M. Fabian

M. Patricia Fabian, ScD

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


M. Patricia Fabian is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Associate Director at the Institute for Global Sustainability. She founded the Sustainable Built Environment Lab which researches environmental health disparities and interventions in the built environment, with a focus on actionable research. She is co-principal investigator in the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), co-directs a community engaged research study to build resilience to extreme heat in environmental justice communities, and is principal investigator of several studies of indoor air quality, climate & sustainability in K-12 schools and low-income housing. A faculty affiliate of the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, she leads highly interdisciplinary teams that leverage big data including electronic health records, remote sensing, and geospatial databases of social and environmental determinants of health.

Dr. Fabian's research group has published over 100 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, and she has been quoted in multiple media outlets. She was a Steering Committee member for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on the 80x50 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Study and currently serves on the Massachusetts Climate Science Advisory Panel.


  • 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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH811


  • Published on 4/3/2024

    Khalili R, Legaspi JM, Fabian MP, Levy JI, Korrick SA, Vieira VM. Multiple Prenatal Exposures and Acute Care Clinical Encounters for Asthma among Children Born to Mothers Living near a Superfund Site. Am J Epidemiol. 2024 Apr 03. PMID: 38576180.

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  • Published on 11/30/2023

    McIntyre AM, Scammell MK, Botana Martinez MP, Heidari L, Negassa A, Bongiovanni R, Fabian MP. Facilitators and Barriers for Keeping Cool in an Urban Heat Island: Perspectives from Residents of an Environmental Justice Community. Environ Justice. 2023 Dec 01; 16(6):410-417. PMID: 38074853.

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  • Published on 11/10/2023

    Connolly CL, Milando CW, Vermeer K, Ashmore J, Carvalho L, Levy JI, Fabian MP. Simulating Energy Use, Indoor Temperatures, and Utility Cost Impacts Amidst a Warming Climate in a Multi-family Housing Model. J Urban Health. 2023 Dec; 100(6):1234-1245. PMID: 37947996.

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  • 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. 2024 Feb; 49(1):91-99. 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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