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Nora Lee, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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BS, Physiology, University of California at Davis; PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Before she joined the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Nora Lee managed epidemiologic studies for 10 years at both the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Drexel University School of Public Health. Dr. Lee received a PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins, where her dissertation research focused on perinatal outcomes in northeast China. Her work has examined prenatal secondhand smoke exposure and prepregnancy maternal BMI in relation to birth outcomes. She was a contributing author of the 2006 Surgeon General’s Report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke. Dr. Lee is currently the principal investigator on a project to reduce youth access to tobacco in the State of Louisiana, and is engaged in the evaluation of a recent policy implemented to eliminate smoking in Philadelphia's public housing communities.  In addition, Dr. Lee is a Research Fellow at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and a co-investigator on the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) Study, a multi-site study following pregnant women who already have an older child with autism and assessing the newborn’s development up to three years of age.

Research Interests

  • Health Disparities
  • Maternal and Child health
  • Reproductive or Sexual health
  • Tobacco control


Rosen B, Lee BK, Lee NL, Yang Y, Burstyn I.  Maternal smoking and autism spectrum disorder: A meta-analysis.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2015 Jun; 45(6):1689-98.

Lee NL, Samet JM, Yang G, Zhou M, Yang J, Correa A, Lees PSJ. Prenatal secondhand smoke exposure and infant birth weight in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2012; 9(10):3398-3420 (online).

Newschaffer CJ, Croen LA, Fallin MD, Hertz-Picciotto I, Nguyen DV, Lee NL, Berry CA, Farzadegan H, Hess HN, Landa RJ, Levy SE, Massolo ML, Meyerer SC, Mohammed SM, Oliver MC, Ozonoff S, Pandey J, Schroeder A, Shedd-Wise KM.  Infant siblings and the investigation of autism risk factors.  Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 2012; 4:7 (online).

Karapurkar T, Lee NL, Kresch Curran L, Newschaffer CJ, Yeargin-Allsopp M.  The epidemiology of autism and autism spectrum disorders.  In: Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Children, Gupta VB (ed.).  New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2004, pp. 17-42.

Lee NL, Samet JM.  ACE Forum Report:  The making of an epidemiologist--necessary components for doctoral education and training.  Annals of Epidemiology 2003 Sep; 13(8):552-556.

Newschaffer CJ, Fallin MD, Lee NL.  Heritable and non-heritable risk factors for autism.  Epidemiologic Reviews 2002; 24(2):137-153.

Samet JM, Lee NL.  Bridging the gap:  Perspectives on translating epidemiologic evidence into policy.  American Journal of Epidemiology 2001 Dec 15; 154(12 Suppl):S1-S3.

Jackson LW, Lee NL, Samet JM.  Frequency of policy recommendations in epidemiologic publications.  American Journal of Public Health 1999 Aug; 89(8):1206-11

Freedman DM, Cantor KP, Lee NL, Chen L-S, Lei H-H, Ruhl CE, Wang SS.  Bladder cancer and drinking water:  A population-based case-control study in Washington County, Maryland (United States).  Cancer Causes and Control 1997 Sep; 8(5):738-44.

Carlo GL, Jablinske MR, Lee NL, Sund KG, Corn M.  Reduced mortality among workers at a rubber plant.  Journal of Occupational Medicine 1993 Jun; 35(6):611-16


Fall Term  PBHL 530ES:  Introduction to Epidemiology

Winter Term  PHBL 638:  Perinatal Epidemiology

Spring Term  PBHL 310:  Burden of Disease

Additional Information

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Surgeon General, Atlanta, GA, 2006.The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General Contributing Author