Robin Puett, Associate Professor
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2234
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Environmental and Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory
CV / Resume
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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


SPHL291 Moving Beyond Medicine

MIEH698E Applied Environmental and Spatial Epidemiology Research

MIEH 775 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

Honors and Awards

2019  Visiting Researcher, Danish Cancer Society Research Center

2019  Visiting Researcher, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin

2018  UMD School of Public Health Jerry P Wrenn Outstanding Service Award

2017  UMD Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Nominee

2016  UMD Advance Leadership Program

2013  UMD Research and Scholarship Award

2012  UMD School of Public Health Research and Development Award

2012  UMD Research Leader


Selected Publications:

Puett RC, Yanosky JD, Mittleman MA, Montresor-Lopez J, Bell RA, Crume TL,Dabelea D, Dolan LM, D'Agostino RB Jr, Marcovina SM, Pihoker C, Reynolds K, Urbina E, Liese AD. Inflammation and acute traffic-related air pollution exposures among a cohort of youth with type 1 diabetes. Environ Int. 2019 Aug 13;132:105064. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.105064. 

Puett, R.C., Quirós-Alcalá, L., Montresor-López, J.* Nedelina Tchangalova, Anindita Dutta, Devon Payne-Sturges, Jeff D. Yanosky Long-Term Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution and Type 2 Diabetes in Adults Curr Epidemiol Rep (2019) 6: 67.

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.

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, 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