Last Name

M. Patricia Fabian, ScD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentEnvironmental Health
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-4731
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-1658-3349
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Fabian combines her expertise in environmental health, environmental engineering, systems science, and geographical information systems (GIS) to study multi-stressor public health problems. She is currently a project lead in the Center for Research on Environmental & Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH), applying geographical information systems (GIS) and spatial analytical methods to quantify and describe environmental health disparities across Massachusetts communities, and building cumulative risk models across the life course.
Ongoing projects include developing systems science models linking housing, lung function, and asthma outcomes; constructing land use regression models to estimate historical air pollution exposure; developing cumulative exposure models at a Superfund site; and applying spatial statistical methods to study the combined effect of chemical and non-chemical exposures on pediatric neurodevelopmental outcomes.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • geographical information systems (GIS)
  • systems science
  • cumulative risk assessment
  • indoor air quality
  • air pollution
  • aerobiology
  • exposure assessment
  • respiratory infectious disease transmission
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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  1. Vieira VM, Fabian MP, Webster TF, Levy JI, Korrick SA. Spatial variability in ADHD-related behaviors among children born to mothers residing near the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2016; (in press).
  2. Fabian MP, Lee SK, Underhill LJ, Vermeer K, Adamkiewicz G, Levy JI. Modeling Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Infiltration in Low-Income Multifamily Housing before and after Building Energy Retrofits. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Mar 16; 13(3). PMID: 26999174.
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  3. Peters JL, Fabian MP, Levy JI. Combined impact of lead, cadmium, polychlorinated biphenyls and non-chemical risk factors on blood pressure in NHANES. Environ Res. 2014 Jul; 132:93-9. PMID: 24747555.
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  4. Levy JI, Fabian MP, Peters JL. Meta-Analytic Approaches for Multistressor Dose-Response Function Development: Strengths, Limitations, and Case Studies. Risk Anal. 2015 Jun; 35(6):1040-9. PMID: 24724810.
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  5. Levy JI, Fabian MP, Peters JL. Community-wide health risk assessment using geographically resolved demographic data: a synthetic population approach. PLoS One. 2014; 9(1):e87144. PMID: 24489855.
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  6. Fabian MP, Adamkiewicz G, Stout NK, Sandel M, Levy JI. A simulation model of building intervention impacts on indoor environmental quality, pediatric asthma, and costs. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Jan; 133(1):77-84. PMID: 23910689.
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  7. Milton DK, Fabian MP, Cowling BJ, Grantham ML, McDevitt JJ. Influenza virus aerosols in human exhaled breath: particle size, culturability, and effect of surgical masks. PLoS Pathog. 2013 Mar; 9(3):e1003205. PMID: 23505369.
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  8. McDevitt JJ, Koutrakis P, Ferguson ST, Wolfson JM, Fabian MP, Martins M, Pantelic J, Milton DK. Development and Performance Evaluation of an Exhaled-Breath Bioaerosol Collector for Influenza Virus. Aerosol Sci Technol. 2013 Jan 01; 47(4):444-451. PMID: 23418400.
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  9. Fabian MP, Stout NK, Adamkiewicz G, Geggel A, Ren C, Sandel M, Levy JI. The effects of indoor environmental exposures on pediatric asthma: a discrete event simulation model. Environ Health. 2012; 11:66. PMID: 22989068.
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  10. McKenzie JH, McDevitt JJ, Fabian MP, Hwang GM, Milton DK. Collection of aerosolized human cytokines using TeflonĀ® filters. PLoS One. 2012; 7(5):e35814. PMID: 22574123.
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  11. Fabian P, Adamkiewicz G, Levy JI. Simulating indoor concentrations of NO(2) and PM(2.5) in multifamily housing for use in health-based intervention modeling. Indoor Air. 2012 Feb; 22(1):12-23. PMID: 21913994.
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  12. Adamkiewicz G, Zota AR, Fabian MP, Chahine T, Julien R, Spengler JD, Levy JI. Moving environmental justice indoors: understanding structural influences on residential exposure patterns in low-income communities. Am J Public Health. 2011 Dec; 101 Suppl 1:S238-45. PMID: 21836112.
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  13. Fabian P, Brain J, Houseman EA, Gern J, Milton DK. Origin of exhaled breath particles from healthy and human rhinovirus-infected subjects. J Aerosol Med Pulm Drug Deliv. 2011 Jun; 24(3):137-47. PMID: 21361786.
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  14. Myatt TA, Kaufman MH, Allen JG, MacIntosh DL, Fabian MP, McDevitt JJ. Modeling the airborne survival of influenza virus in a residential setting: the impacts of home humidification. Environ Health. 2010; 9:55. PMID: 20815876.
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  15. Vukotich CJ, Coulborn RM, Aragon TJ, Baker MG, Burrus BB, Aiello AE, Cowling BJ, Duncan A, Enanoria W, Fabian MP, Ferng YH, Larson EL, Leung GM, Markel H, Milton DK, Monto AS, Morse SS, Navarro JA, Park SY, Priest P, Stebbins S, Stern AM, Uddin M, Wetterhall SF. Findings, gaps, and future direction for research in nonpharmaceutical interventions for pandemic influenza. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Apr; 16(4):e2. PMID: 20350370.
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  16. Aiello AE, Coulborn RM, Aragon TJ, Baker MG, Burrus BB, Cowling BJ, Duncan A, Enanoria W, Fabian MP, Ferng YH, Larson EL, Leung GM, Markel H, Milton DK, Monto AS, Morse SS, Navarro JA, Park SY, Priest P, Stebbins S, Stern AM, Uddin M, Wetterhall SF, Vukotich CJ. Research findings from nonpharmaceutical intervention studies for pandemic influenza and current gaps in the research. Am J Infect Control. 2010 May; 38(4):251-8. PMID: 20226569.
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  17. Fabian P, McDevitt JJ, Houseman EA, Milton DK. Airborne influenza virus detection with four aerosol samplers using molecular and infectivity assays: considerations for a new infectious virus aerosol sampler. Indoor Air. 2009 Oct; 19(5):433-41. PMID: 19689447.
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  18. Fabian P, McDevitt JJ, Lee WM, Houseman EA, Milton DK. An optimized method to detect influenza virus and human rhinovirus from exhaled breath and the airborne environment. J Environ Monit. 2009 Feb; 11(2):314-7. PMID: 19212587.
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  19. Fabian P, McDevitt JJ, DeHaan WH, Fung RO, Cowling BJ, Chan KH, Leung GM, Milton DK. Influenza virus in human exhaled breath: an observational study. PLoS One. 2008; 3(7):e2691. PMID: 18628983.
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  20. M Patricia FabianJames McDevitt Donald K Milton. Modes of transmission of respiratory viral infections. Exacerbations of Asthma. Informa Healthcare. London. 2007.
  21. M.P. FabianS.L. MillerT . ReponenM.T . Hernandez. Ambient bioaerosol indices for indoor air quality assessments. Journal of Aerosol Science. 2005; 36:763-783.
  22. Peng Xu, Jordan Peccia, Patricia Fabian, John W. Martyny, Kevin P. Fennelly, Mark Hernandez, Shelly L. Miller . Efficacy of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation of upper-room air in inactivating airborne bacterial spores and mycobacteria in full-scale studies. Atmospheric Environment. 2003; 37:405-419.
  23. M. P. FabianT. ReponenS.L. MillerM.T. Hernandez. Total and culturable airborne bacteria and fungi in arid region flood-damaged residences. Journal of Aerosol Science. 2000; 31(Suppl 1):S35-S36.
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