Gina Lovasi, Ph.D., M.P.H.

 RWJF Health & Society Scholar:


Area(s) of Expertise:
Geographic and Social Determinants of Health, Built Environments and Health Behavior, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Epidemiology



Gina S. Lovasi is an assistant professor in Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  Her research examines the effects of how modifiable built and social environments influence cardiovascular and pulmonary health, as well as differences in these effects across population subgroups.  Dr. Lovasi received her PhD and MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington, where her research examined neighborhood walkability and neighborhood socioeconomic characteristics as determinants of physical activity and cardiovascular risk.  She is an investigator with the Built Environment and Health ( project, conducting research within New York City exploring how urban environments could be changed to better support physical activity and a healthy weight.  She works with the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health and the Columbia Population Research Center to incorporate GIS into a range of health-related research projects in vulnerable populations.  Dr. Lovasi is also on the editorial board for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and co-director of the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University (

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Gina Lovasi's available publications in PubMed.