Monique Hedderson, PhD, is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She received her Master's in public health from the University of Washington in 2000 and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2005. Dr. Hedderson’s research interests lie principally, but not exclusively, in the field of maternal and child health. Her research portfolio investigates the influence of preconception, prenatal and early childhood exposures on maternal and child health. Specifically, she has sought to understand how potentially modifiable factors before and during early pregnancy contribute to the risk of metabolic complications in women during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as their children. Dr. Hedderson has a long-standing interest in developing innovative targeted prevention and treatment strategies for high risk populations, especially interventions among reproductive aged women that can be implemented into clinical practice. She is also interested in the pharmacogenetics of glycemic response to metformin among patients with type 2 diabetes. This area of research has the potential to inform data-driven prescribing and precision medicine for antidiabetic drug therapy.