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
Health Promotion in Small Workplaces in the United States.. Annual review of public health.. 2014.
Better postdiagnosis diet quality is associated with reduced risk of death among postmenopausal women with invasive breast cancer in the Women's Health Initiative.. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology.. 2014.
Social Relationships and Risk of Incident Mild Cognitive Impairment in US Alzheimer's Disease Centers.. Alzheimer disease and associated disorders.. 2014.
Vitamin D intake and lung cancer risk in the Women's Health Initiative.. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 98(4):1002-11.. 2013.
Increases in physical activity may affect quality of life differently in men and women: the PACE project.. Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation.. 2013.
Physical Activity, Maternal Metabolic Measures, and the Incidence of Gallbladder Sludge or Stones during Pregnancy: A Randomized Trial.. American journal of perinatology.. 2013.
Healthy Gardens/Healthy Lives: Navajo Perceptions of Growing Food Locally to Prevent Diabetes and Cancer.. Health promotion practice.. 2013.
B vitamin intakes and incidence of colorectal cancer: results from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study cohort.. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 97(2):332-43.. 2013.
Impact of folic acid fortification on global DNA methylation and one-carbon biomarkers in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study cohort.. Epigenetics : official journal of the DNA Methylation Society. 9(3). 2013.
Adherence to WCRF/AICR Cancer Prevention Recommendations and Risk of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer.. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology.. 2013.
Homocysteine, cysteine, and risk of incident colorectal cancer in the Women's Health Initiative observational cohort.. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 97(4):827-34.. 2013.
Response of serum and red blood cell folate concentrations to folic acid supplementation depends on methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase C677T genotype: results from a crossover trial.. Molecular nutrition & food research. 57(4):637-44.. 2013.
Perceived stress, behavior, and body mass index among adults participating in a worksite obesity prevention program, Seattle, 2005-2007.. Preventing chronic disease. 9:E152.. 2012.
Biomarkers of inflammation are associated with colorectal cancer risk in women but are not suitable as early detection markers.. International journal of cancer. Journal international du cancer.. 2012.
Associations of processed meat and unprocessed red meat intake with incident diabetes: the Strong Heart Family Study.. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 95(3):752-8.. 2012.
Evaluation and comparison of food records, recalls, and frequencies for energy and protein assessment by using recovery biomarkers.. American journal of epidemiology. 174(5):591-603.. 2011.
Pregnancy history and risk of endometrial cancer.. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.). 22(5):638-45.. 2011.
Low-fat dietary pattern and change in body-composition traits in the Women's Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial.. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 93(3):516-24.. 2011.
The association between worksite social support, diet, physical activity and body mass index.. Preventive medicine. 53(1-2):53-6.. 2011.
Exploring the role of co-worker social support on health care utilization and sickness absence.. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(7):751-7.. 2011.