About PRHE Faculty and Staff
UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health & the Environment

Program Faculty

Linda Giudice, MD, PhD founded PRHE in 2007 and is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Giudice is a biochemist, an obstetrician, gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist whose research has focused on endometrial biology, placental-uterine interactions and environmental impacts on reproductive health. For more information on Dr. Giudice, see her UC profile page.

Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH is Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment.  She has done extensive research and policy development on environmental health issues, with a particular emphasis on early-life development.  Her research include evaluating prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and related adverse pregnancy outcomes, and characterizing developmental risks.  She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters, and has been quoted widely in the press, including USAToday, the San Francisco Chronicle, and WebMD.  She was previously at the US EPA, where she was a senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, and author of numerous government documents.  She is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives. She was appointed by the governor of California in 2012 to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant (DART) Identification Committee.

Robert Gould, MD graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and from 1981 until 2012 worked as a Pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose. In 2012 Bob was appointed as an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine, to serve as Director of Health Professional Outreach and Education for the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE).  Since 1989, he has been President of the SF-Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and in 2003 was President of National PSR, to serve again in this capacity in 2014. Since 1986, Bob has been a leading member of the Peace Caucus of the American Public Health Association, for which he has been Chairperson for numerous years, and in 2009 APHA awarded Bob the prestigious Sidel-Levy Peace Award. Bob has been recognized as a leading expert on the environmental and public health impacts of nuclear weapons, and has been a contributing author to chapters on health impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism in “War and Public Health” (2008) and “Terrorism and Public Health” (2011) published by Oxford University Press.

Since 1992 has been a leading member of the Environmental Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association (CMA), and through this work has authored and submitted numerous environmental health resolutions adopted by CMA as policy. For his work within CMA, he received the Santa Clara County Medical Association’s (SCCMA) "Outstanding Contribution in Community Service" award in 2001, and “Outstanding Contribution to the Medical Society award in 2012. Dr. Gould was also listed as one of Santa Clara County's "Top 400 Physicians" in peer-review surveys published in San Jose Magazine in 2001 through 2007.

Juleen Lam, MH, MHS, PhD is an Associate Research Scientist at the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Department of OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been involved with the Navigation Guide and systematic review methodology since 2011, and has been an author on four completed case studies applying the Navigation Guide methodology to answering environmental health policy-relevant questions. She is currently leading the sixth case study to address the association between formaldehyde exposure and asthma health outcomes. Prior to her position at UCSF, she completed two postdocs at the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Johns Hopkins University.

Amy Padula, PhD, MSc. is our newest faculty member with the Program for Reproductive Health and the Environment, joining us in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.  Dr. Padula received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of California Berkeley and comes to us from Stanford University. Her expertise is in air pollution, social disparities and adverse pregnancy outcomes.  

Program Staff

Cynthia Melgoza Canchola manages PRHE’s research lab at San Francisco General Hospital. She is also a bilingual Spanish and English health educator for the Children's Environmental Health Promotion Program of the San Francisco Department Public Health. Prior to her roles as health educator and research assistant, Cynthia worked to promote safer ergonomic work practices for day laborers; she was involved in the educational campaign to inform the public about lead in Mexican candy; and she conducted a pilot project to promote disinfectants that are safer for asthma in child care settings. Cynthia graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Raza Studies and a BS in Health Science.

Natalyn Daniels is a Research Assistant working with PRHE. Natalyn received a B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2011. She became interested in reproduction and environmental health through her work as an ambulance emergency medical technician and her previous Research Analyst appointment in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UCSF.

Erin DeMicco, MPH, CCRC is Senior Clinical Research Coordinator responsible for managing PRHE’s clinical research portfolio at San Francisco General Hospital and the UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital. Erin earned her MPH at San Francisco State University where she focused her academic work in maternal and child health. Erin has over 12 years of study coordination and project management experience.

Cheryl Godwin de Medina, joined PRHE as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in April, 2014.  Cheryl currently works on two different projects under the PEEC Study, which are located at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and Mission Bay Hospital.  The studies are examining the effects of BPA and PBDE exposure on fetal development during pregnancy, and whether or not environmental chemicals affect the health outcome in pregnant women and their newborn babies.  Prior to her role here at PRHE, she worked on The HPV Teen Study through the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UCSF, which looked at HPV and its’ effect on the immune system in adolescents and young women.  Cheryl has her B.A. in Microbiology and Immunology from UC Berkeley.

Anne Sausser is a Translation Administrative Analyst at PRHE and the wrangler of all things administrative for the Research Translation Team.  She comes to PRHE with a recent background in events coordination and almost 20 years assisting higher education and sponsored research programs in administration.

Jackie Schwartz, MPH is a Research Scientist and focuses on PRHE's research activities and communications, authoring PRHE's recent report, Shaping Our Legacy. Prior to joining PRHE, Jackie was a research associate at the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research at U.C. Berkeley, and served as a public health assessor and epidemiologist for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Health Services. Her research has focused on evaluating the association between environmental exposures and health outcomes in both adults and children, including identifying risk factors for exposure to pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Kristin Shiplet is PRHE’S Operations Manager. She is responsible for overall organizational management and developing systems to assist with PRHE’s wide variety of projects. Her background is in Social Work and before joining the PRHE team, she worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs where she oversaw the creation and implementation of afterschool programs for low income youth.

Patrice Sutton, MPH is a Research Scientist and is spearheading PRHE's clinical outreach and translation efforts. Patrice has over 20 years of experience in occupational and environmental health research, industrial hygiene, public health practice, policy development and community-based advocacy. As a contractor to California's state health department from 1987 to 2006, she was responsible for conducting all aspects of research investigations spanning a disparate range of issues, including lead poisoning, tuberculosis, asthma, and pesticide-illness. She has extensive experience collaborating with directly-impacted workplace and community-based populations, labor, and governmental and non-governmental organizations in the development of research strategies and policy recommendations. She also has extensive experience as a volunteer in support of communities and workers impacted by the nuclear weapons production cycle and has published over thirty peer-reviewed scientific articles and government technical reports.

Brittany Tadwilliams is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator with PRHE focusing on the Chemicals in Our Bodies 2 study which examines the effects of chemicals like BDE’s and Perfluorinated chemicals in the bodies of pregnant women and their babies at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and UCSF’s Mission Bay location. Brittany volunteered with the Environmental and Biological Department at the University of California Santa Barbara where she also graduated in 2013 with a B.A.

Hazel Tesoro is an administrative analyst at PRHE and supports PRHE’s Director. She also provided invaluable support to PRHE’s FIGO collaboration and related events. Hazel holds a BA degree in Environmental Science from Mills College, in Oakland, California.

Aolin Wang joined PRHE as a postdoc in February 2016. Aolin comes to PRHE from UCLA where she earned her PhD in Epidemiology.  She has extensive training in epidemiologic methods and biostatistical modeling. Her research interests lie in developing computational approaches to study the role of the environment in pregnancy outcomes.