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

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.

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


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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 3P01HD103133-02S1
2021 Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) 2020 3P01HD103133-02S2
2021 Comparative Safety of Non-Insulin Agents in Pregnant Women with Pregestational Diabetes 5R01HD097778-03 1
2021 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-04 1
2020 Comparative Safety of Non-Insulin Agents in Pregnant Women with Pregestational Diabetes 5R01HD097778-02 1
2020 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-03 1
2020 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-03 1
2020 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-03 1
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  1. Straub L, Huybrechts KF, Hernandez-Diaz S, Zhu Y, Vine S, Desai RJ, Gray KJ, Bateman BT. Trajectories of Prescription Opioid Utilization During Pregnancy Among Pre-Pregnancy Chronic Users and Risk of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Oct 13.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34643225
  2. Straub L, Bateman BT, Hernandez-Diaz S, York C, Zhu Y, Suarez EA, Lester B, Gonzalez L, Hanson R, Hildebrandt C, Homsi J, Kang D, Lee KWK, Lee Z, Li L, Longacre M, Shah N, Tukan N, Wallace F, Williams C, Zerriny S, Mogun H, Huybrechts KF. Validity of claims-based algorithms to identify neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2021 Oct 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34623720
  3. Esposito DB, Bateman B, Werler M, Straub L, Mogun H, Hernandez-Diaz S, Huybrechts K. Response to Invited Commentary: Intermittent opioid use and ischemic placental disease: study quantifies risks, raises questions. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Sep 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34528055
  4. Dagan N, Barda N, Biron-Shental T, Makov-Assif M, Key C, Kohane IS, Hernán MA, Lipsitch M, Hernandez-Diaz S, Reis BY, Balicer RD. Effectiveness of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy. Nat Med. 2021 10; 27(10):1693-1695. PMID: 34493859
  5. Bröms G, Friedman S, Kim SC, Wood ME, Hernandez-Diaz S, Brill G, Bateman BT, Huybrechts KF, Desai RJ. The Patterns of Use of Medications for Inflammatory Bowel Disease During Pregnancy in the US and Sweden Are Changing. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2021 Aug 19; 27(9):1427-1434.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33751058
  6. Esposito DB, Bateman B, Werler M, Straub L, Mogun H, Hernandez-Diaz S, Huybrechts K. Ischemic Placental Disease, Preterm Delivery, and their Association with Opioid Use During Pregnancy. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Jun 24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34165143
  7. Wyszynski DF, Hernandez-Diaz S, Gordon-Dseagu V, Ramiro N, Koenen KC. Stress levels among an international sample of pregnant and postpartum women during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2021 Jun 22; 1-9. PMID: 34157929
  8. Jones FJS, Sanches PR, Smith JR, Zafar SF, Hernandez-Diaz S, Blacker D, Hsu J, Schwamm LH, Westover MB, Moura LMVR. Anticonvulsant Primary and Secondary Prophylaxis for Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients: A Decision Analysis. Stroke. 2021 Aug; 52(9):2782-2791. PMID: 34126758; PMCID: PMC8384723; DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.033299;
  9. Basu A, Kim HH, Basaldua R, Choi KW, Charron L, Kelsall N, Hernandez-Diaz S, Wyszynski DF, Koenen KC. A cross-national study of factors associated with women's perinatal mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. PLoS One. 2021; 16(4):e0249780. PMID: 33882096; PMCID: PMC8059819; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249780;
  10. Hernandez-Diaz S, Bateman BT, Straub L, Zhu Y, Mogun H, Fischer M, Huybrechts KF. Safety of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF) for Pregnant Women facing the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Apr 13.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33847737; PMCID: PMC8083317; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwab109;
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