Shirley Beresford

University of Washington

Professor of Epidemiology; School of Public Heath, Senior Associate Dean

Dr. Beresford is Professor of Epidemiology with additional appointments in health services and nutritional sciences, and is full member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is Senior Associate Dean in the UW School of Public Health, and is an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Dr. Beresford received BA and MA degrees in Mathematics from Cambridge University, U.K., an MSc in Mathematical Statistics, University of Sussex, and a PhD in Epidemiology, University of London. Her former faculty appointments were to the University of London, Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She has more than forty-five years of experience and published more than 250 articles in socio-medical and epidemiological research. Her passion for methodological rigor, commitment to public health, and keen interest in working with colleagues to identify new or adapt existing methodologies to improve inference in critical issues in public health have defined her career. For more than 25 years she worked actively in the area of health effects of folic acid which has had significant impact. She acted as consultant to the CDC, to the Spina Bifida Association of America and as advisor to the Food and Drug Administration during the period leading up to the mandatory fortification of enriched flour and grain products with synthetic folic acid. She has made many significant contributions to population health in studies directed at understanding patterns of health determinants, and in interventions that reduce disparities in health outcomes, e.g. among Latinas and members of the Navajo Nation. Dr. Beresford has directed five worksite randomized trials of community and individual interventions to reduce obesity, and through her work in socioeconomic disparities in obesity has a strong reputation in complex study design and applied analytic methods. She is an expert on nutritional epidemiology, and social epidemiology.