Shirley A. A. Beresford
Ph.D., University of London, Epidemiology, 1981.
M.A., University of Cambridge, Mathematics Tripos, 1974.
M.Sc., University of Sussex, Mathematical Statistics, 1971.
B.A., University of Cambridge, Mathematics Tripos, 1970.
Dr. Beresford began her career as a medical statistician and then epidemiologist in London. She has published more than 20 papers or book chapters on cardiovascular disease or its risk factors, including one of the most highly cited meta-analyses of homocysteine and cardiovascular disease risk, and more than 25 papers on cancer risk. Dr. Beresford has published more than 40 papers on dietary factors, including folate status, or dietary behavior, including reducing dietary fat intake and increasing fruit and vegetable intake, out of a total of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. She has co-authored a book chapter in nutritional epidemiology. Dr. Beresford was a member of the Committee on Identifying and Assessing Unintended Effects of Genetically Engineered Foods on Human Health, National Academy of Sciences, 2002 - 2004, and an invited speaker at the Institute of Medicine's workshop on Managing Food-related Risks in 2005. Her research interests are in the areas of nutritional epidemiology and chronic disease prevention. Her work is specifically designed to improve the scientific basis for public health policy and recommendations concerning dietary intake, physical activity and intake of folic acid. She has been Principal Investigator on numerous individual and group randomized trials of dietary behavior intervention. In particular, Dr. Beresford has been an investigator with the Women's Health Initiative since its inception, contributing to the intervention design in the Dietary Modification trial, and is lead author of one of the primary results papers of the randomized trial, namely the low fat dietary pattern and risk of colorectal cancer.
She is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and also a member of the core faculty of the Nutritional Sciences Program, and affiliate investigator with the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit.
Dr. Beresford co-founded and teaches the course EPI 538 / NUTR 538 ''Nutritional Epidemiology'', currently offered in Autumn quarter.
Dr. Beresford chairs the social epidemiology working group in the School of Public Health, and co-teaches the course EPI 548/ HSERV 548 'Social Determinants of Health: research methods', currently offered in Winter quarter.
Delta Omega Society, Theta Chapter
American Epidemiological Society
American Public Health Association
American Society of Preventive Oncology
Delta Omega Society
International Epidemiological Association
Royal Statistical Society
Society for Epidemiological Research
Society for Social Medicine
Honors and Awards
2001, Member, America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals
1999, Career Appreciation Certificate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1997, Elected Member American Epidemiological Society
1991, Professional Advisory Council Award, Spina Bifida Association of America
1990, President's Excellence Award, Spina Bifida Association of America
1984, Outstanding Performance Award, Veterans Administration
1984, Elected Member Delta Omega Society
1967, Scholarship (not claimed), St. Hughes College, Oxford University, Mathematics
1984-1987, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health, Epidemiology
1982-1984, Senior Research Health Scientist, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research
1982-1984, Assistant Professor, Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, Community and Family Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
1976-1982, Research Fellow, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice
1976-1982, Honorary Lecturer, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice
1971-1976, Lecturer, St. Thomas' Hospital Medical School, Medical School, Community Medicine
Reproducibility and relative validity of food group intake in a food frequency questionnaire developed for Nepalese diet.. International journal of food sciences and nutrition. :1-8.. 2017.
Healthcare Factors for Obtaining a Mammogram in Latinas With a Variable Mammography History.. Oncology nursing forum. 44(1):66-76.. 2017.
Processed Meat, but Not Unprocessed Red Meat, Is Inversely Associated with Leukocyte Telomere Length in the Strong Heart Family Study.. The Journal of nutrition. 146(10):2013-2018.. 2016.
Long-term oral bisphosphonate use in relation to fracture risk in postmenopausal women with breast cancer: findings from the Women's Health Initiative.. Menopause (New York, N.Y.). 23(11):1168-1175.. 2016.
HealthLinks randomized controlled trial: Design and baseline results.. Contemporary clinical trials. 48:1-11.. 2016.
Contribution of health behaviors to the association between area-level socioeconomic status and cancer mortality.. Social science & medicine (1982). 148:52-58.. 2016.
Psychological Outcomes After a False Positive Mammogram: Preliminary Evidence for Ethnic Differences Across Time.. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities.. 2016.
Low-Fat Dietary Pattern Intervention and Health-Related Quality Of Life: The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Dietary Modification Trial.. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 116(2):259-271.. 2016.
Dietary biomarker evaluation in a controlled feeding study in women from the Women's Health Initiative cohort.. The American journal of clinical nutrition.. 2016.
Neighborhood Predictors of Mammography Barriers Among US-Based Latinas.. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities.. 2016.
Multilevel Intervention Raises Latina Participation in Mammography Screening: Findings from ¡Fortaleza Latina!. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. 25(4):584-92.. 2016.
Food patterns measured by principal component analysis and obesity in the Nepalese adult.. Heart Asia. 8(1):46-53.. 2016.
Conversations about Abnormal Mammograms on Distress and Timely Follow-up Across Ethnicity.. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education.. 2015.
No association between blood telomere length and longitudinally assessed diet or adiposity in a young adult Filipino population.. European journal of nutrition.. 2015.
Promoting changes in obesogenic behaviors: does coworker social support play a role? American journal of health promotion : AJHP. 29(5):311-3.. 2015.
Estimating Pesticide Exposure from Dietary Intake and Organic Food Choices: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).. Environmental health perspectives. 123(5):475-83.. 2015.
Identifying the effects of environmental and policy change interventions on healthy eating.. Annual review of public health. 36:289-306.. 2015.
Red blood cell folate and plasma folate are not associated with risk of incident colorectal cancer in the Women's Health Initiative observational study.. International journal of cancer. Journal international du cancer.. 2015.
Worksite neighborhood and obesogenic behaviors: findings among employees in the Promoting Activity and Changes in Eating (PACE) trial.. American journal of preventive medicine. 48(1):31-41.. 2015.
Disparities in cancer incidence and mortality by area-level socioeconomic status: a multilevel analysis.. Journal of epidemiology and community health. 69(2):168-76.. 2015.
Family/friend recommendations and mammography intentions: the roles of perceived mammography norms and support.. Health education research.. 2015.