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Leah Schinasi, PhD

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Assistant Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health
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BA, Environmental Studies, Vassar College
MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health
PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health


Leah Schinasi is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. She is an affiliate of the Dornsife School of Public Health’s Urban Health Collaborative and a member of the strategic council for the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity at Drexel University.

Dr. Schinasi conducts research at the intersection of climate vulnerability, climate adaptation, and health equity. She is particularly interested in conducting research to inform the design of climate adaptation strategies that promote health equity and justice. Among her recent publications are ones describing links between structural racism and urban heat vulnerability; extreme heat and childhood asthma morbidity; and green spaces and neighborhood gentrification processes.

Dr. Schinasi earned her MSPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and conducted postdoctoral training at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in Lyon, France and then within the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Exposures
  • Cancer
  • Health and Place or Built Environment
  • Occupational Health
  • Urban Health
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Climate Change


Schinasi, L. H., C. Kanungo, Z. Christman, S. Barber, L. Tabb and I. Headen (2022). "Associations Between Historical Redlining and Present-Day Heat Vulnerability Housing and Land Cover Characteristics in Philadelphia, PA." J Urban Health 99(1): 134-145.

Schinasi, L. H., C. C. Kenyon, R. A. Hubbard, Y. Zhao, M. Maltenfort, S. J. Melly, K. Moore, C. B. Forrest, A. V. Diez Roux and A. J. de Roos (2022). "Associations between high ambient temperatures and asthma exacerbation among children in Philadelphia, PA: a time series analysis." Occup Environ Med 79(5): 326-332.

Knobel, P., M. Kondo, R. Maneja, Y. Zhao, P. Dadvand and L. H. Schinasi (2021). "Associations of objective and perceived greenness measures with cardiovascular risk factors in Philadelphia, PA: A spatial analysis." Environ Res 197: 110990.

Niu, L., M. T. Herrera, B. Girma, B. Liu, J. Glassberg, L. Schinasi, J. E. Clougherty and P. Sheffield (2021). "Chronic Conditions and Pediatric Healthcare Utilization during Warm Weather Days in New York City." J Appl Res Child 12(1).

Schinasi, L. H., H. V. S. Cole, J. A. Hirsch, G. B. Hamra, P. Gullon, F. Bayer, S. J. Melly, K. M. Neckerman, J. E. Clougherty and G. S. Lovasi (2021). "Associations between Greenspace and Gentrification-Related Sociodemographic and Housing Cost Changes in Major Metropolitan Areas across the United States." Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(6).

De Roos, A. J., C. C. Kenyon, Y. Zhao, K. Moore, S. Melly, R. A. Hubbard, S. E. Henrickson, C. B. Forrest, A. V. Diez Roux, M. Maltenfort and L. H. Schinasi (2020). "Ambient daily pollen levels in association with asthma exacerbation among children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania." Environ Int 145: 106138.

Hamra, G. B., L. H. Schinasi and D. A. Quistberg (2020). "Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving a Bicycle Before and After Introduction of a Bike Share Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2010-2018." Am J Public Health 110(6): 863-867.

Kinnee, E. J., S. Tripathy, L. Schinasi, J Shmool, P. E. Sheffield, F. Holguin and J. E. Clougherty (2020). "Geocoding Error, Spatial Uncertainty, and Implications for Exposure Assessment and Environmental Epidemiology." Int J Environ Res Public Health 17(16).

Kondo, M. C., N. Mueller, D. H. Locke, L. A. Roman, D. Rojas-Rueda, L. H. Schinasi, M. Gascon and M. J. Nieuwenhuijsen (2020). "Health impact assessment of Philadelphia's 2025 tree canopy cover goals." Lancet Planet Health 4(4): e149-e157.

Schinasi, L. H., J. R. Bloch, S. Melly, Y. Zhao, K. Moore and A. J. De Roos (2020). "High Ambient Temperature and Infant Mortality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A Case-Crossover Study." Am J Public Health 110(2): 189-195.

Schinasi, L. H., C. C. Kenyon, K. Moore, S. Melly, Y. Zhao, R. Hubbard, M. Maltenfort, A. V. Diez Roux, C. B. Forrest and A. J. De Roos (2020). "Heavy precipitation and asthma exacerbation risk among children: A case-crossover study using electronic health records linked with geospatial data." Environ Res 188: 109714.

Schinasi, L. H., H. Quick, J. E. Clougherty and A. J. De Roos (2019). "Greenspace and Infant Mortality in Philadelphia, PA." J Urban Health 96(3): 497-506.

Schinasi, L. H., A. H. Auchincloss, C. B. Forrest and A. V. Diez Roux (2018). "Using electronic health record data for environmental and place based population health research: a systematic review." Ann Epidemiol 28(7): 493-502.

Schinasi, L. H., T. Benmarhnia and A. J. De Roos (2018). "Modification of the association between high ambient temperature and health by urban microclimate indicators: A systematic review and meta-analysis." Environ Res 161: 168-180.

M Brouwer, Schinasi L, Beane-Freeman LE, Baldi I, Lebailly P, Nordby KC, Schuz J, Roux ML, Kromhout H. (2016) Assessment of occupational exposure to pesticides in a pooled analysis of agricultural cohorts within the AGRICOH consortium. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 73(6): 359-67.

L Schinasi, De Roos AJ, Ray RM, Edlefsen K, Parks CG, Howard B, Meliker J, Bonner M, Wallace R, LaCroix AZ. (2015) Insecticide exposure and farm history in relation to risk of lymphomas and leukemias in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) observational study cohort. Annals of Epidemiology. 25(11): 803-810.

L Schinasi, Leon Roux, M E. (2014) Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and occupational exposure to agricultural pesticide chemical groups and active ingredients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal for Environmental Epidemiology and Public Health. 11(4): 4449-527.

L Schinasi, S Wing, K L Augustino, K M Ramsey, D L Nobles, D B Richardson, P D M MacDonald, J R Stewart. (2014) A case control study of environmental and occupational exposures associated with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage in patients admitted to a rural tertiary care hospital in a high density swine region. Environmental Health.13(1): 54. Doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-54

L Schinasi, R A Horton, V T Guidry, S Wing, S W Marshall, K B Morland. (2011) Air pollution, lung function, and physical symptoms in communities near concentrated swine feeding operations. Epidemiology. 22(2):208-15.