Principal Research Scientist
Department of Environmental Health
The area of my research interest focuses on the health consequences of exposure to air pollutants and climate change, and environmental health disparities.
My research interests are shaped by my background and training in both epidemiology and statistics, by developing and applying statistical methods for epidemiological investigations. My work has contributed substantially to our understanding of air pollution and climate change-mediated health impacts.
My research is focused on four main topics: (1) the impact of air pollution on mortality and morbidity in adults focusing on cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders; (2) the assessment of the health consequences of extreme temperatures and other weather parameters on mortality and morbidity, (3) the characterization of susceptibility, vulnerability, and environmental health disparities; and (4) children’s health. In so doing, my work leverages administrative health data, cohort data, sociodemographic and environmental data.
I am the Project Lead of the Health Effects Across the Life course (HEAL) study of the ongoing Center of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research (Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH)). The mission of the Center is to study environmental health disparities in low-income communities and throughout Massachusetts.
Ph.D.,1999, Department of Statistics, University of Florence, Italy