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Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH

Ana Diez Roux

Dana and David Dornsife 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 the Dana and David Dornsife Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology at the Dornsife School of Public Health and Director of the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative. 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.

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, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, social environment-gene interactions, and the use of multilevel methods and 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 is currently Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust funded SALURBAL (Salud Urbana en América Latina) study.

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 (as Chair), 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 CDCs Community Preventive Services Taskforce.

She has received the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health from the American Public Health Association and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology from the American College of Epidemiology. She is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009. Dr. Diez Roux has been an active mentor of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty from diverse backgrounds.

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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


Schinasi LH, Auchincloss AH, Forrest CB, Diez Roux AV. Using electronic health record data for environmental and place based population health research: a systematic review. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 Mar; PMID: 29628285

Yang Y, Langellier BA, Stankov I, Purtle J, Nelson KL, Diez Roux AV. Examining the possible impact of daily transport on depression among older adults using an agent-based model. Aging Ment Health. 2018 Mar; PMID: 59543502

Tabb LP, McClure LA, Quick H, Purtle J, Diez Roux AV. Assessing the spatial heterogeneity in overall health across the United States using spatial regression methods: The contribution of health factors and county-level demographics. Health Place. 2018 Mar; PMID: 29549756

Purtle J, Henson RM, Carroll-Scott A, Kolker J, Joshi R, Diez Roux AV. US Mayors' and Health Commissioners' Opinions About Health Disparities in Their Cities. AM J Public Health. 2018; PMID 29565663

Diez Roux AV. Despair as a Cause of Death: More Complex Than It First Appears. Am J Public Health. 2017; PMID 28902522

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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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

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

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