Gina S. Lovasi, Drexel University, USA
Gina S. Lovasi, PhD, MPH is the Urban Health Collaborative Co-Director and Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health at Drexel University. Her research projects reflect a tension between loving to work with large datasets to chip away at big questions, and a fascination with the insights gained through field data collection to tackle local information needs. In both contexts, the puzzles and surprises that emerge, either during the investigation or during subsequent dissemination, continue to provide a rich source of new research questions. Her current NIA-funded project is a longitudinal investigation of local retail (58 million businesses over a 25 year period) and their implications for cardiovascular disparities and aging across the US. She is also using street-level observations to understand variation within large informal communities in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Dr. Lovasi teaches and mentors graduate students on using data to answer urban health questions, and serves as chair of the curriculum committee within the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. She serves on committees of the American Heart Association Epidemiology Council and on the board of the International Society of Urban Health, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Healthand the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and is an associate editor for the American Journal of Epidemiology. Previous affiliations include University of California Los Angeles(undergraduate training), University of Washingto (graduate training in epidemiology), and Columbia University (interdisciplinary postdoctoral training, assistant professorship in epidemiology).
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