Research

Research on etiology involves several large-scale longitudinal projects of representative community-based samples, in some cases followed over decades, to investigate the emergence of disease and disorder as well as the combined influences of environmental, nutritional, social & genetic factors on the incidence and course of these conditions. 

Randomized clinical trials and other clinical investigations are conducted in collaboration with leading hospitals and other treatment facilities in Rhode Island and throughout the U.S. to investigate the impact of new therapeutic technologies and to add to evidence-based treatment decisions in medicine and public health.

Center faculty also collaborate regularly with Rhode Island agencies including the Departments of Health, Human Services, Education and others to assist with statewide analyses of population health and the implementation of population-based prevention efforts.

  • Angela Bengston

    Angela Bengtson

    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

    Angela Bengtson's research focuses on improving the health of HIV-infected women and their children during the perinatal period. Her work explores the impact of HIV drugs on pregnancy outcomes, investigates novel strategies to measure and support ongoing engagement in HIV care, and addresses common comorbid conditions with HIV during pregnancy, including obesity and perinatal depression.

  • Stephen Buka

    Stephen Buka

    Professor of Epidemiology

    Stephen Buka, Sc.D., M.Sc., M.A., is an epidemiologist and developmental psychologist whose work focuses on the causes, development and prevention of major psychiatric and cognitive disorders.

  • Alison Field

    Alison Field

    Director of the Centers for Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Chair of Epidemiology, Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Pediatrics

     Alison Field, Sc.D., is public health researcher specializing in nutritional, pediatric, and psychiatric epidemiology. Her current research focuses on determining the optimal classification for obesity, designing a mobile app to measure cues to eat, identifying predictors of overuse and ACL injuries in adolescents, and examining risk factors for developing migraine in adolescence or young adulthood.  

  • Chanelle Howe

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Epidemiology Master's Program Director

    Chanelle Howe, Ph.D., is interested in methods, infectious diseases, and health disparities. Howe's methodologically focused research interests include improving understanding of potential sources of bias as well as better characterizing, adapting, and illustrating the use of advanced quantitative methods to promote accurate inference.

  • Eric Loucks

    Eric Loucks, Ph.D., is a cardiovascular physiologist and social epidemiologist, whose research agenda focuses on elucidating biological mechanisms, by which social and psychosocial factors may influence cardiovascular disease.

  • Simin Lu

    Simin Lu

    Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Surgery, Professor of Medicine

    Dr. Simin Liu's research focuses on the etiology of chronic diseases with emphasis on identifying nutritional and molecular strategies to improve health outcomes in diverse populations globally.

  • Brandon Marshall

    Brandon Marshall

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology

    Brandon Marshall’s research interests focus on substance use epidemiology, infectious diseases, and the social, environmental, and structural determinants of health of urban populations. In particular, he works to inform public health and policy interventions that improve the health of people who use drugs.

  • Deborah Pearlman

    Associate Professor of the Practice of Epidemiology

    Deborah Pearlman, Ph.D., has substantive research interests in advancing a deeper understanding of how fundamental causes of disparity influence health over the lifespan. Her research examines the independent and joint effects of race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic position on potentially preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma.

  • David Savitz

    David Savitz

    Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Professor of Pediatrics

    David Savitz's research is focused on reproductive and environmental epidemiology. He has conducted studies of the causes of adverse pregnancy outcome, including miscarriage and preterm birth, as well as pregnancy complications, birth defects, and child health problems.