Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, MD
Adjunct Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

MD, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
DPH/DrPH, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Hernandez-Diaz is a Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Pharmacoepidemiology Program at the Harvard School of Public Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Her main area of research has been drug safety evaluation from observational data, with a special emphasis on the analysis of patterns of use and safety of drugs during pregnancy. She has also studied the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular safety of steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and this work triggered her involvement with newly introduced COX-2 inhibitors. Her third group of research activities concerns the application of innovative methodologic concepts to pharmacoepidemiologic studies, including the use of causal structural approaches to define confounding and selection biases that might facilitate the identification, communication, and resolution of common analytical problems.


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2024 The Training Program in Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Life Course Epidemiology 5T32HD104612-04
2023 The Training Program in Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Life Course Epidemiology 5T32HD104612-03
2023 Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) 2020 5P01HD103133-04
2023 Comparative Safety of Non-Insulin Agents in Pregnant Women with Pregestational Diabetes 5R01HD097778-05
2022 Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) 2020 5P01HD103133-03
2022 Comparative Safety of Non-Insulin Agents in Pregnant Women with Pregestational Diabetes 5R01HD097778-04
2022 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-05
2021 The Training Program in Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Life Course Epidemiology 1T32HD104612-01
2021 Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) 2020 5P01HD103133-02
2021 Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) 2020 3P01HD103133-02S2
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  1. Cortes JE, Abruzzese E, Cardonick EH, Hernandez-Diaz S, Gutierrez J, Sardegna MS, Torres-Chavez E, Dinatale M, Lerro CC, Gehrke BJ, Shord SS, de Claro RA, Theoret MR, DeMaria PJ, Norsworthy KJ. Perspectives on drug development for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia in pregnant patients and patients who are breastfeeding. Clin Cancer Res. 2024 Jul 05. PMID: 38967550
  2. Fung K, Hernandez-Diaz S, Zash R, Chadwick EG, Van Dyke RB, Broadwell C, Jao J, Powis K, Yee LM, Williams PL. First-trimester exposure to newer antiretroviral agents and congenital anomalies in a U.S. cohort. AIDS. 2024 Jun 12. PMID: 38864586
  3. Brown J, Huybrechts K, Straub L, Heider D, Bateman B, Hernandez-Diaz S. Use of Real-World Data and Machine Learning to Screen for Maternal and Paternal Characteristics Associated with Cardiac Malformations. Res Sq. 2024 Jun 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38947037; PMCID: PMC11213223; DOI: 10.21203/;
  4. Shupler M, Huybrechts K, Leung M, Wei Y, Schwartz J, Hernandez-Diaz S, Papatheodorou S. The association of short-term increases in ambient PM2.5 and temperature exposures with stillbirth: racial/ethnic disparities among Medicaid recipients. Am J Epidemiol. 2024 May 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38770979
  5. Shupler M, Klompmaker JO, Leung M, Petimar J, Drouin-Chartier JP, Modest AM, Hacker M, Farid H, James P, Hernandez-Diaz S, Papatheodorou S. Association between density of food retailers and fitness centers and gestational diabetes mellitus in Eastern Massachusetts, USA: population-based study. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2024 Jul; 35:100775. PMID: 38803547; PMCID: PMC11128511; DOI: 10.1016/j.lana.2024.100775;
  6. Suarez EA, Bateman BT, Hernandez-Diaz S, Straub L, McDougle CJ, Wisner KL, Gray KJ, Pennell PB, Lester B, Zhu Y, Mogun H, Huybrechts KF. Prescription Stimulant Use During Pregnancy and Risk of Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children. JAMA Psychiatry. 2024 May 01; 81(5):477-488.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38265792; PMCID: PMC10809143; DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2023.5073;
  7. Wang C, Johansson ALV, Nyberg C, Pareek A, Almqvist C, Hernandez-Diaz S, Oberg AS. Prediction of pregnancy-related complications in women undergoing assisted reproduction, using machine learning methods. Fertil Steril. 2024 Jul; 122(1):95-105. PMID: 38373676
  8. Cohen JM, Alvestad S, Suarez EA, Schaffer A, Selmer RM, Havard A, Bateman BT, Cesta CE, Zoega H, Odsbu I, Huybrechts KF, Kjerpeseth LJ, Straub L, Leinonen MK, Bjørk MH, Nørgaard M, Gissler M, Ulrichsen SP, Hernandez-Diaz S, Tomson T, Furu K. Comparative Risk of Major Congenital Malformations With Antiseizure Medication Combinations vs Valproate Monotherapy in Pregnancy. Neurology. 2024 Jan 23; 102(2):e207996.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38165339; PMCID: PMC10870741; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000207996;
  9. Mansour O, Russo RG, Straub L, Bateman BT, Gray KJ, Huybrechts KF, Hernández-Díaz S. Prescription medication use during pregnancy in the United States from 2011 to 2020: trends and safety evidence. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Dec 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38128861; PMCID: PMC11187710; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2023.12.020;
  10. Laugesen K, Veres K, Hernandez-Diaz S, Chiu YH, Oberg AS, Hsu J, Rinaudo P, Spaan M, van Leeuwen F, Sørensen HT. Overweight or obesity in children born after assisted reproductive technologies in Denmark: A population-based cohort study. PLoS Med. 2023 Dec; 20(12):e1004324.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38113196; PMCID: PMC10729995; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1004324;
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2017 Poulsson medal/award by the Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology
2015 Alumni Award Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2015 Clinical Research Forum: Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award
2014 Elected President of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology
2013 Elected President of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research
2012 Elected Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences
2010-2012 International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology: Elected Chair of the Pregnancy Special Interest Group
2008-Pres Elected Fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology
2006 Kenneth Rothman Prize Award
2004 Kenneth Rothman Prize Award
2004-2010 Kenneth Rothman Prize Award
2000 Lilienfeld Student Prize
1999 15th Annual Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology – Oral Presentation Prize
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