Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dr. Leslie V. Farland, ScD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.
She has training in biology (AB; University of Chicago) and reproductive epidemiology (MSc, ScD; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health). Prior to joining the faculty, she was an Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and served as the Director of Epidemiologic Research at the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Farland's current research focuses on three major themes:
i) The intersection between women’s reproductive health and chronic disease risk
ii) Disparities in infertility care and fertility treatment utilization
iii) Etiology and risk factors for endometriosis
D. Farland is particularly interested in the intersection between reproductive health and cancer. Dr. Farland's dissertation analyzed the relationship between endometriosis (a chronic gynecologic disorder affecting approximately ten percent of women) and breast cancer risk. It was divided into four aims assessing the relationship between i) endometriosis and breast cancer, ii) endometriosis and mammographic density, iii) endometriosis and benign breast disease, and iv) breastfeeding intensity and duration and the risk of endometriosis.
Another area of research focuses on utilization patterns of fertility treatment and medical evaluations for infertility - highlighting barriers in access and potential selection biases in studies restricted to infertility clinics.