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Environmental and Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory

Dr. Robin Puett is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics with an affiliate appointments in the Maryland Population Research Center and as Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of environmental and spatial exposure assessment and epidemiology. More specifically, 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. Health disparities is a cross-cutting issue addressed in her spatial and environmental research and teaching programs.

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


MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health

MIEH 760 Spatial Epidemiology

MIEH 775 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology


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. Impact Factor: 3.377

Rao X, Patel P, Puett R, Rajagopalan S. (2015). Air pollution as a risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes. Toxi Sci. 143(2):231-41. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfu250. Impact Factor: 4.478

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. Impact Factor: 2.32

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. Impact Factor: 7.04

Lamichhane AP, Puett RC, Porter DE, Bottai M, Mayer-Davis EJ, Liese AD. (2012). Associations of built food environment with body mass index and waist circumference among youth with diabetes. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 9:81. PMCID: PMC3416688.  DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-9-81. Impact Factor: 3.83.

Weuve J, Puett RC, Schwartz J, Yanosky JD, Laden F, Grodstein F. (2012). Exposure to particulate air pollution and cognitive decline in older women. Archives of Internal Medicine. 172(3): 219-27.  PMID: 22332151.  DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.683. Impact Factor: 11.462.

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. Impact Factor: 7.04.

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. Impact Factor: 7.04.

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