Joellen M. Schildkraut, PhD

School of Public Health

Department of Epidemiology

Phone: 404-727-3288



I received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University where I was fortunate to receive additional training in genetic epidemiology. My graduate work was focused on the familial overlap of breast and ovarian cancers and I have continued to conduct research focused on the genetic susceptibility of these cancers throughout my career.  I characterize my research as ‘Integrative Epidemiology’. My research program reflects team science and utilizes an inter-disciplinary approach to stretch the science of the epidemiologic design and approach, including genetics, epigenetics, novel statistical models, and behavioral aspects related to cancer research.  My current research in women’s cancers fits into three major themes described in detail below:


  1. The study of risk and survival of ovarian cancer
  2. Molecular characterization and genetic susceptibility of breast and ovarian cancers.
  3. Health disparities.