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Veronica M Vieira, DSc

TitleAdjunct Associate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentEnvironmental Health
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-4620
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Verónica Vieira is an environmental epidemiologist interested in spatial analysis methods and exposure modeling.  She earned a MS in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a DSc in Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health.  Dr. Vieira has an extensive knowledge of GIS, groundwater modeling, cluster detection methods, and on persistent environmental contaminants including tetrachloroethylene (PCE, a dry-cleaning solvent), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, a perfluorinated compound (PFC) involved in the manufacturing of Teflon), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs, a common class of flame retardants). As part of a multi-university community health project, Dr. Vieira collaborates on a large historical reconstruction of PFOA exposures among residents of the mid-Ohio valley to study potential health effects. These communities are located near a large chemical plant that emitted PFOA into the local air and water for several decades. Components of this work include improving methods for geocoding rural addresses using GIS and examining the relationship between PFOA serum levels and drinking water concentrations. Dr. Vieira is also the principal investigator of a new infant morbidity study that will examine the health effects of exposure to PM2.5 using remote sensing data. Her research also includes method development for spatial epidemiology such as disease mapping, cluster detection, and space-time interactions. Dr. Vieira is currently a researcher with the Boston University Superfund Research Program and collaborates with researchers at BUSPH, Harvard University, the University of Southern Denmark, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique in Rennes France, and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden to apply disease mapping to various health outcomes including cancer, birth outcomes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 Publications
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  1. Aschengrau A, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Janulewicz PA, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. No Association Between Unintentional Head Injuries and Early-Life Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-Contaminated Drinking Water. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Oct; 58(10):1040-1045. PMID: 27513173.
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  2. Avanasi R, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Bartell SM. Impacts of geocoding uncertainty on reconstructed PFOA exposures and their epidemiological association with preeclampsia. Environ Res. 2016 Nov; 151:505-512. PMID: 27567354.
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  3. Avanasi R, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Bartell SM. Variability and epistemic uncertainty in water ingestion rates and pharmacokinetic parameters, and impact on the association between perfluorooctanoate and preeclampsia in the C8 Health Project population. Environ Res. 2016 Apr; 146:299-307. PMID: 26796985.
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  4. Aschengrau A, Janulewicz PA, White RF, Vieira VM, Gallagher LG, Getz KD, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. Long-term Neurotoxic Effects of Early-life Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene-contaminated Drinking Water. Ann Glob Health. 2016 Jan-Feb; 82(1):169-79. PMID: 27325074.
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  5. Di Salvo F, Meneghini E, Vieira V, Baili P, Mariottini M, Baldini M, Micheli A, Sant M. Spatial variation in mortality risk for hematological malignancies near a petrochemical refinery: A population-based case-control study. Environ Res. 2015 Jul; 140:641-8. PMID: 26073202.
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  6. Aschengrau A, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, Janulewicz PA, Gallagher LG, Weinberg J, Ozonoff DM. Long-term health effects of early life exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2015; 14:36. PMID: 25889838.
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  7. Yazdy MM, Werler MM, Feldkamp ML, Shaw GM, Mosley BS, Vieira VM. Spatial analysis of gastroschisis in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Jun; 103(6):544-53. PMID: 25850424.
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  8. Bristow RE, Chang J, Ziogas A, Gillen DL, Bai L, Vieira VM. Spatial analysis of advanced-stage ovarian cancer mortality in California. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jul; 213(1):43.e1-8. PMID: 25644440.
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  9. Yazdy MM, Werler MM, Anderka M, Langlois PH, Vieira VM. Spatial analysis of gastroschisis in Massachusetts and Texas. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Jan; 25(1):7-14. PMID: 25454289.
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  10. Bristow RE, Chang J, Ziogas A, Anton-Culver H, Vieira VM. Spatial analysis of adherence to treatment guidelines for advanced-stage ovarian cancer and the impact of race and socioeconomic status. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Jul; 134(1):60-7. PMID: 24680770.
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  11. Hoffman K, Vieira VM, Daniels JL. Brief report: diminishing geographic variability in autism spectrum disorders over time? J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 Mar; 44(3):712-8. PMID: 23959585.
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  12. Watkins DJ, Josson J, Elston B, Bartell SM, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Savitz DA, Fletcher T, Wellenius GA. Exposure to perfluoroalkyl acids and markers of kidney function among children and adolescents living near a chemical plant. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 May; 121(5):625-30. PMID: 23482063.
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  13. Hoffman K, Kalkbrenner AE, Vieira VM, Daniels JL. The spatial distribution of known predictors of autism spectrum disorders impacts geographic variability in prevalence in central North Carolina. Environ Health. 2012; 11:80. PMID: 23113973.
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  14. Vieira VM, Weinberg JM, Webster TF. Individual-level space-time analyses of emergency department data using generalized additive modeling. BMC Public Health. 2012; 12:687. PMID: 22914047.
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  15. Getz KD, Janulewicz PA, Rowe S, Weinberg JM, Winter MR, Martin BR, Vieira VM, White RF, Aschengrau A. Prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene and adult vision. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Sep; 120(9):1327-32. PMID: 22784657.
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  16. Bliss R, Weinberg J, Webster T, Vieira V. Determining the Probability Distribution and Evaluating Sensitivity and False Positive Rate of a Confounder Detection Method Applied To Logistic Regression. J Biom Biostat. 2012 May 23; 3(4):142. PMID: 23420565.
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  17. Janulewicz PA, White RF, Martin BM, Winter MR, Weinberg JM, Vieira V, Aschengrau A. Adult neuropsychological performance following prenatal and early postnatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2012 May-Jun; 34(3):350-9. PMID: 22522125.
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  18. Savitz DA, Stein CR, Elston B, Wellenius GA, Bartell SM, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Fletcher T. Relationship of perfluorooctanoic acid exposure to pregnancy outcome based on birth records in the mid-Ohio Valley. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Aug; 120(8):1201-7. PMID: 22450153.
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  19. Aschengrau A, Weinberg JM, Janulewicz PA, Romano ME, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Martin BR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, White RF, Ozonoff DM. Occurrence of mental illness following prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2012; 11:2. PMID: 22264316.
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  20. Aschengrau A, Weinberg JM, Janulewicz PA, Romano ME, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Martin BR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, White RF, Ozonoff DM. Affinity for risky behaviors following prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2011; 10:102. PMID: 22136431.
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  21. Shin HM, Vieira VM, Ryan PB, Steenland K, Bartell SM. Retrospective exposure estimation and predicted versus observed serum perfluorooctanoic acid concentrations for participants in the C8 Health Project. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Dec; 119(12):1760-5. PMID: 21813367.
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  22. Gallagher LG, Vieira VM, Ozonoff D, Webster TF, Aschengrau A. Risk of breast cancer following exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water in Cape Cod, Massachusetts: reanalysis of a case-control study using a modified exposure assessment. Environ Health. 2011; 10:47. PMID: 21600013.
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  23. Shin HM, Vieira VM, Ryan PB, Detwiler R, Sanders B, Steenland K, Bartell SM. Environmental fate and transport modeling for perfluorooctanoic acid emitted from the Washington Works Facility in West Virginia. Environ Sci Technol. 2011 Feb 15; 45(4):1435-42. PMID: 21226527.
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  24. Young RL, Weinberg J, Vieira V, Ozonoff A, Webster TF. Generalized Additive Models and Inflated Type I Error Rates of Smoother Significance Tests. Comput Stat Data Anal. 2011 Jan 01; 55(1):366-374. PMID: 20948974.
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  25. Hoffman K, Webster TF, Bartell SM, Weisskopf MG, Fletcher T, Vieira VM. Private drinking water wells as a source of exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in communities surrounding a fluoropolymer production facility. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Jan; 119(1):92-7. PMID: 20920951.
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  26. Bliss RY, Weinberg J, Vieira V, Ozonoff A, Webster TF. Power of permutation tests using generalized additive models with bivariate smoothers. J Biom Biostat. 2010 Sep 12; 1(104). PMID: 21701694.
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  27. Young RL, Weinberg J, Vieira V, Ozonoff A, Webster TF. A power comparison of generalized additive models and the spatial scan statistic in a case-control setting. Int J Health Geogr. 2010; 9:37. PMID: 20642827.
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  28. Young RL, Weinberg J, Vieira V, Aschengrau A, Webster TF. A multilevel non-hierarchical study of birth weight and socioeconomic status. Int J Health Geogr. 2010; 9:36. PMID: 20618954.
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  29. Hoffman K, Webster TF, Weisskopf MG, Weinberg J, Vieira VM. Exposure to polyfluoroalkyl chemicals and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in U.S. children 12-15 years of age. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Dec; 118(12):1762-7. PMID: 20551004.
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  30. Vieira VM, Howard GJ, Gallagher LG, Fletcher T. Geocoding rural addresses in a community contaminated by PFOA: a comparison of methods. Environ Health. 2010; 9:18. PMID: 20406495.
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  31. Vieira VM, Hart JE, Webster TF, Weinberg J, Puett R, Laden F, Costenbader KH, Karlson EW. Association between residences in U.S. northern latitudes and rheumatoid arthritis: A spatial analysis of the Nurses' Health Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Jul; 118(7):957-61. PMID: 20338859.
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  32. Gallagher LG, Webster TF, Aschengrau A, Vieira VM. Using residential history and groundwater modeling to examine drinking water exposure and breast cancer. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Jun; 118(6):749-55. PMID: 20164002.
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  33. Hoffman K, Webster TF, Weinberg JM, Aschengrau A, Janulewicz PA, White RF, Vieira VM. Spatial analysis of learning and developmental disorders in upper Cape Cod, Massachusetts using generalized additive models. Int J Health Geogr. 2010; 9:7. PMID: 20152039.
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  34. Bliss RY, Weinberg J, Vieira VM, Ozonoff A, Webster TF. Power of Permutation Tests Using Generalized Additive Models with Bivariate Smoothers. J Biomet Biostat. 2010; 1:104.
  35. Aschengrau A, Weinberg JM, Janulewicz PA, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. Prenatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water and the risk of congenital anomalies: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2009; 8:44. PMID: 19778411.
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  36. Frisbee SJ, Brooks AP, Maher A, Flensborg P, Arnold S, Fletcher T, Steenland K, Shankar A, Knox SS, Pollard C, Halverson JA, Vieira VM, Jin C, Leyden KM, Ducatman AM. The C8 health project: design, methods, and participants. Environ Health Perspect. 2009 Dec; 117(12):1873-82. PMID: 20049206.
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  37. Steenland K, Jin C, MacNeil J, Lally C, Ducatman A, Vieira V, Fletcher T. Predictors of PFOA levels in a community surrounding a chemical plant. Environ Health Perspect. 2009 Jul; 117(7):1083-8. PMID: 19654917.
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  38. Vieira V, Webster T, Weinberg J, Aschengrau A. Spatial analysis of bladder, kidney, and pancreatic cancer on upper Cape Cod: an application of generalized additive models to case-control data. Environ Health. 2009; 8:3. PMID: 19208254.
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  39. Aschengrau A, Weinberg JM, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Vieira V, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene-Contaminated Drinking Water and the Risk of Pregnancy Loss. Water Qual Expo Health. 2009; 1(1):23-34.
  40. Aschengrau A, Weinberg JM, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene-Contaminated Drinking Water and the Risk of Pregnancy Loss. Water Qual Expo Health. 2009 Feb 01; 1(1):23-34. PMID: 20613966.
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  41. Vieira VM, Webster TF, Weinberg JM, Aschengrau A. Spatial-temporal analysis of breast cancer in upper Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Int J Health Geogr. 2008; 7:46. PMID: 18700963.
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  42. Aschengrau A, Weinberg J, Rogers S, Gallagher L, Winter M, Vieira V, Webster T, Ozonoff D. Prenatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water and the risk of adverse birth outcomes. Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Jun; 116(6):814-20. PMID: 18560539.
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  43. Janulewicz PA, White RF, Winter MR, Weinberg JM, Gallagher LE, Vieira V, Webster TF, Aschengrau A. Risk of learning and behavioral disorders following prenatal and early postnatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2008 May-Jun; 30(3):175-85. PMID: 18353612.
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  44. Webster T, Vieira V, Weinberg J, Aschengrau A. Method for mapping population-based case-control studies: an application using generalized additive models. Int J Health Geogr. 2006; 5:26. PMID: 16764727.
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  45. Ozonoff A, Webster T, Vieira V, Weinberg J, Ozonoff D, Aschengrau A. Cluster detection methods applied to the Upper Cape Cod cancer data. Environ Health. 2005; 4:19. PMID: 16164750.
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  46. Vieira V, Webster T, Weinberg J, Aschengrau A, Ozonoff D. Spatial analysis of lung, colorectal, and breast cancer on Cape Cod: an application of generalized additive models to case-control data. Environ Health. 2005; 4:11. PMID: 15955253.
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  47. Vieira V, Aschengrau A, Ozonoff D. Impact of tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water on the risk of breast cancer: using a dose model to assess exposure in a case-control study. Environ Health. 2005; 4(1):3. PMID: 15733317.
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