Program Directors

Dr. Jack Spengler, Director
spengler@hsph.harvard.edu

John Spengler, Ph.D., is the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as Director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard Extension School. He has conducted research on indoor and outdoor air pollution health effects and a variety of sustainability issues. Spengler is a member of Harvard’s Greenhouse Gases Executive Committee. He served on the National Academies’ NRC committee “Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning” (Chair) and the IOM committee on “Effect of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality and Public Health” (Chair). In 2003, Spengler received a Heinz Award for the Environment, and an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark.

Dr. Laura Kubzansky, Co-Director
lkubzans@hsph.harvard.edu

Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D., M.P.H. is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Society and Health Psychophysiology Laboratory at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness. Dr. Kubzansky received her Ph.D. (social psychology) from the University of Michigan, and completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in social epidemiology as well as a M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kubzansky has published extensively on the role of psychological and social factors in health, with a particular focus on the effects of stress and emotion on heart disease. Widely recognized for her work demonstrating that emotions play an important role in the development of a number of disease outcomes including cardiovascular disease, lung function decline, and cancer, she is a frequent speaker on the topic. She also conducts research on whether stress, emotion and other psychological factors may help to explain the relationship between social status and health. Other research projects and interests include studying the biological mechanisms linking emotions, social relationships, and health; relationships between early childhood environments, resilience, and healthy aging; how interactions between stress and environmental exposures (e.g., lead, air pollution) may influence health; pathways by which education and cognitive performance may influence adult mental and physical health outcomes over the life course. She was recently elected to Fellow Status in the American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She has served as Senior Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson funded Positive Health Research program, as a member of the Healthy People 2020 Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being Workgroup, and of the American Heart Association, Science of Well-Being Expert Panel. She is PI or co-investigator on a wide variety of grants funded through the Veterans Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, EPA, NIH and others.

Dr. Marc Weisskopf, Co-Director
mweissko@hsph.harvard.edu

Marc G. Weisskopf, Ph.D., Sc.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Weisskopf received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco, his Sc.D. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. His neuroscience work focused on molecular and cellular aspects of neural signaling and plasticity at the mossy fiber synapse of the hippocampus and cortical inputs to the amygdala. His epidemiological expertise and research focuses on neurological function and disease—including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive function, psychiatric conditions, and Autism—with a particular emphasis on the role of environmental factors.

Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz, Advisor

Gary Adamkiewicz, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Adamkiewicz received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his M.P.H. in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests span a broad range, linked by the common factor of importance of place in environmental and public health. Dr. Adamkiewicz seeks to shed more light on this question through several research initiatives: looking at housing-related exposure disparities, evidence-based intervention tactics, healthy urbanization, and food in our future.