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 Assistant 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 unique clinical studies to endometriosis treatment. Her recent results regarding its impact on wellness, quality of life, and bone health have been published in high impact journals and presented nationally. In 2015, she received the Evelyn J. Laufer Award for Best Oral Presentation from the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

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 25 years of epidemiologic research experience, serving as Project Coordinator 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 works closely with Dr. Missmer on designing and implementing the participant enrollment and longterm contributions to the Women’s Health Study: from Adolescence to Adulthood. She is a skilled study coordinator given her decades of experience, ensuring procedural consistency, patient support, and valid data collection. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, and giggling with her three young grandchildren.


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

Jenny Sadler Gallagher, BA
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 leads the daily oversight of patient protections and develops and implements the social media communications for the Women’s Health Study: from Adolescence to Adulthood. Ms. Gallagher is also the primary coordinator for Dr. DiVasta’s clinical trials to evaluate treatment success and consequences in adolescent girls. Jenny’s own research interests include eating disorders, physical activity, and type 1 diabetes. 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.


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.


Laura Pavitt, B.A.
Research Assistant
Boston Children’s Hospital

Laura Pavitt, B.A.
Email: Laura.Pavitt@childrens.harvard.edu

Laura Pavitt graduated from Connecticut College in 2017 with a BA in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. During her time at Connecticut College, Laura was fortunate to work as a case manager at an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, which confirmed her interest in women’s health. After graduation, she worked as a Patient Experience Representative in the Outpatient Cardiology Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital and is now a mentor for a high school student through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 program. These experiences have made Laura passionate about supporting adolescent health and wellbeing and excited to work with the Boston Center for Endometriosis. As a research assistant on the Women’s Health Study, Laura is responsible for following up with adolescent and adult women enrolled in the study, processing biological samples, and answering any questions that participants and their families may have. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking, running, reading, and exploring new neighborhoods in Boston.