Christina Fuller, SC.D.

Headshot of Fellow Christina FullerAssociate Professor
College of Engineering
University of Georgia

“I am dedicated to a productive academic career in which my research takes a comprehensive approach to examining and understanding the multifaceted nature of environmental health disparities. Through my work in corporate, academic and community settings I have seen inequities in the burden of environmental hazards on minority and marginalized communities. The JPB Fellowship provides the opportunity to build my knowledge and skills to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between exposures and health and become a better researcher and advocate in local communities.”

Fellowship Project: Environmental Health Interactions: Examining the Effect of Air Pollution, Stress and Socioeconomics on Cardiovascular Health

Christina H. Fuller is an Associate Professor in the University of Georgia College of Engineering. Dr. Fuller works in the field of air quality exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology.  Currently she is a co-investigator with the Environmental Health Core of the School of Public Health’s Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research (CoEx). Her research interests include outdoor air pollution, the effects of air pollution on lung and heart health, community-engaged research, urban health and environmental justice. Dr. Fuller has worked providing technical assistance and advocacy directly with community groups on environmental issues in New York City, Boston and Atlanta.  In Boston, she was a member of the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH) a multi-year study funded by NIH to understand the relationship between highway pollution and cardiovascular disease.  She has headed several projects at GSU to characterize relationships between air quality, transportation and demographic  factors in the Atlanta area. Currently, she is co-investigator of a CDC-GSU funded study to examine the environmental and health impacts of the Atlanta Beltline, one of the largest urban revitalization projects currently underway in the United States. She is an alumna of Northwestern University where she earned her BS in environmental engineering.  She received her MS and ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Research Expertise

Dr. Fuller has training in environmental engineering and environmental health. She is adept at measurement of particulate and gaseous air pollutants and characterizing differences in concentration over space and time.  Her expertise covers both outdoor and indoor environments. Although the majority of her time is dedicated to air quality she also has experience measuring lead in soil and dust, water quality and chemistry and indoor pesticide concentrations. She also has extensive training in epidemiologic methods. She uses statistical programs including SAS and R in data analysis. Dr. Fuller has also worked as a staff member for several community based organizations on environmental and health issues including lead poisoning, asthma, transportation and air quality.  As a researcher she has utilized community- based participatory methods to conduct research informed by and in partnership with local communities.

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