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  • Rebecca M. Gardner

    Rebecca M. Gardner

    Ph.D. Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, admitted Autumn 2022

    BioI'm a first-year Epidemiology PhD student who is passionate about maternal health. I am interested in identifying risk factors for prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, and designing & implementing interventions to reduce disease burden. I am also interested in studying the connection between adverse pregnancy outcomes and cardiovascular disease.

    Before starting a PhD, I was a biostatistician in the Quantitative Sciences Unit at Stanford for four years where I co-authored over twenty publications, collaborating with clinicians on various domains including developmental behavioral pediatrics, reproductive endocrinology & infertility, oncology, and clinical trials. I completed my MS in Statistics at Brigham Young University in 2016, where I collaborated with cardiologists to develop a new approach to diagnose rheumatic heart disease in pediatric patients in Samoa for my Master's thesis.

    In my free time, I moderate a local book club and spend time with my husband and two young children.