Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Research

Vice Chair

Faculty Affairs and Academic Programs


Education and Training

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, MPH, Epidemiology
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, DrPH, Epidemiology

Areas of Interest

My interests center on the impact of reproductive impairment on long-term health in women. Specifically, I have focused on the association between polycystic ovary syndrome and cardiovascular disease risk. Looking to the future, my interest is in developing strategies that could be introduced into clinical practice that would result in improved long-term health for women.

Awards and Honors

• Excellence in Teaching Award: Research, 2014, 2016
• Emory Excellence Through Leadership Program, 2008-2009
• Student Honoree, 27th Annual Honors Convocation, University of Pittsburgh, February 28, 2003
• Janet W. McArthur Travel Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, Women in Endocrinology for work presented at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, San Francisco, CA, June 18th–22nd, 2002

Society and Professional Memberships

• Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
• American Public Health Association


Peer-Reviewed Research Articles

Lindsay MK, Goodman D, Csukas S, Cota P, Loucks TL, Ellis JE; Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Committee. Partnering of Public, Academic, and Private Entities to Reestablish Maternal Mortality Review in Georgia. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Aug 4. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002204. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28796689

Kawwass JF, Sanders KM, Loucks TL, Rohan LC, Berga SL. Increased cerebrospinal fluid levels of GABA, testosterone and estradiol in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Hum Reprod. 2017 Apr 27:1-7. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex086. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28453773

Platner M, Loucks TL, Lindsay MK, Ellis JE. Pregnancy-Associated Deaths in Rural, Nonrural and Metropolitan Areas of Georgia. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jun 7. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27275792

Pennycuff JF, Northington GM, Loucks T, Suciu G, Karp DR. Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury as a Quality Metric: 16-Year Experience at a Single Institution. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar;127(3):496-500. Doi:10.1097/AOG .0000000000001199. PMID: 26855095

Krishna I, Badell M, Loucks TL, Lindsay M, Samuel A. Adverse perinatal outcomes are more frequent in pregnancies with a low fetal fraction result on noninvasive prenatal testing. Prenat Diagn. 2016 Mar;36(3):210-5. doi: 10.1002/pd.4779. PMID: 26783737

Hudson CO, Karp DR, Loucks TL, Northington GM. Apical Suspension at the Time of Hysterectomy for Uterovaginal Prolapse: A Comparative Analysis of 2001 and 2011. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Nov-Dec; 21(6):343-347. PMID: 26506163

Burnett E, Loucks TL, Lindsay M. Perinatal Outcomes in HIV Positive Pregnant Women with Concomitant Sexually Transmitted Infections. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2015;2015:508482. Epub 2015 Mar 31. PMID 25918481

Hipp H, Loucks TL, Nezhat C, Sidell N, Session DR. Anti- Müllerian Hormone in Peritoneal Fluid and Plasma From Women With and Without Endometriosis. Reprod Sci. 2015 Mar 29. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25824010

Garringer J, Niyonkuru C, McCullough E, Loucks TL, Dixon CE, Conley YP, Berga S, Wagner AK M D. Impact of Aromatase Genetic Variation on Hormone Levels and Global Outcome after Severe TBI. J Neurotrauma. 2013 Mar 29. [Epub ahead of print]

Michopoulos V, Mancini F, Loucks TL, Berga SL.  Neuroendocrine recovery initiated by cognitive behavioral therapy in women with functional hypothalamic amenorrhea: a randomized controlled trial. Fertil Steril. 2013 Mar 16. [Epub ahead of print]

McCullough EH, Niyonkuru C, Brett C, Loucks TL, Dixon CE, Fabio A, Berga SL, Ricker JH, Wagner AK.  Hormonal Influence on Cognitive Status, Quality of Life and Depression after Traumatic Brain Injury, submiteed J of Neurotrauma, 2012.

Wagner AK, Brett CA, McCullough EH, Niyonkuru C, Loucks TL, Dixon CE, Ricker J, Arenth P, Berga SL. Persistent hypogonadism influences estradiol synthesis, cognition and outcome in males after severe TBI. Brain Inj. 2012;26(10):1226-42.

Hillman JB, Dorn LD, Loucks TL, Berga SL.  Obesity and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in adolescent females, Metabolism. 2012 Mar;61(3):341-8.

Moses-Kolko EL, Price JC, Shah N, Berga S, Sereika S, Fisher PM, Coleman R, Becker C, Mason NS, Loucks T, Meltzer CC. Age, sex, and reproductive hormone effects on brain serotonin-1A and serotonin-2A receptor binding in a healthy population. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 Dec;36(13):2729-40.

Tissot A, Dorn LD, Rose SR, Sontag LM, Jillard SL, Witchel SF, Berga SL, Loucks TL, Beers SR.  Neuropsychological functioning in premature adrenarche, J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2011 Nov 24:1-6.

Wagner AK, McCullough EH, Niyonkuru C, Ozawa H, Loucks TL, Dobos J, Brett CA, Zagadailoc P, Dison E, Berga SL, Fabio A. Acute serum hormone levels: characterization and prognosis after severe traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2011 Jun;28(6):871-88.

Kucherov A, Polotsky AJ, Menke M, Isaac B, McAvey B, Buyuk E, Bradford A, Hickmon C, Babbs B,  Berga S, Loucks T, Santoro N.  Aromatase Inhibition Causes Increased Amplitude, but not Frequency, of Hypothalamic-Pituitary Output in Normal Women. Fertil Steril. 2011 May;95(6):2063-6.

Michopoulos V, Loucks, T, Berga SL, Rivier J, Wilson ME.  Increased ghrelin sensitivity and caloric consumption in subordinate monkeys is affected by short-term astressin B administration.  Endocrinology, 2010 Oct;38(2):227-34.

Dorn LD, Rose SR, Rotenstein RD, Susman EJ, Huang B, Loucks TL, Berga SL.  Differences in endocrine parameters and psychopathology in girls with premature adrenarche versus on-time adrenarche. J Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism 2008;21:439-448.

Moses-Kolko EL, Wisner KL, Price JC, Berga SL, Drevets WC, Hanusa BH, Loucks TL, Meltzer CC. Serotonin 1A receptor reductions in postpartum depression: a positron emission tomography study. Fertil Steril, 2008;89:685-92.

Abt JP, Sell TC, Laudner K, McCrory JL, Berga SL, Loucks TL, Lephart SM.  Variations in neuromuscular characteristics throughout the menstrual cycle.  Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc, 2007;15:901-907.

Jain A, Polotsky A, Rochester D, Berga S, Loucks T, Zeitlan G, Gibbs K, Goodman E, Polotsky H, Feng S, Isaac B, Santoro N.  The reproductive phenotype of obesity: evidence for decreased central pituitary reproductive drive. JCEM, 2007;92:2468-73.

Dorn LD, Lucke JF, Loucks TL, Berga SL.  Salivary cortisol reflects serum cortisol: analysis of circadian profiles.  Ann Clin Biochem, 2007;44:281-84.

Brundu B, Loucks TL, Adler LJ, Cameron JL, Berga SL. Increased cortisol in the cerebrospinal fluid of women with functional hypothalamic amenorrhea. JCEM, 2006;91:1561-65.

Mancini F, Loucks TL, Cameron JL, Berga SL.  Sex steroid milieu does not alter the impact of fasting on leptin levels in women.  Fertil Steril, 2005;84:1768-71.

Berga SL, Marcus MD, Loucks TL, Hlastala S, Ringham R, Krohn MA.  Recovery of ovarian activity in women with functional hypothalamic amenorrhea (FHA) treated with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).  Fertil Steril, 2003;80:976-81.

Marcus MD, Loucks TL, Berga SL.  Psychological correlates of functional hypothalamic amenorrhea.  Fertil Steril 2001;76:310-316.

Berga SL, Loucks TL, Cameron JL.  Endocrine and chronobiological effects of fasting in women. Fertil Steril 2001;75:926-932.

Moses EL, Drevets WC, Smith G, Mathis CA, Kalro BN, Butters MA, Leondires MP, Greer PJ, Lopresti B, Loucks TL, Berga SL.  Effects of Estradiol and Progesterone Administration on Human Serotonin 2A Receptor Binding: A PET study.  Biol Psychiatry, 48:854-860, 2000.

Loucks TL, Talbott EO, McHugh KP, Keelan M, Berga SL, Guzick DS.  Do Polycystic Appearing Ovaries Affect Cardiovascular Risk in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)? Fertil Steril, 74:547-552, 2000.

Berga SL, Loucks-Daniels T, Adler L, Chrousos GP, Cameron J, Matthews K, Marcus M.  Cerebrospinal Fluid Levels of Corticotropin-Releasing hormone Levels in Women with Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. Am J Obstetrics & Gynecology, 182:776-84, 2000.

Talbott E, Clerici A, Berga S, Kueller L, Guzick D, Detre K, Daniels T, Enberg R.  Adverse Lipid and Coronary Heart Disease in Young Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Results of a Case-Control Study.  J Clin Epidemiol 51:415-422, 1998.

Daniels TL, Berga SL.  Resistance of Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Drive to Sex Steroid-Induced Suppression in Hyperandrogenic Anovulation.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab 82:4179-83, 1997.

Berga SL, Daniels TL, Giles DE.  Women with Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea but Not Other Forms of Anovulation Display Amplified Cortisol Concentrations.  Fertil Steril 67:1024-30, 1997.

Berga SL, Daniels TL.  Use of the Laboratory in Disorders of Reproductive Neuroendocrinology.  J Clin Immunoassay 14:23-28, 1991.

Gaffney EV, Loucks TL, Kendall ME.  Quantitation of IL-1 Secretion from Individual Cells.  Biotechniques 6:862-65, 1988.

Gaffney EV, Koch G, Tsai S-C, Loucks TL, Lingenfelter SE.  Correlation Between Human Cell Growth Response to Interleukin-1 and Receptor Binding.  Cancer Research 48:5455-59, 1988.

Book Chapters

Berga SL, Daniels TL, Hoffman GE, Kalro BN, Hill LM, McCarty KS, Sumpkin J, Federle MP.  Secondary Amenorrhea.  In: Atlas of Clinical Gynecology Volume III Reproductive Endocrinology. Stenchever M, editor-in-chief, Mishell D, volume editor, Reproductive Endocrinology, 1998.

McGee EA, Loucks TL. Ovarian Diseases. In: Patterson C, Runge MS (eds). Principles of Molecular Medicine 2nd edition, Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 2006, Chapter 46, pp 495-510.

Park JK, Loucks TL, Bega SL.  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  In: Falcone & Hurd (eds).  Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Elsevier Science, Philadelphia, PA. Chapter 15, pp217-231, 2007.

Berga SL, Loucks TL. Stress-Induced Anovulation. In: Fink, McEwen, (eds). Encyclopedia of Stress, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Academic Press, Kidlington, Oxford, UK.  Vol 3, pp 615-631, 2007.

Ditzen B, Loucks TL, Berga SL.  The Role of Stress in Infertility.  In: Weil (series ed) and Maizes & Low Dog (eds). The Integrative Medicine Library, Integrative Women’s Health, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.  Chapter 16, pp 250-270, 2010.

Loucks TL, Berga SL.  Clinical Implications of Prolonged Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. In: Neal-Perry, G and Santoro, N (ed), Amenorrhea: A Case-Based Clinical Guide. Humana Press, Part III, Chapter 10, pp 171-186, 2010.