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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



Dr. Gina S. Lovasi's research examines how modifiable built and social environments influence cardiovascular and pulmonary health, as well as differences in these effects across population subgroups. She received her PhD and MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington, where her research examined neighborhood walkability and neighborhood socioeconomic characteristics as potential determinants of physical activity and cardiovascular risk. Dr. Lovasi co-directs the school-wide Urban+Health Initiative ( and 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 the health of children and adults. Key aspects of the local environment measured in her research have included walkable urban form, sources of healthy and unhealthy foods, urban trees, and pedestrian safety hazards related to crime and traffic. Health outcomes recently studies include cognitive development, asthma, allergic sensitization, myocardial infarction, sudden cardiac arrest, physical activity, and obesity. 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. Finally, Dr. Lovasi teaches a doctoral course on advanced epidemiology techniques each spring and co-directs 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.

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