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Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, MPH

Félice Lê-Scherban

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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PhD, Epidemiology, University of Michigan, School of Public Health
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, UC-Berkeley
BA, Mathematics and French, Brown University


Dr. Lê-Scherban received a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Michigan and an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research centers on health disparities with a focus on chronic disease disparities, life course determinants, and immigrant health. She has a focus on epidemiological methods, particularly as they relate to causal inference in social epidemiology. Her work has examined causal links between education and health; intergenerational socioeconomic influences on mental and physical health; neighborhood social contexts; and cardiovascular risk among immigrants.

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Health and Place or Built Environment
  • Health Disparities
  • Immigrant health
  • Life Course
  • Mental health and Behavioral health
  • Urban Health


Lê-Scherban F, Ballester L, Castro JC, Cohen S, Melly S, Moore KM, Buehler J. Neighborhood characteristics associated with diabetes and hypertension control among an urban African-American population: A study of geo-linked electronic health records. Preventive Medicine Reports 2019;Jul 13:15:100953.

Lê-Scherban F, Albrecht SS, Osypuk TL, Sánchez BN, Diez Roux AV. Are long-term patterns of neighborhood ethnic composition related to BMI, diet, and physical activity among Latino and Chinese immigrants? Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Health & Place 2019;58:102147.

Lê-Scherban F, Wang X, Boyle-Steed K, Pachter L. Intergenerational associations between adult past exposure to adverse childhood experiences and offspring child health outcomes: The Philadelphia ACE Study. Pediatrics 2018;141(6); epub e20174274.

Lê-Scherban F, Brenner AB, Hicken M, McKinley P, Needham BL, Seeman T, Sloan R, Wang X, Diez Roux AV. Child and adult socioeconomic status and the cortisol response to acute stress: Evidence from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Psychosomatic Medicine 2018;80(2):184-92.

Lê-Scherban F, Brenner AB, Schoeni B. Childhood family wealth and mental health in a national cohort of young adults. SSM – Population Health 2016;2:798-806.