Rachel Nethery
Primary Faculty

Rachel Nethery

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics




I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The primary aim of my research is to develop statistical methods that enable maximally rigorous and impactful uses of data to answer environmental health questions. In particular, my recent work centers on the following topics:

(1) Methods for estimation of the health impacts of complex, nationwide environmental regulations
(2) Integration of causal inference principles and methods into epidemiological cancer cluster analyses
(3) New causal inference approaches for studying the effects of environmental exposures on childhood cancer
(4) Methods for studying the impacts of climate, heat, and natural disasters on health and predicting the health impacts of future extreme climate events

Beyond causal inference, my methodological research interests include machine learning, Bayesian methods, latent variable models, spatial statistics, and time series analysis. I have applied these methods to investigate scientific questions not only in environmental health contexts but also in reproductive epidemiology, neuroimaging, social science, and cell biology.



Clearing the air

Rachel Nethery, assistant professor of biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, uses her quantitative skills to tackle big questions in environmental health.