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
BS, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Pronouns: she/her/hers

M. Patricia Fabian is an Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Health and Associate Director at the Institute for Global Sustainability. She conducts research and teaching focused on health and environmental health disparities in the built environment, and built the first systems science model linking housing, indoor air quality, energy use, and health. She is the BU site PI for the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast and co-directs a study of heat exposure and vulnerability in the cities of Chelsea and East Boston. Her research is interdisciplinary and leverages large data at many scales, including electronic health records, remote sensing, and geospatial databases of social and environmental determinants of health (SDOH). Her research group has published over 100 articles and conference proceedings in the peer-reviewed literature. Dr. Fabian was a Steering Committee member for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on the 80x50 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Study.

Current research interests: quantifying the energy, indoor environmental quality and health tradeoffs of decarbonization initiatives in current and future climate, evaluating energy-health tradeoffs of interventions to reduce Covid-19 transmission in residential buildings and schools, and supporting the design of heat adaptation and mitigation interventions at the individual, household, community, and city levels through community engaged research.

Supporting Regional Implementation of Integrated Climate Resilience: Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Phase III
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2026 (Subcontract PI)
Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York Dept of Comm NOAA

Building response capacity to extreme heat exposure in Chelsea and East Boston
09/16/2022 - 09/16/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: M. Patricia Fabian, ScD
Barr Foundation, Inc.

Examining Home Environments and Asthma Interventions in the Tennessee Valley
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Three3, Inc. Dept of HUD

Asthma Simulation Tool for Housing, Medication and Social Adversity (ASTHMA)
08/01/2017 - 06/30/2023 (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 - 12/15/2022 (PI)
Barr Foundation, Inc.


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  1. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36496371; PMCID: PMC9739346; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-022-14692-7;
  2. 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; DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.159663;
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36279910; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114607;
  4. Evans L, Fabian MP, Charns MP, Gurewich D, Stopka TJ, Cabral HJ. Medicaid Expansion and Change in Federally Qualified Health Center Accessibility From 2008 to 2016. Med Care. 2022 10 01; 60(10):743-749.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35948346; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001762;
  5. Tieskens KF, Smith IA, Jimenez RB, Hutyra LR, Fabian MP. Mapping the gaps between cooling benefits of urban greenspace and population heat vulnerability. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Nov 01; 845:157283.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35820520
  6. Bozigar M, Connolly CL, Legler A, Adams WG, Milando CW, Reynolds DB, Carnes F, Jimenez RB, Peer K, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. In-home environmental exposures predicted from geospatial characteristics of the built environment and electronic health records of children with asthma. Ann Epidemiol. 2022 Sep; 73:38-47.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35779709
  7. Milando CW, Carnes F, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. Sensitivity of modeled residential fine particulate matter exposure to select building and source characteristics: A case study using public data in Boston, MA. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Sep 20; 840:156625.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35691344; PMCID: PMC9272360; DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156625;
  8. Connolly CL, Milando CW, Tieskens KF, Ashmore J, Carvalho L, Levy JI, Fabian MP. Impact of meteorology on indoor air quality, energy use, and health in a typical mid-rise multi-family home in the eastern United States. Indoor Air. 2022 Jun; 32(6):e13065.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35762242
  9. Jimenez RB, Lane KJ, Hutyra LR, Fabian MP. Spatial resolution of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and greenness exposure misclassification in an urban cohort. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 03; 32(2):213-222.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35094014
  10. Chu MT, Ettinger de Cuba S, Fabian MP, Lane KJ, James-Todd T, Williams DR, Coull BA, Carnes F, Massaro M, Levy JI, Laden F, Sandel M, Adamkiewicz G, Zanobetti A. The immigrant birthweight paradox in an urban cohort: Role of immigrant enclaves and ambient air pollution. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Jul; 32(4):571-582.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34980894; PMCID: PMC9250941; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-021-00403-8;
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