M. Fabian
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M. Patricia Fabian, ScD

Associate Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health

Biography

Dr. Fabian’s research combines expertise in housing, indoor air, respiratory infectious disease transmission, geographical information systems (GIS), and systems science thinking. In the Center for Research on Environmental & Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH) her research group constructed large geospatial databases to understand environmental health disparities related to air pollution and urban heat exposures, which are now are being applied to understand community risk factors of Covid-19 transmission. She is currently co-directing a study of heat exposure and heat vulnerability in the cities of Chelsea and East Boston (C-HEAT), applying mixed methods to understand risk factors and to support the design of climate adaptation interventions at individual, household, community, and city levels. Her research group built the first systems science model linking housing, indoor air quality, and energy use with individual, housing, and neighborhood characteristics to understand tradeoffs and interventions related to pediatric asthma (ASTHMA). Combined with expertise in respiratory virus particle generation, these models are being used to understand transmission of Covid-19 and other infectious respiratory diseases in homes and other buildings, focusing on the impact of built environment interventions on transmission, indoor air quality, and energy use.

Education

  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • University of Colorado Boulder, MS Field of Study: Environmental Engineering
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey, BS Field of Study: Industrial Engineering

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH811

Publications

  • Published on 7/16/2021

    Tieskens KF, Patil P, Levy JI, Brochu P, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Carnes F, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Leibler JH. Time-varying associations between COVID-19 case incidence and community-level sociodemographic, occupational, environmental, and mobility risk factors in Massachusetts. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 16; 21(1):686. PMID: 34271870.

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  • Published on 4/6/2021

    Milando CW, Yitshak-Sade M, Zanobetti A, Levy JI, Laden F, Fabian MP. Modeling the impact of exposure reductions using multi-stressor epidemiology, exposure models, and synthetic microdata: an application to birthweight in two environmental justice communities. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 05; 31(3):442-453. PMID: 33824415.

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  • Published on 2/17/2021

    Tieskens K, Patil P, Levy JI, Brochu P, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Carnes F, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Leibler JH. Time-varying associations between COVID-19 case incidence and community-level sociodemographic, occupational, environmental, and mobility risk factors in Massachusetts. Res Sq. 2021 Feb 17. PMID: 33619475.

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  • Published on 2/14/2021

    Tieskens KF, Milando CW, Underhill LJ, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. The impact of energy retrofits on pediatric asthma exacerbation in a Boston multi-family housing complex: a systems science approach. Environ Health. 2021 02 14; 20(1):14. PMID: 33583411.

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  • Published on 12/15/2020

    Peer K, Adams WG, Legler A, Sandel M, Levy JI, Boynton-Jarrett R, Kim C, Leibler JH, Fabian MP. Developing and evaluating a pediatric asthma severity computable phenotype derived from electronic health records. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2021 Jun; 147(6):2162-2170. PMID: 33338540.

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  • Published on 11/27/2020

    Yitshak-Sade M, Fabian MP, Lane KJ, Hart JE, Schwartz JD, Laden F, James P, Fong KC, Kloog I, Zanobetti A. Estimating the Combined Effects of Natural and Built Environmental Exposures on Birthweight among Urban Residents in Massachusetts. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 11 27; 17(23). PMID: 33260804.

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  • Published on 10/27/2020

    Vieira VM, Levy JI, Fabian MP, Korrick S. Assessing the relation of chemical and non-chemical stressors with risk-taking related behavior and adaptive individual attributes among adolescents living near the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site. Environ Int. 2021 01; 146:106199. PMID: 33126063.

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  • Published on 7/27/2020

    Yitshak-Sade M, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Kloog I, Hart JE, Davis B, Fong KC, Schwartz JD, Laden F, Zanobetti A. Race or racial segregation? Modification of the PM2.5 and cardiovascular mortality association. PLoS One. 2020; 15(7):e0236479. PMID: 32716950.

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  • Published on 4/28/2020

    Fong KC, Yitshak-Sade M, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Kloog I, Schwartz JD, Coull BA, Koutrakis P, Hart JE, Laden F, Zanobetti A. Racial Disparities in Associations between Neighborhood Demographic Polarization and Birth Weight. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 04 28; 17(9). PMID: 32354151.

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  • Published on 2/24/2020

    Rosofsky AS, Fabian MP, Ettinger de Cuba S, Sandel M, Coleman S, Levy JI, Coull BA, Hart JE, Zanobetti A. Prenatal Ambient Particulate Matter Exposure and Longitudinal Weight Growth Trajectories in Early Childhood. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 02 24; 17(4). PMID: 32102302.

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