Gina S. Lovasi, PhD

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Gina S. Lovasi, PhD
Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Gina S. Lovasi is an assistant professor in Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  Her research examines how local policies and initiatives influence cardiovascular and respiratory health, seeking to understand whether the anticipated health benefits have been realized and to explore any unanticipated health effects.  She works to incorporate GIS into a range of health-related research projects in vulnerable populations.  Key aspects of the local environment measured in her research have included walkable urban form, sources of healthy and unhealthy foods, tree canopy coverage and other aesthetic amenities, and pedestrian safety hazards related to crime and traffic.  Health outcomes recently studies include cognitive development, asthma, allergic sensitization, physical activity, obesity, myocardial infarction, and sudden cardiac arrest.  Dr. Lovasi also teaches a doctoral course on advanced techniques for epidemiologic research (advancedepidemiology.org), serves as co-director the Urban+Health Initiative (urbanhealthmsph.org) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.