Professor of Epidemiology


Stephen Buka, ScD is Professor and was Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Buka is an epidemiologist whose work centers on the causes and prevention of neuropsychiatric disorders. He has conducted extensive research in neuropsychology and psychiatric epidemiology, and has directed several major longitudinal studies examining the impact of birth complications, environmental hazards, and socioeconomic conditions on behavioral and intellectual development. He originated and directs the New England Family Study, which is a prospective, three-generation study of over 5000 participants from the Boston and Providence sites of the National Collaborative Perinatal Project, which combines a family design, discordant sibling sets, molecular genetics and biological assays, psychiatric, neuropsychological and functional imaging assessments.  Dr. Buka served as PI of the Providence, RI and Bristol County, MA sites of the National Children’s Study (NCS) and on the NCS Executive Steering Committee for 7 years.  He has served on several Institute of Medicine expert committees and in advisory roles to multiple federal and state agencies.  

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