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Biography

Dr. Robin Puett is an Associate Professor in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health with tenure in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and affiliate appointments in the Maryland Population Research Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine as Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of environmental and spatial exposure assessment and epidemiology, as well as the intersection of mind, body, environment and health. Much of her research has explored the relationship of ambient air pollution exposures with chronic disease (i.e. cardiovascular disease and diabetes) and mortality. Ongoing and future research in this area delves more deeply into the biological pathways involved, susceptible subpopulations and important potential modifiers of these relationships, such as diet and physical activity. Her spatial exposure assessment, epidemiology and statistics work examines neighborhood contextual and built environment factors associated with physical activity and chronic diseases. Dr. Puett has also begun work on the intersection of mind, body, environment and health, focusing for example on such topics as the impact of meditation and greenspace exposures on mental and physical health.

Education and Training

Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of South Carolina

Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of South Carolina

M.P.H., Behavioral Sciences, Emory University

B.A., Psychology, Emory University

Courses

MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health

MIEH 760 Spatial Epidemiology

MIEH 775 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

Publications: 

 Fisher JA, Puett RC, Hart JE, Camargo CA Jr, Varraso R, Yanosky JD, Laden F. (2016) Particulate matter exposures and adult-onset asthma and COPD in the Nurses' Health Study. Eur Respir J. 48(3):921-4. Rao X, Montresor-Lopez J, Puett R, Rajagopalan S, Brook RD. (2015). Ambient air pollution: an emerging diabetes risk factor. Current Diabetes Reports. 15:33. doi: 10.1007/s11892-015-0603-8.

 Montresor-Lopez J, Yanosky J, Mittleman M, Sapkota A, Xin H, Hibbert J, Wirth M, Puett R. (2015). Short-term exposure to ambient ozone and acute stroke risk: a case-crossover analysis. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 26(2):162-6. doi: 10.1038/jes.2015.48

Tamura K, Puett RC, Hart JE, Starnes HA, Laden F, Troped PJ. (2014). Spatial clustering of physical activity and obesity in relation to built environment factors among older women in three U.S. states. BMC Public Health. 14:1322. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1322.

Puett RC, Hart JE, Yanosky JD, Speigelman D, Wang M, Fisher J, Hong B, Laden F. (2014).  Particulate matter air pollution exposure, distance to road, and incident lung cancer in the nurses' health study cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives. 122(9):926-32. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1307490.

Puett RC, Teas J, España-Romero V, Artero EG, Lee DC, Baruth M, Sui X, Montresor-Lopez J, Blair SN. (2014). Physical Activity: Does environment make a difference for tension, stress, emotional outlook, and perceptions of health status? Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 11(8):1503-11. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2012-0375.

Puett RC, Hart JE, Suh H, Mittleman M, Laden F. (2011). Particulate matter exposures, mortality and cardiovascular disease in the health professionals follow-up study. Environmental Health Perspectives. 119(8):1130-5.  PMID: 21454146.  DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1002921. .

Puett RC, Hart JE, Schwartz J, Hu FB, Liese AD, Laden F. (2011). Are particulate matter exposures associated with risk of type 2 diabetes? Environmental Health Perspectives. 119(3): 384-9. PMID: 21118784.  DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1002344.

Link to publications on PubMed