• Patricia Fabian

    Patricia Fabian Dr. Fabian’s work applies a systems thinking lens to research problems of the built environment, indoor air quality, climate, health, and environmental health disparities. She co-directs a study of heat exposure and vulnerability in the cities of Chelsea and East Boston, using mixed methods to understand risk factors and support the design of climate adaptation and mitigation interventions at the individual, household, community, and city levels. She is the site PI for the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. Her projects are highly interdisciplinary and leverage big data at many scales, including electronic health records, remote sensing data, and geospatial databases of social and environmental determinants of health. Her research group built the first systems science model linking housing, indoor air quality, energy use, and health. This model is being used to evaluate energy-health tradeoffs of interventions to reduce Covid-19 transmission in buildings, quantify the energy-indoor air quality tradeoffs of decarbonization initiatives in current and future climates, and to quantify housing, greenspace, and neighborhood interventions on asthma outcomes. Profile

  • Jonathan Levy

    Professor and Chair of Environmental Health

    Jonathan Levy Jonathan Levy is a professor and chair of environmental health at BUSPH. Dr. Levy's research centers on urban environmental exposure and health risk modeling, with an emphasis on spatiotemporal exposure patterns and related environmental justice issues. Recent and ongoing research topics include evaluating spatial patterns of air pollution in complex urban terrain, developing methods to quantify the magnitude and distribution of health benefits associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, using systems science approaches to evaluate the benefits of housing interventions on pediatric asthma, and developing methods for community-based cumulative risk assessment that includes chemical and non-chemical stressors. He co-directs the Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH), which involves interdisciplinary research activities connecting environmental epidemiology, exposure science, and health disparities modeling, with a focus on the indoor environment and community-engaged research. He has been a member of several National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Science for EPA's Future, the Committee on Health Impact Assessment, and the Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used by the US Environmental Protection Agency. He also served on the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, which provided guidance to EPA on the impact of the Clean Air Act on health, the economy, and the environment. Profile

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