M. Fabian

M. Patricia Fabian, ScD

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


M. Patricia Fabian is an Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Health, Associate Director at the Institute for Global Sustainability at Boston University, and the Boston site PI for the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN). She co-directs a community engaged research study to build resilience to extreme heat in the environmental justice communities of Chelsea and East Boston, and is principal investigator of a systems science project linking housing, indoor air quality, energy consumption, and health, and an indoor air quality & sustainability project in Boston K-12 schools. Her research projects are interdisciplinary and leverage data at multiple scales, including remote sensing and exposure assessment data, electronic health records, and geospatial databases of social and environmental determinants of health (SDOH). Her research group has published over 100 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, and she has been quoted in multiple media outlets. Dr. Fabian was a Steering Committee member for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on the 80x50 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Study.


  • 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/Systems Engineering


  • Published on 8/2/2023

    Jimenez RB, Bozigar M, Janulewicz P, Lane KJ, Hutyra LR, Fabian MP. School Greenness and Student-Level Academic Performance: Evidence From the Global South. Geohealth. 2023 Aug; 7(8):e2023GH000830. PMID: 37538511.

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  • Published on 7/29/2023

    Haley BM, Patil P, Levy JI, Spangler KR, Tieskens KF, Carnes F, Peng X, Klevens RM, Troppy TS, Fabian MP, Lane KJ, Leibler JH. Evaluating COVID-19 Risk to Essential Workers by Occupational Group: A Case Study in Massachusetts. J Community Health. 2023 Jul 29. PMID: 37507525.

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  • Published on 2/21/2023

    Patil P, Peng X, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Tieskens KF, Lane KJ, Carnes F, Fabian MP, Klevens RM, Troppy TS, Leibler JH, Levy JI. Influence of geospatial resolution on sociodemographic predictors of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Ann Epidemiol. 2023 Apr; 80:62-68.e3. PMID: 36822278.

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  • Published on 12/10/2022

    Milando CW, Black-Ingersoll F, Heidari L, López-Hernández I, de Lange J, Negassa A, McIntyre AM, Martinez MPB, Bongiovanni R, Levy JI, Kinney PL, Scammell MK, Fabian MP. Mixed methods assessment of personal heat exposure, sleep, physical activity, and heat adaptation strategies among urban residents in the Boston area, MA. BMC Public Health. 2022 Dec 10; 22(1):2314. PMID: 36496371.

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  • Published on 10/24/2022

    Smith IA, Fabian MP, Hutyra LR. Urban green space and albedo impacts on surface temperature across seven United States cities. Sci Total Environ. 2023 Jan 20; 857(Pt 3):159663. PMID: 36302415.

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  • Published on 10/22/2022

    Carlson JM, Zanobetti A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Poblacion AP, Fabian PM, Carnes F, Rhee J, Lane KJ, Sandel MT, Janulewicz PA. Critical windows of susceptibility for the effects of prenatal exposure to heat and heat variability on gestational growth. Environ Res. 2023 Jan 01; 216(Pt 2):114607. PMID: 36279910.

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  • Published on 9/2/2022

    Spangler KR, Levy JI, Fabian MP, Haley BM, Carnes F, Patil P, Tieskens K, Klevens RM, Erdman EA, Troppy TS, Leibler JH, Lane KJ. Missing Race and Ethnicity Data among COVID-19 Cases in Massachusetts. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Aug; 10(4):2071-2080. PMID: 36056195.

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  • Published on 8/10/2022

    Evans L, Fabian MP, Charns MP, Gurewich D, Stopka TJ, Cabral HJ. Medicaid Expansion and Change in Federally Qualified Health Center Accessibility From 2008 to 2016. Med Care. 2022 10 01; 60(10):743-749. PMID: 35948346.

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  • Published on 7/9/2022

    Tieskens KF, Smith IA, Jimenez RB, Hutyra LR, Fabian MP. Mapping the gaps between cooling benefits of urban greenspace and population heat vulnerability. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Nov 01; 845:157283. PMID: 35820520.

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  • Published on 6/30/2022

    Bozigar M, Connolly CL, Legler A, Adams WG, Milando CW, Reynolds DB, Carnes F, Jimenez RB, Peer K, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. In-home environmental exposures predicted from geospatial characteristics of the built environment and electronic health records of children with asthma. Ann Epidemiol. 2022 Sep; 73:38-47. PMID: 35779709.

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