Janet Rich-Edwards, ScD, MPH

Dr. Janet Rich-Edwards is an epidemiologist, whose research focuses on determinants of women’s reproductive health across the lifecourse, as well as prenatal and childhood factors that affect the risk of developing chronic disease in adulthood. Dr. Rich-Edwards received her MPH from the University of North Carolina and her ScD in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School.


Dr. Rich-Edwards has appointments with both the DWH and the Channing Laboratory at BWH. She is the Director of Lifecourse Epidemiology for the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. Over the years, she has served as a mentor to both fellows and faculty with an interest in the fields of epidemiology and global women’s health. At the Harvard Chan School, she has served as director and co-director for the reproductive epidemiology track and oversaw its development into the reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology track, in addition to teaching several courses and mentorship roles. In 2018, Dr. Rich Edwards received one of three faculty Mentoring Awards given by the Harvard Chan School, awarded to faculty who enrich the academic, professional and personal development through guidance, support, collegiality, and overall mentorship. Since 2013, she has also served as co-director of the Science Program at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.


Dr. Rich-Edwards’ research career has focused on the intersection of a woman’s reproductive health and risk of chronic disease across the life span. She has been an author on over 280 research publications and has had projects funded by the NIH, CDC, and a PCORI grant. For over 20 years, Dr. Rich-Edwards has been in an investigator in the national Nurses’ Health Studies (NHS). Over the years her research has covered a number of issues related to women’s reproductive health, from aspects of reproductive health predicting chronic disease, to fetal origins of adult disease, to predictors of preterm delivery and maternal depression.

Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Scientist, Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine; Associate Epidemiologist, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine; Director of Lifecourse Epidemiology, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology

Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Medicine

Other Appointments
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Johnson CY, Tanz LJ, Lawson CC, Schernhammer ES, Vetter C, Rich-Edwards JW. Night shift work and cardiovascular disease biomarkers in female nurses. Am J Ind Med. 2020 Mar;63(3):240-248. PMID:30715075


Heinke D, Nestoridi E, Hernandez-Diaz S, Williams PL, Rich-Edwards JW, Lin AE, Van Bennekom CM, Mitchell AA, Nembhard WN, Fretts RC, Roberts DJ, Duke CW, Carmichael SL, Yazdy MM; National Birth Defects Prevention Study.. Risk of Stillbirth for Fetuses With Specific Birth Defects. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Jan;135(1):133-140. PMID:31809437


Sandsæter HL, Horn J, Rich-Edwards JW, Haugdahl HS. Preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and later risk of cardiovascular disease: Women’s experiences and motivation for lifestyle changes explored in focus group interviews. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Nov 27;19(1):448. PMID:31775681


Rich-Edwards JW. The Womb and the Heart: More Connected Than We Knew. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Dec 3;74(22):2755-2757. Epub 2019 Nov 11. PMID:31727425


Arvizu M, Bjerregaard AA, Madsen MTB, Granström C, Halldorsson TI, Olsen SF, Gaskins AJ, Rich-Edwards JW, Rosner BA, Chavarro JE. Sodium Intake during Pregnancy, but Not Other Diet Recommendations Aimed at Preventing Cardiovascular Disease, Is Positively Related to Risk of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy. J Nutr. 2020 Jan 1;150(1):159-166. PMID:31504673


Ananth CV, Hansen AV, Elkind MSV, Williams MA, Rich-Edwards JW, Nybo Andersen AM. Cerebrovascular disease after placental abruption: A population-based prospective cohort study. Neurology. 2019 Sep 17;93(12):e1148-e1158. Epub 2019 Aug 16. PMID:31420459


Farland LV, Prescott J, Sasamoto N, Tobias DK, Gaskins AJ, Stuart JJ, Carusi DA, Chavarro JE, Horne AW, Rich-Edwards JW, Missmer SA. Endometriosis and Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Sep;134(3):527-536. PMID:31403584


Gaskins AJ, Hart JE, Chavarro JE, Missmer SA, Rich-Edwards JW, Laden F, Mahalingaiah S. Air pollution exposure and risk of spontaneous abortion in the Nurses’ Health Study II. Hum Reprod. 2019 Sep 29;34(9):1809-1817. PMID:31385588


Fraser A, Catov JM, Lawlor DA, Rich-Edwards JW. Pregnancy Characteristics and Women’s Cardiovascular Health. 2017 Nov 21. In: Halfon N, Forrest CB, Lerner RM, Faustman EM, editors. Handbook of Life Course Health Development [Internet]. Cham (CH): Springer; 2018. PMID:31314294


Nassan FL, Lawson CC, Gaskins AJ, Johnson CY, Boiano JM, Rich-Edwards JW, Chavarro JE. Administration of antineoplastic drugs and fecundity in female nurses. Am J Ind Med. 2019 Aug;62(8):672-679. Epub 2019 Jun 20. PMID:31219624