M. Patricia Fabian, ScD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MS, University of Colorado Boulder

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Fabian’s research combines expertise in housing, indoor air, respiratory infectious disease transmission, geographical information systems (GIS), and systems science thinking. In the Center for Research on Environmental & Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH) her research group constructed large geospatial databases to understand environmental health disparities related to air pollution and urban heat exposures, which are now are being applied to understand community risk factors of Covid-19 transmission. She is currently co-leading a study of heat exposure and heat vulnerability in the cities of Chelsea and East Boston (C-HEAT), applying mixed methods to understand risk factors and to support the design of climate adaptation interventions at individual, household, community, and city levels. Her research group built the first systems science model linking housing, indoor air quality, and energy use with individual, housing, and neighborhood characteristics to understand tradeoffs and interventions related to pediatric asthma (ASTHMA). Combined with expertise in respiratory virus particle generation, these models are being used to understand transmission of Covid-19 and other infectious respiratory diseases in homes and other buildings, focusing on the impact of built environment interventions on transmission, indoor air quality, and energy use.

Asthma Simulation Tool for Housing, Medication and Social Adversity (ASTHMA)
08/01/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

To support research on extreme heat impacts and interventions in Chelsea and East Boston
12/20/2019 - 06/20/2022 (PI)
Barr Foundation, Inc.


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  1. Yitshak-Sade M, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Kloog I, Hart JE, Davis B, Fong KC, Schwartz JD, Laden F, Zanobetti A. Race or racial segregation? Modification of the PM2.5 and cardiovascular mortality association. PLoS One. 2020; 15(7):e0236479.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32716950
  2. Fong KC, Yitshak-Sade M, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Kloog I, Schwartz JD, Coull BA, Koutrakis P, Hart JE, Laden F, Zanobetti A. Racial Disparities in Associations between Neighborhood Demographic Polarization and Birth Weight. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 04 28; 17(9).View Related Profiles. PMID: 32354151
  3. Rosofsky AS, Fabian MP, Ettinger de Cuba S, Sandel M, Coleman S, Levy JI, Coull BA, Hart JE, Zanobetti A. Prenatal Ambient Particulate Matter Exposure and Longitudinal Weight Growth Trajectories in Early Childhood. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 02 24; 17(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 32102302
  4. Aschengrau A, Winter MR, Gallagher LG, Vieira VM, Butler LJ, Fabian MP, Carwile JL, Wesselink AK, Mahalingaiah S, Janulewicz PA, Weinberg JM, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. Reproductive and developmental health effects of prenatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2020 Mar 01; 22(3):555-566.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32051987
  5. Underhill LJ, Dols WS, Lee SK, Fabian MP, Levy JI. Quantifying the impact of housing interventions on indoor air quality and energy consumption using coupled simulation models. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2020 May; 30(3):436-447.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31959901
  6. Underhill LJ, Milando D, Dols WS, Levy JI, Fabian MP . Simulated costs of changes in indoor air quality and emissions due to energy-efficient retrofits in multi-family housing: an application in Boston, MA. Building and Environment. 2019; (in press).
  7. Rhee J, Fabian MP, Ettinger de Cuba S, Coleman S, Sandel M, Lane KJ, Yitshak Sade M, Hart JE, Schwartz J, Kloog I, Laden F, Levy JI, Zanobetti A. Effects of Maternal Homelessness, Supplemental Nutrition Programs, and Prenatal PM2.5 on Birthweight. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 10 28; 16(21).View Related Profiles. PMID: 31661898
  8. Butler L, Gallagher L, Winter M, Fabian MP, Wesselink A, Aschengrau A. Residential proximity to roadways and placental-associated stillbirth: a case-control study. Int J Environ Health Res. 2019 Oct 06; 1-10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31587563
  9. Petropoulos ZE, Levy JI, Scammell MK, Fabian MP. Characterizing community-wide housing attributes using georeferenced street-level photography. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2020 03; 30(2):299-308.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31548622
  10. Khalili R, Bartell SM, Levy JI, Fabian MP, Korrick S, Vieira VM. Using Birth Cohort Data to Estimate Prenatal Chemical Exposures for All Births around the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site in Massachusetts. Environ Health Perspect. 2019 08; 127(8):87008.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31449464
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