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Jane Clougherty, ScD, MSc

Jane Clougherty

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
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ScD, Environmental Health and Social Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
MSc, Geography, McMaster University
AB (Hons), Economics and Environmental Studies, University of Chicago


Jane E. Clougherty, ScD, MSc, is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She served as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health from 2010-2016. Dr. Clougherty completed her doctorate and post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health, and worked at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2008-2010.

An interdisciplinary Environmental Health Scientist, Dr. Clougherty’s research focuses on the combined health effects of chronic social stressors and air pollution exposures, particularly in urban community settings. She has designed and implemented a number of studies on intra-urban variation in air pollution exposures and source apportionment, including an assessment of diesel-related organic pollution exposures in downtown Pittsburgh. She is Principal Investigator on several epidemiological studies funded by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Health Effects Institute (HEI) --including a current NIH-funded study using geographic information systems (GIS)-based methods to examine how social and environmental exposures may alter the efficacy of pharmaceutical interventions for asthma in clinical trials.

Dr. Clougherty is a board member of the International Society for Exposure Science (ISES), and a member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). She was awarded the ISES Sally Liu Award for an Outstanding New Investigator in 2012.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Exposures
  • Health and Place or Built Environment
  • Health Disparities
  • Urban Health
  • Violence and Trauma
  • Air Pollution
  • Chronic Stress
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Exposure Science
  • Gender Analysis
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Spatial Analysis/Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Violence Exposures


Sheffield PE, Kinnee EJ, Shmool JLC, Clougherty JE. Violent crime and socioeconomic deprivation in shaping asthma-related pollution susceptibility: a case-crossover design. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2019;73:846–853. doi:10.1136/jech-2018-211816.

Schinasi L, Quick H, Clougherty JE, De Roos AC. Greenspace and infant mortality in Philadelphia, PA. Journal of Urban Health. 2019. 96(3):497-506.

Burris HH, Lorch S; Kirpalani H; Pursley DM; Elovitz MA; Clougherty JE. Racial disparities in preterm birth in the US; a biosensor of physical and social environmental exposures. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2019;104(10): 931-935. PMID: 30850379. PMCID: PMC6732250.

Humphrey JL, Reid CE, Kinnee EJ, Kubzansky LD, Robinson LF, Clougherty JE. Putting co-exposures on equal footing: an ecological analysis of same-scale measures of air pollution and social factors on cardiovascular disease in New York City. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019, 16(23), 4621;

Payne-Sturges DC, Scammell MK, Levy JI, Cory-Slechta DA, Symanski E, Shmool JLC, Laumbach R, Linder S, Clougherty JE. Methods for Evaluating the Combined Effects of Chemical and Nonchemical Exposures for Cumulative Environmental Health Risk Assessment. Int J Environ Res Pub Health 2018, 15(12), 2797;

Shmool JLC, Bobb JF, Savitz DA, Matte TD, Johnson S, Elston B, Ito K, Ross Z, Dominici F, Clougherty JE. Area-level socioeconomic deprivation, nitrogen dioxide exposure, and term birth weight in New York City. Environ Res 2015; 142: 624-632.

Clougherty JE, Shmool JL, Kubzansky LD (2014). The role of non-chemical stressors in mediating socioeconomic susceptibility to environmental chemicals. Current Environ Health Reports. 2014: 1(4): 302-313. doi: 10.1007/s40572-014-0031-y.

Shmool JLC, Kubzansky LD, Dotson Newman O, Spengler JD, Shepard P, Clougherty JE (2014). Social stressors and air pollution across New York City communities: a spatial approach for assessing correlations among multiple exposures. Environ Health 13:91. DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-91.

Clougherty JE, I Kheirbek, H Eisl, Z Ross, G Pezeshki, J Gorczynski, S Johnson, S Markowitz, D Kass, T Matte (2013). Intra-urban spatial variability in wintertime street-level concentrations of multiple combustion-related air pollutants: The New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS). J Expos Sci Environ Epidem. 23:232-240. PMID: 23361442.

Matte T, Z Ross, I Kheirbek, H Eisl, S Johnson, J Gorczynski, D Kass, S Markowitz, G Pezeshki, JE Clougherty (2013). Monitoring intra-urban spatial patterns of multiple combustion air pollutants in New York City: Design and Implementation. J Expos Sci Environ Epidem 23: 223-231. PMID: 2332186.

Clougherty JE, CA Rossi, J Lawrence, MD Long, E Diaz, B McEwen, P Koutrakis, JJ Godleski (2010). Chronic Social Stress and Susceptibility to Concentrated Fine Particulate Air Pollution (CAPs) in Rats. Environ Health Perspec 118(6):769-75. PMID: 20194079.

Clougherty JE (2010). A growing role for gender analysis in air pollution epidemiology. Environ Health Perspec 2010 Feb;118(2):167-76. doi: 10.1289/ehp.0900994.

Clougherty JE, LD Kubzansky (2009). A Framework for Examining Social Stress and Susceptibility to Air Pollution in Respiratory Health. Environ Health Perspec 117(9):1351-1358. PMID: 19750097.

Clougherty JE, JI Levy, LD Kubzansky, PB Ryan, SF Suglia, MJ Canner, RJ Wright (2007). Synergistic Effects of Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Exposure to Violence on Urban Asthma Etiology. Environ Health Perspect 115(8): 1140-46. PMID: 1940095.

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