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

PhD, University of Washington
MPH, University of Minnesota
BS, University of Rhode Island



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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Dr. Harlow is an active member of the DEI committee within the Society for Epidemiologic Research where he assists in the SER Visits program to bring more resources and access to Society educational opportunities for underrepresented minority students. In addition, in his role as a member of the NIH Prevention of Lower Urinary tract Symptoms (PLUS) research consortium, he is very active in the DEI focus of the reseach ensuring adequate representation of minority women in the research carried out.by the Consortium. This includes hearing the voices of community partners on helping to guide the direction and inclusivity of the research..


Risk of vulvodynia due to immune-related health events throughout the life course
04/06/2020 - 12/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
5R21HD099533-02

Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center
07/15/2015 - 06/30/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Bernard L. Harlow, PhD
Regents of the University of Minnesota NIH NIDDK
5U24DK106786-09

Treatment of Consequences of Female Genital Cutting
07/15/2018 - 06/30/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Regents of the University of Minnesota NIH NICHD
5R01HD091685-03

Society for Epidemiologic Research Doctoral Dissertation Workshop
05/01/2018 - 04/30/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
2R13TR002021-02

Society for Epidemiologic Research Doctoral Dissertation Workshop
04/12/2017 - 04/11/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
1R13TR002021-01



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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Risk of vulvodynia due to immune-related health events throughout the life course 5R21HD099533-02
2021 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium Scientific and Data Coordinating Center 5U24DK106786-07
2020 Risk of vulvodynia due to immune-related health events throughout the life course 1R21HD099533-01A1
2020 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium Scientific and Data Coordinating Center 2U24DK106786-06
2019 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (PLUS-SDCC) (U01) 5U01DK106786-05 20
2019 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (PLUS-SDCC) (U01) 3U01DK106786-05S1 20
2018 Society for Epidemiologic Research Doctoral Dissertation Workshop 2R13TR002021-02
2018 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (PLUS-SDCC) (U01) 3U01DK106786-04S1 20
2018 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (PLUS-SDCC) (U01) 5U01DK106786-04 20
2017 Society for Epidemiologic Research Doctoral Dissertation Workshop 1R13TR002021-01
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  1. Raposa ME, Smithers DJ, Coleman CM, Harlow BL. Depression and help-seeking behaviors among college students: Findings from the Healthy Minds Study 2018-2019. J Am Coll Health. 2024 Jan 16; 1-8. PMID: 38227913
     
  2. Zheng A, Harlow BL, Gereige J. Immune Dysregulation, Inflammation in Characterizing Women with Vulvodynia, Depression, and Both. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2024 Mar; 33(3):364-370. PMID: 38190297; PMCID: PMC10924120; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2023.0422;
     
  3. Yang Y, Valdimarsdóttir UA, Manson JE, Sievert LL, Harlow BL, Eliassen AH, Bertone-Johnson ER, Lu D. Premenstrual Disorders, Timing of Menopause, and Severity of Vasomotor Symptoms. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Sep 05; 6(9):e2334545. PMID: 37725375; PMCID: PMC10509727; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.34545;
     
  4. Abanobi AN, Itacy S, Coleman CM, Harlow BL. Association between eating disorders and sleep duration among college students: Findings from the National Healthy Minds study. J Am Coll Health. 2023 Jul 18; 1-7. PMID: 37463502
     
  5. Harlow BL, Coleman CM, Mühlrad H, Yan J, Linnros E, Lu D, Fox MP, Bohm-Starke N. The Association Between Immune-Related Conditions Across the Life-Course and Provoked Vulvodynia. J Pain. 2023 Aug; 24(8):1415-1422.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36940787; PMCID: PMC10440273; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2023.03.007;
     
  6. Harlow BL, Coleman CM, Mühlrad H, Yan J, Linnros E, Lu D, Fox MP, Bohm-Starke N. The Association Between Immune-Related Conditions Across the Life-Course and Provoked Vulvodynia. J Pain. 2023 Mar 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36940787; PMCID: PMC10440273; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2023.03.007;
     
  7. Camenga DR, Wang Z, Chu H, Lindberg S, Sutcliffe S, Brady SS, Coyne-Beasley T, Fitzgerald CM, Gahagan S, Low LK, LaCoursiere DY, Lavender M, Smith AL, Stapleton A, Harlow BL. Sexual Health Behaviors by Age 17 and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms at Age 19: PLUS Research Consortium Analysis of ALSPAC Data. J Adolesc Health. 2023 May; 72(5):737-745. PMID: 36781327; PMCID: PMC10826680; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.12.019;
     
  8. Smith AL, Rudser K, Harlow BL, McGwin G, Barthold J, Brady SS, Brubaker L, Cunningham SD, Griffith JW, Kenton K, Klusaritz H, Lewis CE, Lukacz ES, Maki J, Markland AD, Mueller ER, Newman DK, Nodora J, Rickey LM, Rockwood T, Simon M, Wyman JF, Sutcliffe S. RISE FOR HEALTH: Rationale and protocol for a prospective cohort study of bladder health in women. Neurourol Urodyn. 2023 Jun; 42(5):998-1010. PMID: 36321762; PMCID: PMC10151425; DOI: 10.1002/nau.25074;
     
  9. Estibeiro V, Juntunen A, Bond JC, Harlow BL. Menstrual Cycle Characteristics and Vulvodynia. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 Aug; 31(8):1127-1136. PMID: 35041490; PMCID: PMC9419961; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2020.9011;
     
  10. Casey SM, Varela A, Marriott JP, Coleman CM, Harlow BL. The influence of diagnosed mental health conditions and symptoms of depression and/or anxiety on suicide ideation, plan, and attempt among college students: Findings from the Healthy Minds Study, 2018-2019. J Affect Disord. 2022 02 01; 298(Pt A):464-471. PMID: 34774646
     
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2016-2018 Society for Epidemiologic Research: President-Elect, President, Past President
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

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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