Olivia Orta, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

Dr. Olivia Orta is a post-doctoral associate in epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). In June 2018, she graduated from Harvard School of Public Health with a doctorate in epidemiology. Dr. Orta has interests in reproductive and environmental epidemiology. Her dissertation research involved the study of the human stress response during pregnancy and in the postmenopausal period in prospective cohort studies from North and South America. She has expertise measuring cortisol, a stress hormone, in hair samples. Dr. Orta has a chief role in designing PRESTO’s new supplemental module on early life experiences. She is also co-investigator of the Study of Environment, Lifestyle, and Fibroids (SELF), in which she is examining the role of persistent pesticides and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) on self-reported stress and gynecologic disease.

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  1. Orta OR, Hatch EE, Regan AK, Perkins R, Wesselink AK, Willis SK, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. A prospective study of influenza vaccination and time to pregnancy. Vaccine. 2020 Jun 02; 38(27):4246-4251.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32409134
  2. Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Willis SK, Orta OR, Wise LA. Pesticide residue intake from fruits and vegetables and fecundability in a North American preconception cohort study. Environ Int. 2020 Jun; 139:105693.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32259756
  3. Orta OR, Wesselink AK, Bethea TN, Henn BC, Sjödin A, Wegienka G, Baird DD, Wise LA. Correlates of organochlorine pesticide plasma concentrations among reproductive-aged black women. Environ Res. 2020 05; 184:109352.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32182481; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109352;
  4. Orta OR, Terry KL, Missmer SA, Harris HR. Dairy and related nutrient intake and risk of uterine leiomyoma: a prospective cohort study. Hum Reprod. 2020 02 29; 35(2):453-463. PMID: 32086510
  5. Orta OR, Wesselink AK, Bethea TN, Claus Henn B, McClean MD, Sjödin A, Baird DD, Wise LA. Correlates of plasma concentrations of brominated flame retardants in a cohort of U.S. Black women residing in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area. Sci Total Environ. 2020 Apr 20; 714:136777.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32018967; DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136777;
  6. Orta OR, Huang T, Kubzansky LD, Terry KL, Coull BA, Williams MA, Tworoger SS. The association between abuse history in childhood and salivary rhythms of cortisol and DHEA in postmenopausal women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2020 02; 112:104515. PMID: 31784054
  7. Orta OR, Tworoger SS, Terry KL, Coull BA, Gelaye B, Kirschbaum C, Sanchez SE, Williams MA. Stress and hair cortisol concentrations from preconception to the third trimester. Stress. 2019 01; 22(1):60-69. PMID: 30585520
  8. Roberts L, Tamene M, Orta OR. The Intersectionality of Racial and Gender Discrimination among Teens Exposed to Dating Violence. Ethn Dis. 2018; 28(Suppl 1):253-260. PMID: 30116095
  9. Orta OR, Tworoger SS, Terry KL, Coull BA, Gelaye B, Kirschbaum C, Sanchez SE, Williams MA. An evaluation of distal hair cortisol concentrations collected at delivery. Stress. 2018 07; 21(4):355-365. PMID: 29614892
  10. Orta OR, Gelaye B, Bain PA, Williams MA. The association between maternal cortisol and depression during pregnancy, a systematic review. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2018 02; 21(1):43-53. PMID: 28942465
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