents. As the Project Coordinator at Boston Children’s Hospital, Ms. Gallagher works closely with the research assistants and the investigators to oversee the research. She also works on the human subjects protection and financial management of the Boston Center for Endometriosis. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys open water swimming, triathlons, and reading.


Allison Vitonis, Sc.M.
Data and Laboratory Manager
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Allison Vitonis, ScM

Allison Vitonis joined the Ob/Gyn Epidemiology Center (ObEpi) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a teenager, working just a few hours per week. In the years since, then she has contributed to and grew to lead many research studies, including her masters thesis at Harvard University that focused on physical activity and endometriosis. She has worked closely with Dr. Missmer for more than a decade and now is the data and biorepository manager for the Women’s Health Study: from Adolescence to Adulthood and the Director of Statistical Programming for ObEpi. Her contributions focus on the design of the research questionnaires and on-line data entry systems, developing and maintaining the study databases, and coordinating sample selection for laboratory discovery. Ms. Vitonis has two young daughters and spends much of her time outside of the office singing songs from Frozen.


Amy Shafrir, Sc.D.
Research Scientist
Boston Children’s Hospital

Amy Shafrir, ScD

Amy Shafrir grew up in New Hampshire and received her B.S. in Biology from Stonehill College and an M.Sc. in Public Health Research from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In May 2016, she graduated from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a doctoral degree in Epidemiology. Her doctorate work focused on reproductive and hormonal factors in relation to ovarian cancer. In addition, she has led research projects on the relationships between blood hormone levels and various reproductive and lifestyle characteristics in the Nurses’ Health Study and Nurses’ Health Study II. Amy joined the Boston Center for Endometriosis as a postdoctoral fellow in July 2016 and is now an epidemiologist for the team. Her research focuses on identifying potential biologic markers for endometriosis diagnosis as well as progression and response to treatment. When she is not working, Amy enjoys spending time outside with her family and quilting (when her kids will let her!)​


Mary DePari, B.A.
Programmer
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Mary DePari, B.A.

Mary DePari joined the Ob/Gyn Epidemiology Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1996 as a research assistant. She has worked on a wide range of epidemiologic research studies involving women’s health issues ranging from ovarian cancer to mental health in women approaching menopause. She was an integral part of the original team that started the Boston Center for Endometriosis and is currently a data programmer for the Women’s Health Study: from Adolescence to Adulthood, among other ongoing research being conducted at the Ob/Gyn Epidemiology Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Outside of work, Mary enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid swimmer and enjoys being outside running or cycling.


Britani Wallace, M.P.H.
Programmer
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Britani Wallace, M.P.H.
Email: bwallace8@bwh.harvard.edu | Phone: 617-732-5500 ext. 32850

Britani graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and earned her Master of Public Health degree at Boston University in 2019. Both at home in Michigan and here in Boston, Britani has had countless opportunities to work with the adolescent population in various settings. Through these experiences, she grew passionate about adolescent health and supporting health into adulthood. She is excited to continue growing these interests through working with the Boston Center for Endometriosis! Outside of work, Britani enjoys exploring Boston, volunteering in her community, and spending time with family and friends.


McKenzie Goodwin, B.S.
Research Assistant
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

McKenzie Goodwin, B.S.
Email: Mckenzie.Goodwin@childrens.harvard.edu | Phone: 617-355-2212 ext. 52212

McKenzie Goodwin graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2016 with a BS in Biology and Psychology. During her time at St. Lawrence, McKenzie had the chance to travel abroad to Kenya and Uganda where she studied health care delivery at different organizations including the African Medical Research Foundation. This experience confirmed her interest in Public Health research. After graduation, McKenzie joined the Peace Corps and moved to Botswana where she served as a Health and HIV/AIDS Capacity Building Specialist. Many of her projects focused on reproductive health such as starting a Teen Mothers Club, menstrual hygiene presentations, and Reusable Menstrual Pad workshops. This opportunity supported her passion for women’s rights to quality health care as well as research being done in the field, which is what interested her in joining the Boston Center for Endometriosis. As a research assistant on the Women’s Health Study: From Adolescence to Adulthood, McKenzie is responsible for processing biological samples, following up with women in the study, and acting as contact person for questions that participants may have. One day McKenzie wants to get a golden retriever and name him Kevin.


Emma Singleton, B.A., B.S.
Research Assistant
Boston Children’s Hospital

Emma Singleton, B.A., B.S.
Email: Emma.Singleton@childrens.harvard.edu

Emma graduated from Tufts University in 2020 with an BS in Biopsychology and a BA in Religion. During her time at Tufts, Emma volunteered as a peer health educator in Boston’s public schools to address disparities in healthcare access and empower young people through candid conversations about health and identity. Additionally, Emma completed a senior honors thesis in behavioral neuroscience investigating interspecies aggression in a mouse model. Emma is passionate about young people’s reproductive health and minimizing health disparities that impact individuals of marginalized identities. This, along with her interest in pursuing a career as a women’s health physician, led her to the Boston Center for Endometriosis. As a research assistant on the Women’s Health Study: From Adolescence to Adulthood, Emma is responsible for processing biological samples, following up with adolescent and adult women in the study, and answering any questions that participants and their families may have. Outside of work, Emma loves to cook for friends and family, read, hike and ski.


Sukanya Shukla, B.A.
Research Assistant
Boston Children’s Hospital

Sukanya Shukla, BA
Email: Sukanya.Shukla@childrens.harvard.edu

Sukanya graduated from Bates College in 2020 with a BA in Psychology and Theater. She completed her senior thesis on “Bureaucratic Representation and its Effect on the Rate of Female-Identifying Students Reporting Sexual Assault on College Campuses”​, and presented the findings to the Title IX office at Bates College. Her thesis experience, combined with her experience in Gwalior, India founding the project “Kamna” and holding workshops on managing hygiene during periods, preparing free hygiene kits for women and managed the selling of handmade item​s produced by the women of this village, led to her passion for women’s sexual and reproductive health. As a research assistant for the Women’s Health Study: From Adolescence to Adulthood, Sukanya is responsible for working with adolescent and adult women enrolled in the study, processing biological samples, and answering any questions that participants and their families may have. Outside of work, she likes to read, audition for theater shows, watch theater shows, write monologues, volunteer in the community, do Kathak (Indian- Classical dance) and Bollywood dance.


Esther Kim, B.S.
Research Assistant
Boston Children’s Hospital

Esther Kim, BS
Email: Sinah.Kim@childrens.harvard.edu

Esther joined our team in 2021. She is a 2013 graduate of Syracuse University and started her career in television media. Her experience in the communications field was predominantly focused on healthcare and biotech industries. As a research assistant for the Women’s Health Study: From Adolescence to Adulthood, Esther is responsible for working with adolescent and adult women enrolled in the study, processing biological samples, and answering any questions that participants and their families may have. Outside of work, she loves to cycle, travel, read, and enjoys classical music and jazz.