Leah Schinasi

Headshot of Fellow Leah Schinasi

Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fellowship Project: “Extreme heat, associated adverse health outcomes, and barriers to heat-health protective behaviors in restaurant and service workers and managers in Philadelphia, PA”

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 strategic council member of the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity at Drexel University.

Currently, Leah conducts research at the intersection of climate change, climate adaptation, health, and environmental justice. Among her recent research projects are a study elucidating optimal upper thresholds for safe residential indoor temperatures and energy-efficient and health promoting housing interventions within the context of extreme heat conditions, and an investigation of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in occupational heat exposure. She is also interested in the role of social, political, and cultural systems in shaping the perceptions, use, and successes of environmental health interventions, and in understanding best practices for conducting ethical community engaged research.

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