College of Public Health

Helen Chin, PhD


PhD, Epidemiology, Emory University

Key Interests
Minipuberty | Women’s Health | Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals | Polycystic Ovary Syndrome | Hirsutism
Phone: 703-993-5388 | Email:

Research Focus

My research focus is centered around investigating factors that adversely affect the reproductive health of women and girls, as well as their offspring. Currently, I am studying how endocrine- disrupting exposures that occur naturally through diet or from use of consumer products affect ovarian development and function. I am interested in studying the association from the minipuberty of infancy to the menopausal transition. My past research has included examining factors associated with not receiving fertility counseling among recently diagnosed cancer patients and the association between phthalates (found in personal care products and food packaging) and length of gestation and early pregnancy events.

Current Projects

■ Characterizing infant male reproductive hormone concentrations and associated anatomical responses

■ Characterizing polycystic ovary syndrome in reproductive-age African American women

■ Identifying patterns of reproductive hormone trajectories in infant girls

Select Publications

Chin, H. B. et al. (2020). Characterization of ovarian development in girls from birth to 9 months. Paediatr. Perinat. Epidemiol., 35(1), 75-82.

Upson, K. et al. (2019). Intrauterine, infant, and childhood factors and ovarian reserve in young African American women. J. Women’s Health, 28(12), 1711-1720.

Chin, H. B. et al. (2019). Association of urinary concentrations of phthalate metabolites and bisphenol a with early pregnancy endpoints. Environ. Res., 168, 254-260.

Chin, H. B. et al. (2016). Which female cancer patients fail to receive fertility counseling before treatment in the state of Georgia? Fertil. Steril, 106(7), 1763-1771.e1.


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