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-directing 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. Tieskens KF, Patil P, Levy JI, Brochu P, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Carnes F, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Leibler JH. Time-varying associations between COVID-19 case incidence and community-level sociodemographic, occupational, environmental, and mobility risk factors in Massachusetts. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 16; 21(1):686.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34271870; PMCID: PMC8283097; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-021-06389-w;
  2. Milando CW, Yitshak-Sade M, Zanobetti A, Levy JI, Laden F, Fabian MP. Modeling the impact of exposure reductions using multi-stressor epidemiology, exposure models, and synthetic microdata: an application to birthweight in two environmental justice communities. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 05; 31(3):442-453.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33824415; PMCID: PMC8141037; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-021-00318-4;
  3. Tieskens K, Patil P, Levy JI, Brochu P, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Carnes F, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Leibler JH. Time-varying associations between COVID-19 case incidence and community-level sociodemographic, occupational, environmental, and mobility risk factors in Massachusetts. Res Sq. 2021 Feb 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33619475; PMCID: PMC7899469; DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-237622/v1;
  4. Tieskens KF, Milando CW, Underhill LJ, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. The impact of energy retrofits on pediatric asthma exacerbation in a Boston multi-family housing complex: a systems science approach. Environ Health. 2021 02 14; 20(1):14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33583411; PMCID: PMC7883428; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-021-00699-x;
  5. Peer K, Adams WG, Legler A, Sandel M, Levy JI, Boynton-Jarrett R, Kim C, Leibler JH, Fabian MP. Developing and evaluating a pediatric asthma severity computable phenotype derived from electronic health records. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2021 06; 147(6):2162-2170.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33338540; PMCID: PMC8328264; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2020.11.045;
  6. Yitshak-Sade M, Fabian MP, Lane KJ, Hart JE, Schwartz JD, Laden F, James P, Fong KC, Kloog I, Zanobetti A. Estimating the Combined Effects of Natural and Built Environmental Exposures on Birthweight among Urban Residents in Massachusetts. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 11 27; 17(23).View Related Profiles. PMID: 33260804; PMCID: PMC7731163; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17238805;
  7. Vieira VM, Levy JI, Fabian MP, Korrick S. Assessing the relation of chemical and non-chemical stressors with risk-taking related behavior and adaptive individual attributes among adolescents living near the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site. Environ Int. 2021 01; 146:106199.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33126063; PMCID: PMC7775916; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.106199;
  8. 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; PMCID: PMC7384646; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0236479;
  9. 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; PMCID: PMC7246784; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17093076;
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC7068568; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17041444;
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