New England Family Study Primary Investigators

Many physicians, scientists and staff have contributed to the success of the New England Family Study over the past 30 years.  This page lists Principal Investigators on major research projects and their current affiliations.  Please also see the Investigators and Key Staff page for a partial listing of key collaborators and staff.



Stephen Buka, ScD
Director, New England Family Study
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health


David B. Abrams, PhD
Executive Director, The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies
Professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Professor of Oncology (adjunct), Georgetown University Medical Center, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center


Melissa Clark, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brown University School of Medicine


Charles Eaton, MD, MS
Professor of Family Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health
Board-certified Family Physician, Miriam Hospital of Rhode Island


Stephen Gilman, ScD
Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health


Jill Goldstein, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard University Medical School
Director of Research at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Mark Klebanoff, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Center for Perinatal Research Research Institute

Lewis P. Lipsitt, PhD, MS
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Human Development, and Research Professor of Psychology, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University
Professor Emeritus of Medical Science, Brown University Alpert Medical School


Eric Loucks, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health


Ray Niaura, PhD
Associate Director for Science, Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies
Professor (Adjunct), Department of Health, Behavior and Society, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Richard Rende, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Brown University Alpert Medical School
Larry J. Seidman, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry Director, Commonwealth Research Center
Vice Chair (Research), Massachusetts Mental Health Center Public Psychiatry Division of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Laura Stroud, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School & Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Public Health, Brown University


Ming Tsuang, MD, PhD, ScD
Behavioral Genomics Endowed Chair and University Professor, University of California
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Center for Behavioral Genomics, Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Genomic Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Director Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA