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Brian Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Research Fellow, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Dornsife School of Public Health

Contact:

brian.k.lee29@drexel.edu

267.359.6052

Lee's research interests include the epidemiology of neurological development, maintenance and decline.  Current topics include prenatal environmental exposures and autism risk; neighborhoods and psychosocial "stress" in the cognitive decline of older adults; lead toxicity and white matter health; gene-environment interaction; maternal antibody exposure in utero and fetal outcomes.

More information about Lee

For news media inquiries, contact Frank Otto at fmo26@drexel.edu or 215.571.4244.

In the News

  • Taking These Vitamins While You’re Pregnant May Lower Autism Risk

    A study on the effect that multivitamin use during pregnancy has on autism with intellectual disabilities, researched by Elizabeth DeVilbiss, PhD, a graduate of the Dornsife School of Public Health, and Brian Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the school, was covered in an article in Reader's Digest Oct. 26.

  • Mayor Kenney on Philly’s Amazon HQ2 Bid: We’re Going to Win This

    President John Fry was quoted in several stories Oct. 19–20 about a Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia event that discussed the city’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bisnow, The Philadelphia Tribune, the Philadelphia Business Journal, CBS Philly, Philly Voice, Technically Philly and the Metro were among the media outlets that covered the event at the Barnes Foundation.

  • Late Birth Linked to Risk of Autism with Intellectual Disability

    Brian Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in an Oct. 18 Spectrum News story on a study into the risk of autism with disability when babies are born later than their due dates.

  • Autism Risk Significantly Reduced in Women Who Take Prenatal Vitamins, New Research Discovers

    Elizabeth DeVilbiss, PhD, a graduate of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in an Oct. 6 Newsweek story on her study looking into the way multivitamin use during pregnancy is tied to a decrease in autism risk in children. Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in an Oct. 8 PhillyVoice story on the study that also quoted DeVilbiss.

  • Drexel Study Finds Link Between Autism, Antidepressant Use in Pregnant Women

    Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a July 25 Philly Voice article about his study finding a small link between anti-depressant use during pregnancy and autism risk.

  • Smoking During Pregnancy May Up Autism Risk in Grandchildren

    Brian Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a May 29 Spectrum News story on the effect that smoking during pregnancy might have on autism development.

  • Parental Age Has Different Impact on Autism, Schizophrenia

    Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was mentioned in an Oct. 31 article on Spectrum News about the role parental age has in whether a child is diagnosed with autism or schizophrenia.

  • The Health Benefits of Gamification

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio in the ExCITe Center, was quoted in a Sept. 19 U.S. News & World Report story about gamification of health care.

  • Time on His Side? Jagger a Dad Again at Age 72

    Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Live Science article July 15 on the risks babies face when they’re conceived by older fathers. This article, which was also picked up by Yahoo! News, was in light of Mick Jagger announcing that he will be having another child at age 72.

  • Weak Immune Response in Women May Raise Autism Risk in Children

    A Spectrum story on the link between weak immune systems in pregnant women and autism risk in their children that quoted Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was published on Scientific American June 1.

  • Kids With a Depressed Parent Perform Worse in School

    A study on parental depression’s effect on children’s grades by Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was featured on “The Science of Us” in New York magazine March 2.

  • Parents’ Depression May Impact Children’s Classroom Performance, Study Finds

    Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was interviewed for a WBUR Boston story posted Feb. 23 about his research into parental depression and its effect on children's grades.

  • How Parents' Depression Affects Kids' Grades

    Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Feb. 4 Yahoo! News article on his study that found a link between parental depression and diminished grades in their children.

  • Parents' Depression May Affect Kids' School Performance

    Brian Lee, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Feb. 3 Reuters story that covered a study he helped lead on how parental depression affects children’s school grades. The story was picked up by more than two dozen radio stations across the country. Additionally, the study was featured on WTXF-TV (FOX-29) Feb. 3.

  • Autism Risk-Factors Database Could Aid in Epidemiological Studies of the Disorder

    Dr. Brian Lee, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health, was quoted in an August 6 Scientific American article on an autism risk-factors database.

Related Articles

  • A spilled bottle of multivitamins

    Multivitamin Use During Pregnancy Linked to Lower Risk of Autism With Intellectual Disability

    Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy was linked to a 30 percent decrease in risk of a child developing autism with an intellectual disorder, according to a new Drexel University study.

  • A pregnant woman in a blue dress holding her stomach.

    Antidepressant Use in Pregnant Women Linked to Small Increase in Autism

    Antidepressant use in pregnant women was linked to increased cases of autism in their children, though the trend actually appeared to be relatively small, effecting just 2 percent of children with diagnoses.

  • Students studying from binders at a table.

    Parental Depression Negatively Affects Children’s School Performance

    A study led by Drexel researchers found that parental depression was associated with diminished school performance in children.

  • Google search trends for the term "autism" from 2010 through 2014, showing peaks in searches in April of each year.

    Awareness Month Spurs Web Searches for Autism

    Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and blue ribbons out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by a third over searches in March in recent years.

  • Autism rates were about double in children born to mothers who took an SSRI during pregnancy, compared to children of mothers who didn't -- but overall rates were extremely low in both groups.

    In Utero Exposure to Antidepressants May Influence Autism Risk

    A new study from researchers at Drexel University adds evidence that using common antidepressant medications during pregnancy may contribute to a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children, although this risk is still very small.

  • Generalized additive model estimates of probability of ASD by maternal and paternal age (years) in the Stockholm Youth Cohort. The 95% CIs are indicated by dashed lines. Based on Idring et al., International Journal of Epidemiology

    Child's Autism Risk Accelerates with Mother's Age Over 30

    A recent study from researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the higher risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among older parents varies between mothers’ and fathers’ ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both ASD and intellectual disability is larger for older parents.

  • Dr. Brian K. Lee

    No Link Found Between Prenatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke and Autism

    A large population-based study in Sweden indicates that there is no link between smoking during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children. The study, led by Dr. Brian Lee, an assistant professor at Drexel University and a team of international collaborators, will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and was published online in December.