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The Research Team

Our research team consists of researchers from across the United States. Our team has a wide variety of expertise including maternal-child health, women’s health, internal medicine, maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, actuarial science, finance, economics, statistics, and advanced Markov modeling.

Melissa Bartick, MD, MSc, FABM

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Debra L. Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM

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Tarah T. Colaizy, MD, MPH

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Brittany D. Green, MS

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Noah S. Green

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Briana J. Jegier, PhD

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Arnold G. Reinhold, MBA

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Andrew J. Schaefer, PhD

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Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, MS

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Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG, FABM

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Research Team Biographies

Melissa Bartick, MD, MSc, FABM

Melissa is an internist and an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance and engages in breastfeeding research and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has served as the chair of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition since 2002 to 2014 and has served on the Board of Directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2009 to 2015. She is also founding chair of the Breastfeeding Forum of the American Public Health Association. She received her BA from the University of Virginia with majors in Biology and Political and Social Thought, and graduated from the UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program with a MSc in Health and Medical Sciences from University of California, Berkeley and an MD for University of California, San Francisco.  She completed her residency in internal medicine at Cambridge Hospital, a Harvard teaching affiliate. She works as a specialist in hospital medicine.

Debra L. Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM

Debra is Associate Professor Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her research focuses on maternal mental health and infant feeding, growth, behavior and development and on lactation pharmacology. In additional to her research and clinical work in outpatient pediatrics and the newborn nursery, she has an interest in breastfeeding medicine. She is the volunteer Medical Director for the Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank, an active member of the AAP Section on Breastfeeding, served on the Board of the Directors of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for 6 years and teaches breastfeeding medicine to health care providers. She completed her medical degree at the University of Colorado and her pediatric residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

Tarah T. Colaizy, MD, MPH

Tarah is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. She received her medical education at the University of Wisconsin, followed by pediatric residency, neonatology fellowship, and MPH training at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR. Her research interests focus in neonatal nutrition, human milk, and breastfeeding, particularly donor human milk. Dr. Colaizy is also an active practicing neonatologist with particular interest in critical care.

Brittany D. Green, MS

Brittany is earning her PhD in the Dept. of Operations Business Analytics and Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati. She has a Masters degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University.

Noah S. Green

Noah is a web programmer with experience coding in JavaScript, Java and C++.  Noah wrote the code for the Cost of Suboptimal Breastfeeding online calculator. He recently wrote the JavaScript code for an online calculator to estimate the probability of aneuploidy as a function of maternal age among women with positive Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening results (Grace 2015). He is currently a student at East Chapel Hill High School.

Briana J. Jegier, PhD

Briana is an assistant professor in D’Youville College, Dept. of Health Services Administration in New York. She also holds an assistant professor appointment in the department of Health Systems Management at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Jegier has experience in the design and execution of translational research dating back to 2005, particularly in the areas of finance and economics. Her specific research interests are the economic impact of breastfeeding and pumping for pump-dependent families and the impact of pumping and other interventions on breast milk volume. She specializes in the selection of optimal measurement methods and has developed several electronic tracking tools for research and practice. Dr. Jegier has been an investigator on numerous externally-funded studies. Dr. Jegier teaches statistics, epidemiology, research, data measurement, managed care, and management communication. She also supervises undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral theses, and has one awards for her teaching. Dr. Jegier received her PhD in Public Health Studies with an emphasis in management and policy from Saint Louis University and her MS in Health Systems Management from Rush University.

Arnold G. Reinhold, MBA

Arnold is a MIT-trained mathematician with Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He was co-author of the original 2010 pediatric cost analysis of breastfeeding, with Dr. Melissa Bartick, and of the subsequent maternal cost analysis published in 2013. He co-founded Automatix Inc., a machine vision and robotics pioneer, and is the co-author of several books including The Internet For Dummies Quick Reference and Switching to a Mac For Dummies. He has served for over 20 years on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics.

Andrew J. Schaefer, PhD

Andrew is Noah Harding Chair and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. He earned his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2000, as well as a Masters in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice in 1994. He holds a bachelor’s degree with a double-major in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University. Prior to joining Rice faculty in 2015, he served as a full professor on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Industrial Engineering.

Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, MS

Eleanor is a professor in the Division of General Medicine at University of California Davis Medical Center, where she practices both inpatient and outpatient Internal Medicine. She is the author of much of the seminal research linking breastfeeding with maternal health outcomes. She is known as a model clinician, and thought leader in women’s health. With training both in internal medicine and epidemiology, she is committed to the well-being of women around the world. In 2014 she transitioned from her position as director of Women’s Health Services Research Unit at the University of Pittsburgh to Professor of Medicine at University of California Davis and Medical Director of the UCSF FamilyPACT Evaluation Contract. Dr. Schwarz has served as a Senior Medical Expert in Reproductive Health for the US Department of Veterans Affairs and an Associate Editor of NEJM Journal Watch Women’s Health.

Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG, FABM

Alison is the Assistant Professor for the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dept. of Maternal and Child Health. She is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist who has authored some of the seminal research linking breastfeeding to maternal health outcomes.  Her research focuses on modifiable risk factors for metabolic disease in the perinatal period, and she has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on gestational diabetes, pregnancy-associated weight gain, and the maternal health effects of lactation. Current research projects include the effects of postpartum depression on breastfeeding physiology, the role of subclinical infection in breast pain, and the etiology of racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding. In the clinical arena, she leads an interdisciplinary team of UNC clinicians that is developing new approaches to management of breastfeeding difficulties. She serves on the Board of the Directors of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and is active in the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine.