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Gina Lovasi, PhD, MPH

Gina Lovasi

Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health, Co-Director of the Urban Health Collaborative
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Urban Health Collaborative
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BS, Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, UCLA; MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington; PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington


Gina S. Lovasi, PhD, MPH is coming to Drexel University after 10 years at Columbia University where she was an assistant professor in Epidemiology and co-director of the school-wide Urban+Health Initiative. Her research examines how local policies and initiatives influence cardiovascular and respiratory health, seeking to understand whether the anticipated health benefits have been realized and to explore any unanticipated health effects. She works to incorporate GIS into a range of health-related research projects in vulnerable populations. Key aspects of the local environment measured in her research have included walkable urban form, sources of healthy and unhealthy foods, tree canopy coverage and other aesthetic amenities, and pedestrian safety hazards related to crime and traffic. Health outcomes recently studies include cognitive development, asthma, allergic sensitization, physical activity, obesity, myocardial infarction, and sudden cardiac arrest. She has also taught a doctoral course on advanced techniques for epidemiologic research for the last 5 years (, and serves on the editorial board for both the Journal of Urban Health and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Data Analysis Methods
  • Health and Place or Build Environmnet
  • Health Disparities
  • Spatial Analysis or GIS
  • Urban Health
  • Urban trees and greenspace
  • Local retail and urban design
  • Transportation, infrastructure and policies


Mooney, S.J., Grady, S.T., Sotoodehnia, N., Lemaitre, R.N., Wallace, E.R., Mohanty, A.F., Yee, J., Siscovick, D.S., Rea, T.D., McKnight, B., Kwok, P., Mak, A.C.Y., Hesselson, S., Lovasi, G.S. In the Wrong Place with the Wrong SNP: Beta-2-Adrenergic Receptor Gene Modifies the Association between Stressful Neighborhood Conditions and Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Epidemiology, accepted 2015. (Online ahead of print May 2016)

Mooney, S.J., Sheehan, D.M., Zulaika, G., Rundle, A.G., McGill, K., Behrooz, M.R., Lovasi, G.S. Quantifying distance overestimation from global positioning system in urban spaces. American Journal of Public Health, 2016: 106(4):651-653.

Kaufman, T.K., Sheehan, D.M., Rundle, A., Neckerman, K.M., Bader, M.D.M., Jack, D., Lovasi, G.S. Measuring health-relevant businesses over 21 years: refining the National Establishment Time-Series (NETS), a dynamic longitudinal data set. BMC Research Notes, 2015: 8(507):1-13

Wutchiett, D.M., Lovasi, G.S. Prior depression and health insurance in non-receipt of needed medical services. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2015: 48 (6): 737-741. PMID: 25998924

Bancroft C., Joshi S., Rundle A., Hutson M., Chong C., Weiss C.C., Genkinger J., Neckerman K., Lovasi G. Association of proximity and density of parks and objectively measured physical activity in the United States: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine, 2015: 138: 22-30. PMID: 26043433

Weinberger K.R., Kinney P.L., Lovasi G.S. A review of spatial variation in allergenic tree pollen within cities. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, 2015: 41(2): 57-68.

Lovasi, G.S., Eldred-Skemp, N., Quinn, J., Chang, H., Rauh, V., Rundle, A., Orjuela, M.A., Perera, F. Neighborhood social context and individual polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposures associated with child cognitive test scores. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2014: 23: 785-799. PMCID: 4075963

Pearson, A.L., Ivory, V., Breetzke, G., Lovasi, G.S. Are feelings of peace or depression the drivers of the relationship between neighbourhood social fragmentation and mental health in Aotearoa/New Zealand? Health and Place, 2014: 26: 1-6. PMID: 24317391

Lovasi, G.S., Goh, C.E., Pearson, A..L, Breetzke, G. The independent associations of recorded crime and perceived safety with physical health in a nationally representative cross-sectional survey of men and women in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 2014: 4:e004058. PMCID: 3963098

Lovasi, G.S., Richardson, J., Rodriquez, C. J., Kop, W., Ahmed, A., Brown, A., Greenlee, H., Siscovick, D. Residential relocation by older adults in response to incident cardiovascular health events. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2014:951971. PMCID: 3981061

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