Veronica M Vieira, DSc
Adjunct Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

MS, Stanford University
DSc, Boston University School of Public Health



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.


Receptor-based Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity of Superfund Chemicals
09/20/2012 - 03/31/2016 (Co-PI)
PI: David H. Sherr, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Environmental
5P42ES007381-19

Spatial and Temporal Modeling of PM2.5 and Infant Morbidity
07/25/2011 - 04/30/2012 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental
1R01ES019897-01A1

A Temporal-Spatial Analysis of Breast Cancer in Upper Cape Cod, Massachusetts
09/30/2005 - 08/31/2007 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5 R03 CA119703 02




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2017 Spatiotemporal Analysis of Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Survival 5R01MD009697-02
2016 Spatiotemporal Analysis of Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Survival 1R01MD009697-01A1
2016 Project 2: Analyzing Patterns In Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 4P42ES007381-20-5769 314
2015 Spatial and Temporal Modeling of PM2.5 and Infant Morbidity 5R01ES019897-05 2
2015 Project 2: Analyzing Patterns In Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-19-5769 314
2014 Spatial and Temporal Modeling of PM2.5 and Infant Morbidity 5R01ES019897-04 2
2014 Project 2: Analyzing Patterns In Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-18-5769 314
2014 Project 2: Analyzing Patterns In Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 3P42ES007381-18S1-5769 314
2013 Spatial and Temporal Modeling of PM2.5 and Infant Morbidity 5R01ES019897-03 2
2013 Project 2: Analyzing Patterns In Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-17-5769 314
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  1. VoPham T, DuPré N, Tamimi RM, James P, Bertrand KA, Vieira V, Laden F, Hart JE. Environmental radon exposure and breast cancer risk in the Nurses'' Health Study II. Environ Health. 2017 Sep 07; 16(1):97.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28882148.
  2. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27513173.
  3. 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; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.08.019;.
  4. 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; PMCID: PMC4761513; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.01.011;.
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27325074; PMCID: PMC4916338; DOI: 10.1016/j.aogh.2016.01.013;.
  6. 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; PMCID: PMC4492869; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.05.022;.
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25889838; PMCID: PMC4397674; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-015-0021-z;.
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25850424; PMCID: PMC4478213; DOI: 10.1002/bdra.23375;.
  9. 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; PMCID: PMC4485540; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.01.045;.
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25454289; PMCID: PMC4255145; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2014.10.001;.
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