RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Sheryl Magzamen received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley in August 2007. Her dissertation explores factors related to the disproportionate burden of childhood asthma in urban communities. She has combined a geographic information systems approach with causal inference models to investigate the independent contributions of environmental exposures and sociodemographic factors to asthma-related morbidity among adolescents. Her goals are to further refine understanding of community-level factors related to asthma, and to provide relevant epidemiologic research for the development of effective health policy. Sheryl continues to focus on incorporating economic constructs of time preference and risk preference into community-based epidemiologic studies to develop interdisciplinary models of household-level asthma management practices. In addition, she plans to utilize GIS to investigate the relation between spatial-temporal patterns in viral infections and childhood asthma incidence and asthma-related exacerbations. Previous to her doctoral work, Sheryl was a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focused on state-level tobacco control policy, specifically, the development of clean-indoor air legislation and the health impact of tobacco excise taxes. Sheryl completed her MPH in health policy at Emory University, and a holds a BS in biology from Cornell.