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Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH

Ana Diez Roux

Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology
Dean's Office, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Urban Health Collaborative
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MD, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; PhD, Department of Health Policy and Management, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; MPH, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health


Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before joining Drexel University, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health. Her work on neighborhood health effects has been highly influential in the policy debate on population health and its determinants. Her research areas include social epidemiology and health disparities, environmental health effects, urban health, psychosocial factors in health, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and the use of multilevel methods.  Recent areas of work include social environment-gene interactions and the use of complex systems approaches in population health.  She has led large NIH and foundation funded research and training programs in the United States and in collaboration with various institutions in Latin America and has been Principal Investigator of grants totaling over 30 million US dollars. She has been a member of the MacArthur Network on Socioeconomic Factors and Health and was Co-Director of the Network on Inequality, Complexity and Health. She has been an active mentor of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

Dr. Diez Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels and advisory committees including most recently the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) of the National Center for Health Statistics, the Committee on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment of the International Council for Science (ISCUS) and the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Public Health.

She was awarded the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health by the American Public Health Association. She is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009.

Dr. Diez Roux received an MD from the University of Buenos Aires, a master’s degree in public health and doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

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Research Interests

  • Social determinants of health
  • Neighborhoods and health
  • Race and ethnic health disparities
  • Psychosocial factors and cardiovascular disease
  • Air pollution epidemiology
  • Urban health
  • Multilevel methods
  • Complex systems approaches to population health
  • Health in Latin America


Selected Publications

Diez Roux AV. Bringing context back into epidemiology: variables and fallacies in multilevel analysis. Am J Pub Health 1998; 88:216-222.

Diez Roux AV. Multilevel analysis in public health research. Annu Rev Public Health.  2000; 21:171-92. 

Auchincloss AH, Diez Roux AV. A new tool for epidemiology? The usefulness of dynamic agent models in understanding place effects on health. Am J Epidemiol, 2008;168(1):1-8.

Auchincloss AH, Diez Roux AV, Mujahid MS, Shen M, Bertoni AG, Carnethon MR. Neighborhood resources for physical activity and healthy foods and incidence of type 2 diabetes (the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). Arch Int Med. 2009;12;169 (18)1698-704. PMID: 19822827. PMCID: PMC2800303. 

Diez Roux AV, Mair C. Neighborhoods and health. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2010 Feb;1186:125-145. PMID: 20201871. 

Diez Roux AV. Complex systems thinking and current impasses in health disparities research. Am J Public Health. 2011. Sep;101(9):1627-1634. PMID: 21778505. PMCID: PMC3154209.

Diez Roux AV. Conceptual approaches to the study of health disparities. Ann Rev Public Health. 2012; 33:41-58. PMID: 22224879. PMCID: PMC3740124.

Hirsch JA, Diez Roux AV, Moore KA, Evenson, Sharager S, Tadros S. Change in walking and body mass index following residential relocation: the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar;104(3):e49-56. PMID: 24432935. PMCID: PMC3953773.

Christine PJ, Diez Roux Av, Wing JJ, Alazraqui M, Spinelli H. Temporal trends in BMI in Argentina by socio-economic position and province-level economic development, 2005- 2009. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Sep 15:1-10. PMID: 25222761.

Lê-Scherban F, Albrecht SS, Osypuk TL, Sanchez BN, Diez Roux AV. Neighborhood Ethnic Composition, Spatial Assimilation, and Change in Body Mass Index Over Time Among Hispanic and Chinese Immigrants: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Am J Public Health. 2014 Nov;104(11):2138-46. PMID: 25211724. PMCID: PMC4192094.

Kershaw KN, Osypuk TL, Do DP, De Chavez PJ, Diez Roux AV. Neighborhood-Level Racial/Ethnic Residential Segregation and Incident Cardiovascular Disease: The Multi Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Circulation. 2015 Jan 13;131(2):141-8. PMID: 25447044. PMCID: PMC4293329.

Diez Roux AV. Invited Commentary: The virtual epidemiologist-promise and peril. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Jan 15;181(2):100-2. PMID: 25480822.

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