Bernard L. Harlow, PhD
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

PhD, University Washington
MPH, University of Minnesota



Dr. Bernard L. Harlow has a broad background in epidemiologic studies of female reproductive and gynecologic disorders. His research has focused on studies of malignant and borderline ovarian tumors, adverse obstetrical outcomes, premature menopause, and benign gynecological complications, particularly those arising in women suffering from childhood victimization and a variety of psychiatric disorders. He has made substantial methodological advancements in data collection, particularly with respect to studies of severe mood disorder and reproductive function, and studies of the prevalence and etiological predictors of chronic unexplained vulvar pain disorders. Currently, Dr. Harlow is the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with Dr. Kyle Rudser at the University of Minnesota, as head of the Scientific and Data Coordinating Center for a NIH-NIDDK multi-centered consortium that will launch descriptive, observational and clinical-based studies related to the wide spectrum of lower urinary tract syndromes in women. In addition to his research, his commitment to training is illustrated by the fact that about a third of his articles are in the mentorship role of doctoral and postdoctoral students, clinical fellows, and junior faculty members. Prior to his appointment at Boston University, he was a Mayo Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health for nearly 10 years. He also spent 18 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

2015 Society for Epidemiologic Research: President-Elect
2011 University of Minnesota School of Public Health: Gaylord W. Anderson Leadership Award
2005 University of Minnesota School of Public Health: Mayo Professor of Public Health
2004 Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School: Nominated for Mary Horrigan Connors Award for Outstanding Leadership in Women's Health
2003 Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School: Nominated for Mary Horrigan Connors Award for Outstanding Leadership in Women's Health


Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center
07/15/2015 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Regents of the University of Minnesota NIH NIDDK
5U01DK106786-02




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2017 Society for Epidemiologic Research Doctoral Dissertation Workshop 1R13TR002021-01
2016 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (PLUS-SDCC) (U01) 5U01DK106786-02 3
2016 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (PLUS-SDCC) (U01) 3U01DK106786-02S1 3
2015 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (PLUS-SDCC) (U01) 1U01DK106786-01 3
2013 Immunological Factors and Risk of Vulvodynia 5R01HD058608-04 3
2012 Immunological Factors and Risk of Vulvodynia 4R01HD058608-03 3
2010 Immunological Factors and Risk of Vulvodynia 5R01HD058608-02 3
2009 Immunological Factors and Risk of Vulvodynia 1R01HD058608-01A1 3
2004 Risk for New onset of Depression in Perimenopausal Women 1R01MH069732-01A1 2
2004 PREVALENCE AND ETIOLOGICAL PREDICTORS OF VULVODYNIA 5R01HD038428-05 8
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  1. Mason SM, Frazier PA, Austin SB, Harlow BL, Jackson B, Raymond NC, Rich-Edwards JW. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Problematic Overeating Behaviors in Young Men and Women. Ann Behav Med. 2017 Apr 19. PMID: 28425019; DOI: 10.1007/s12160-017-9905-1;.
  2. Gisladottir A, Luque-Fernandez MA, Harlow BL, Gudmundsdottir B, Jonsdottir E, Bjarnadottir RI, Hauksdottir A, Aspelund T, Cnattingius S, Valdimarsdottir UA. Obstetric Outcomes of Mothers Previously Exposed to Sexual Violence. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0150726. PMID: 27007230; PMCID: PMC4805168; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150726;.
  3. Szklo M, Harlow BL. Announcement. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Mar 15; 183(6):515. PMID: 26957008; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kww033;.
  4. Mason SM, MacLehose RF, Katz-Wise SL, Austin SB, Neumark-Sztainer D, Harlow BL, Rich-Edwards JW. Childhood abuse victimization, stress-related eating, and weight status in young women. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Oct; 25(10):760-6.e2. PMID: 26272779; PMCID: PMC4567939; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.06.081;.
  5. Oakes JM, MacLehose RF, McDonald K, Harlow BL. Using administrative health care system records to recruit a community-based sample for population research. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Jul; 25(7):526-31. PMID: 25891101; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.03.015;.
  6. Wise LA, Troisi R, Hatch EE, Titus LJ, Rothman KJ, Harlow BL. Prenatal diethylstilbestrol exposure and reproductive hormones in premenopausal women. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2015 Jun; 6(3):208-16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25698132; DOI: 10.1017/S2040174415000082;.
  7. Nguyen RH, Reese RL, Harlow BL. Differences in pain subtypes between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women with chronic vulvar pain. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 Feb; 24(2):144-50. PMID: 25603224; PMCID: PMC4326349; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2014.4892;.
  8. Nguyen RH, Mathur C, Wynings EM, Williams DA, Harlow BL. Remission of vulvar pain among women with primary vulvodynia. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2015 Jan; 19(1):62-7. PMID: 24859843; PMCID: PMC4241190; DOI: 10.1097/LGT.0000000000000041;.
  9. Khandker M, Brady SS, Stewart EG, Harlow BL. Is chronic stress during childhood associated with adult-onset vulvodynia? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Aug; 23(8):649-56. PMID: 25046165; PMCID: PMC4129923; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2013.4484;.
  10. Nguyen RH, Turner RM, Sieling J, Williams DA, Hodges JS, Harlow BL. Feasibility of collecting vulvar pain variability and its correlates using prospective collection with smartphones. Pain Res Treat. 2014; 2014:659863. PMID: 25006458; PMCID: PMC4071965; DOI: 10.1155/2014/659863;.
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I would welcome the opportunity to mentor faculty, postdocs and doctoral students interested in building stronger research and academic portfolios. Mentoring areas include grant writing, how to work collaboratively and build transdisciplinary research teams, improving national and international recognition of research, and other professional and career development activities. My experience includes having been the Chair of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota for nearly 10 years, where I hired 22 new faculty and evaluated the performance of over 50 primary faculty annually. I also have extensive NIH experience as a founding member of the Infectious disease, Reproductive, Asthma and Pulmonary (IRAP) NIH Study Section, which I also chaired for two years. In addition, I served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Counselors where I Chaired a number of site visits to evaluate the academic performance of NCI intramural investigators. I have also been a member of numerous ad-hoc committees to evaluate intramural and extramural research at NICHD and NIEHS. My philosophy includes appropriate time management, maintaining a strong separation between professional and other family commitments, and a structured and practical approach toward positioning a colleague for success rather than failure.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Career Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')


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