Susan Andrade, ScD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMass Medical School
Contact Information

Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Phone: 508-791-7392
Fax: 508-595-2200



1998        BS        University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

2004        ScD      Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA


Dr. Andrade's papers on Pubmed

Research and Teaching Interests

Susan E. Andrade, Sc.D. is a Senior Research Associate at the Meyers Primary Care Institute and a Research Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Andrade’s research interests include pharmacoepidemiology and health services research. A main focus of her research has been in the area of adherence to lipid-lowering drug therapies and use of prescription drugs in special populations including pregnant women, children, and the elderly. As site investigator in the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT) and lead investigator for the HMO Research Network CERT Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Epidemiology contract site, Dr. Andrade is involved in a number of multi-site studies evaluating prescription drug use among pregnant women and associated birth outcomes. Other research activities include studies evaluating adherence to medications used in the treatment of diabetes, hyperlipidemia, seizure disorders, and other chronic diseases. She has extensive expertise in the use of large automated health care databases for pharmacoepidemiologic research and in the study of adverse drug effects, drug adherence issues, and health services research.


pharmacoepidemiology, medication safety, health services research

Selected Publications


Andrade SE, Walker AM, Gottlieb LK, Hollenberg NK, Testa MA, Saperia GM, Platt R. Discontinuation of antihyperlipidemic drugs: Do rates reported in clinical trials reflect rates in primary care settings? N Engl J Med 1995;332:1125-1131. 


Andrade SE, Majumdar SR, Chan KA, Buist DSM, Go AS, Goodman M, Smith DH, Platt R, Gurwitz JH. Low frequency of treatment of osteoporosis among postmenopausal women following a fracture. Arch Intern Med 2003;163:2052-2057.


Andrade SE, Gurwitz JH, Davis RL, Chan KA, Finkelstein JA, Fortman K, McPhillips H, Raebel MA, Roblin D, Smith DH, Ulcickas Yood M, Morse AN, Platt R. Prescription drug use in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004;191:398-407.


Andrade SE, Kahler KH, Frech F, Chan KA. Methods for evaluation of medication adherence and persistence using automated databases. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2006;15:565-574.


Andrade SE, Raebel MA, Brown J, Lane K, Livingston J, Boudreau D, Rolnick SJ, Roblin D, Smith DH, Willy ME, Staffa JA, Platt R. Use of antidepressant medications during pregnancy: a multi-site study. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008;198:194.e1-5.


“Safe use of medications in vulnerable populations such as children, women during pregnancy, and older adults must be our priority”




Mailing Address
Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

425 North Lake Ave
Worcester, MA 01605
Tel: 508-791-7392
Fax: 508-595-2200