Elaine D. Eaker, ScD
Dr. Eaker is President and Chief Scientist of Eaker Epidemiology Enterprises, LLC. She holds a Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. Prior to developing TalkToYourDoc, Dr. Eaker was a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health where her responsibilities included working with the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences to develop a curriculum and research program in women's health. Previously, she was a Senior Epidemiologist at the Marshfield Medical Research and Education Foundation, a division of Marshfield Clinic. Dr. Eaker has over twenty years of experience conducting population-based epidemiologic studies, community health education research, and clinical epidemiology. She is an expert in women's health, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and community interventions for prevention of chronic disease. Dr. Eaker has been awarded grants to conduct research on breast and cervical cancer screening, epidemiology of atrial fibrillation and ectopic atrial tachycardia, Alzheimer's disease and medical care utilization, evaluation of a telemedicine project in northern Wisconsin, the effect of HRT on the risk of coronary heart disease in women, and the study of risk factors for heart disease in farm resident compared to nonfarm resident women. She is also recognized as an authority on the measurement of psychological and social characteristics in population-based epidemiologic research.
Dr. Eaker was previously employed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was the Chief of the Cardiovascular Health Branch, the Assistant Director for Science in the Division of Chronic Disease Control and Health Promotion, and the Associate Director of Science in the Division of Surveillance and Epidemiology. While at CDC, Dr. Eaker founded and chaired the Behavioral Science Working Group, a group of over 250 behavioral scientists representing all programs at the CDC. Prior to her CDC position, Dr. Eaker was an epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute where she worked extensively with the Framingham Heart Study. Dr. Eaker has published numerous papers on risk factors for coronary heart disease in both men and women with particular emphasis on social and psychological characteristics. She has also published extensively in the area of women's health. Dr. Eaker has served on the American Heart Association (AHA) National Research Committee, the AHA National Research Program and Evaluation Committee, the Executive Board of the Epidemiology and Prevention Council of the American Heart Association, and for five years chaired the Behavioral Science, Epidemiology and Prevention Study Committee for the National AHA.