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Allison E. Aiello, Ph.D., M.S.

 RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Social Epidemiology

Area(s) of Expertise:
Infectious Diseases, Social Epidemiology, Psychoneuroimmunology, Intervention Trials




Allison received her PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University-Mailman School of Public Health where she held an Infectious Disease and Epidemiological Training fellowship. Upon completion of her PhD, Allison was the recipient of the Ana C. Gelman award for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of epidemiology. Her dissertation research examined whether use of antibacterial soap products among household members is related to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Prior to her doctoral studies, Allison completed an Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) fellowship at the CDC and received her MS in Environmental Health Sciences and Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill-School of Public Health. Allison’s research as an RWJF Health & Society Scholar has sought to characterize infectious agents and corresponding immune markers as a potential link between population-level social determinants and individual-level disease determinants. One of her research objectives is to determine how socioeconomic position (SEP) correlates with cell-mediated immune response (as measured by herpesvirus antibody levels) and whether these chronic immune responses influence the rate of cognitive impairment/dementia among elderly Hispanics. She is also involved in a project that aims to examine whether latent viral and bacterial infections are on the pathway between childhood SEP and adult cardiovascular disease. Last, Allison is interested in cultural and multidisciplinary approaches for preventing infectious diseases and antibiotic-resistance among minority populations. Allison has returned to UNC- Chapel Hill as a professor of Epidemiology.

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


Aiello, Allison E.; Larson, Elaine L.; Sedlack, Richard. Against Disease - The Impact of Hygiene and Cleanliness on Health. The Soap and Detergent Association SDA, 2007