Elizabeth Suarez, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers)
Elizabeth Suarez, Ph.D., is an instructor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She is also a member of the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Suarez completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she worked with the Harvard Program on Perinatal and Pediatric Pharmacoepidemiology. Dr. Suarez received her doctorate degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s in public health in epidemiology from Boston University. After completing her doctoral work, Dr. Suarez was a postdoctoral fellow with the FDA Sentinel Operations Center at the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Suarez is a pharmacoepidemiologist focused on studying the use and safety of medications in pregnancy. Dr. Suarez’s research has focused on novel methods for studying medication safety in pregnancy using healthcare utilization data, including both insurance claims and electronic health records. Her recent research has involved the safety of antidepressants and medications for opioid use disorder in pregnancy, and methods focused work on the use of tree-based scan statistics for surveillance of medication use during pregnancy for the FDA Sentinel Initiative.