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Graduate Students: Public Health

Noelle received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University where she studied Community Health while completing an Honors Thesis examining the role-played by Community Health Workers on the Navajo Nation and the essential services they provide. Her previous research has included work on the negative health effects of ultra-fine particulate matter as a part of the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. At Brown, she will be working on Dr. Joe Braun’s research team on the PEACE Study. Her passion for research emphasizes the utilization of a Community Based Participatory Research model and she strongly believes that researchers have a responsibility to the communities they work with to fully include them throughout and beyond the scope of the study.

Geetika Kalloo is a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at Brown University interested in environmental determinants of perinatal and pediatric health. She is currently working with Dr. Joseph Braun on the HOME study, a prospective pregnancy and birth cohort from Cincinnati, OH. Her work investigates how exposure to mixtures of commonly found environmental chemicals, such as those found in personal care products, pesticides, household air, and dust, during pregnancy will impact both the physical and neurological development of children.

Marisa Patti is a first year doctoral student in the Epidemiology Department from the Brown School of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Education with a Concentration in Autism Studies from Bucknell University, and her Masters of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her main research interests include the role of environmental exposures on the intersection of mental and physical health, specically how in utero and early life exposures are associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other co-occurring physical health conditions. Her current work in Dr. Joe Braun’s lab explores the role of maternal caffeine intake as a potential neurotoxicant affecting social responsiveness in children.

Keith Spangler studies how climate change affects human health and well-being. His research seeks to quantify how the cumulative health risks of climate change vary spatially as functions of multiple climatic hazards and social vulnerabilities. This work is motivated by a desire to inform public health interventions aimed at improving population health and resilience to climate change at various spatial scales.

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