Mahsa Yazdy, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Emory University
BS, Emory University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Mahsa Yazdy, PhD, MPH is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is also the Director of the Division for Surveillance, Research, and Promotion of Perinatal Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which houses the Massachusetts Birth Defects Monitoring Program and the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. Dr. Yazdy has over 18 years of experience in perinatal epidemiology, with a focus on congenital anomalies. She has served as Executive Committee member, President, Board Vice-Chair, Chair of the Operations Committee of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network; she also serves on Committees and Workgroups of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Dr. Yazdy received her MPH in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and received a PhD in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health.

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  1. Fothergill A, Liberman RF, Nestoridi E, Mai CT, Yeung LF, Higgins C, Yazdy MM. Expanding the Massachusetts Birth Defects Monitoring Program to include additional pregnancy outcomes: Programmatic efforts and impacts on case ascertainment, 2012-2020. Birth Defects Res. 2024 Mar; 116(3):e2323. PMID: 38476117
  2. Darling AM, Yazdy MM, García MH, Carmichael SL, Shaw GM, Nestoridi E. Preconception dietary glycemic index and risk for large-for-gestational age births. Nutrition. 2024 Mar; 119:112322. PMID: 38199030
  3. Shephard HM, Manning SE, Nestoridi E, Darling AM, Brown CM, Hatch M, Ahnger-Pier K, Pagnano S, Mather D, Yazdy MM. Inequities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Persons, by Disaggregated Race and Ethnicity - Massachusetts, May 2021-October 2022. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2023 Sep 29; 72(39):1052-1056. PMID: 37768877; PMCID: PMC10545434; DOI: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7239a2;
  4. Pruitt Evans S, Ailes EC, Kramer MR, Shumate CJ, Reefhuis J, Insaf TZ, Yazdy MM, Carmichael SL, Romitti PA, Feldkamp ML, Neo DT, Nembhard WN, Shaw GM, Palmi E, Gilboa SM. Neighborhood Deprivation and Neural Tube Defects. Epidemiology. 2023 Nov 01; 34(6):774-785. PMID: 37757869; PMCID: PMC10928547; DOI: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001655;
  5. Petersen JM, Smith-Webb RS, Shaw GM, Carmichael SL, Desrosiers TA, Nestoridi E, Darling AM, Parker SE, Politis MD, Yazdy MM, Werler MM. Periconceptional intakes of methyl donors and other micronutrients involved in one-carbon metabolism may further reduce the risk of neural tube defects in offspring: a United States population-based case-control study of women meeting the folic acid recommendations. Am J Clin Nutr. 2023 Sep; 118(3):720-728.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37661108; PMCID: PMC10624769; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajcnut.2023.05.034;
  6. Wong EC, Lupo PJ, Desrosiers TA, Nichols HB, Smith SM, Poole C, Canfield M, Shumate C, Chambers TM, Schraw JM, Nembhard WN, Yazdy MM, Nestoridi E, Janitz AE, Olshan AF. Associations between birth defects with neural crest cell origins and pediatric embryonal tumors. Cancer. 2023 Nov 15; 129(22):3595-3602. PMID: 37432072; PMCID: PMC10615683; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.34952;
  7. Liberman RF, Heinke D, Lin AE, Nestoridi E, Jalali M, Markenson GR, Sekhavat S, Yazdy MM. Trends in Delayed Diagnosis of Critical Congenital Heart Defects in an Era of Enhanced Screening, 2004-2018. J Pediatr. 2023 Jun; 257:113366.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36858148
  8. Darling AM, Shephard H, Nestoridi E, Manning SE, Yazdy MM. SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy and preterm birth in Massachusetts from March 2020 through March 2021. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2023 Feb; 37(2):93-103. PMID: 36512318; PMCID: PMC9877646; DOI: 10.1111/ppe.12944;
  9. Weber KA, Yang W, Carmichael SL, Collins RT, Luben TJ, Desrosiers TA, Insaf TZ, Le MT, Evans SP, Romitti PA, Yazdy MM, Nembhard WN, Shaw GM. Assessing associations between residential proximity to greenspace and birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Environ Res. 2023 Jan 01; 216(Pt 3):114760. PMID: 36356662; PMCID: PMC10353702; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114760;
  10. Luke B, Brown MB, Wantman E, Schymura MJ, Browne ML, Fisher SC, Forestieri NE, Rao C, Nichols HB, Yazdy MM, Gershman ST, Sacha CR, Williams M, Ethen MK, Canfield MA, Doody KJ, Eisenberg ML, Baker VL, Williams C, Sutcliffe AG, Richard MA, Lupo PJ. The risks of birth defects and childhood cancer with conception by assisted reproductive technology. Hum Reprod. 2022 Oct 31; 37(11):2672-2689. PMID: 36112004; PMCID: PMC9960485; DOI: 10.1093/humrep/deac196;
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2022 Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention: F. Clarke Fraser Award
2020 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP): Emerging MCH Professional Award
2016 Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Zika Response Team, Commissioner’s Citation of Recognition
2015-2016 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral National Research Service Award
2009 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research: Student Prize Paper
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Perinatal epidemiology
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