Dr. Heather Sipsma joined the BenU MPH faculty full-time in the fall of 2016. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, she taught at BenU as an adjunct faculty member during the 2015-2016 academic year, worked as a researcher at the University of Chicago, and was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sipsma received her bachelors degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and her PhD in epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Sipsma has expertise in epidemiological study design and analysis and more than 10 years of experience in maternal and child health research. Her primary interests include breastfeeding behaviors, contraception, and mental health, with a focus on young mothers and on the interaction between health systems and individual outcomes. She has presented her work both locally and nationally at several conferences and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles to date.