Jennifer L. Peel, Ph.D.
Phone: (970) 491-6391
Fax: (970) 491-2940
Office: 152 Environmental Health Building
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease states in populations. Epidemiologists study a diverse range of health conditions as well as the impact that various exposures have on the manifestation of disease. The objectives of epidemiology include identifying the etiology or cause of a disease, determining the extent of disease found in the community, studying the natural history and prognosis of disease, evaluating preventive and therapeutic measures, and providing a foundation for developing public policy and making regulatory decisions.
Dr. Peel's research focuses on environmental epidemiology, specifically the health effects of ambient air pollution. Her primary research focus is to examine the occurrence of respiratory, cardiovascular, and adverse birth outcomes in relation to ambient air pollutants, including species and sources and fine and coarse particulate matter. Additionally, Dr. Peel has conducted projects in Honduras and Nicaragua examining the impacts of improved indoor biomass cook stoves on air pollution exposure and health. Dr. Peel has served as an invited reviewer and writer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency national air quality integrated science assessment for nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulate matter, and carbon monoxide, and is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Peel JL, Klein M, Flanders WD, Clark ML, Mulholland JA, Tolbert PE. Impact of Improved Air Quality During the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games on Multiple Cardiovascular and Respiratory Outcomes. In preparation, 2010.
Peel JL, Tolbert PE., Klein M, Metzger KB, Flanders WD, Mulholland JA, Freed G. Ambient air pollution and cardiorespiratory events in high-risk infants on home monitors. Under review, Environmental Health Perspectives, 2010.
Smith KR, Peel JL. Mind the Gap. Under review, Environmental Health Perspectives, 2010.
Clark ML, Bazemore H, Reynolds SJ, Volckens J, Heiderscheidt J, Conway S, Peel JL. Baseline assessment of indoor air pollution and health status among Nicaragua women using indoor biomass stoves. Submitted, Environmental Health Perspectives, 2010.
Gilkey DP, Keefe TJ, Peel JL, Kassab, OM, Kennedy CA Psychosocial Stressors and Back Pain Among College Students. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, in press, 2009.
Heuscher, Z., Gilkey, D., Peel, J., Kennedy, C. The Association of self-reported backpack use and backpack weight with low back pain among college students. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, in press, 2009.
Peel JL, Klein M, Flanders WD, Mulholland JA, Tolbert PE. 2010. Impact of Improved Air Quality During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta on Multiple Cardiovascular and Respiratory Outcomes. HEI Research Report 148. Health Effects Institute, Boston, MA.
Clark ML, Reynolds SJ, Burch JB, Conway S, Bachand AM, Peel JL. Indoor air pollution, cookstove quality, and housing characteristics in two Honduran communities. Environmental Research 2010; 110:12-18.
Clark ML, Peel JL, Burch JB, Nelson TL, Robinson MM, Conway S, Bachand AM, Reynolds SJ. Impact of improved cookstoves on indoor air pollution and adverse health effects among Honduran women. Internation Journal of Environmental Health Research, Advance Access, August 2009; DOI: 10.1080/09603120902842705.
Donovan, RM, Nelson TL, Peel JL, Lipsey TL, Voyles W, Israel RG. C-reactive protein and the metabolic syndrome are inversely associated with cardiorespiratory fitness in firefighters. Journal of Occupational Medicine, Advance Access, July 2009; doi:10.1093/occmed/kqp095.
Tolbert PE, Klein M, Peel JL, Sarnat, SE, Sarnat JA. Multipollutant modeling issues in a study of ambient air quality and emergency department visits in Atlanta. J Exp Sci Environ Epidemiol 2007;17:S29-S35.
Metzger KB, Klein M, Flanders WD, Peel JL, Mulholland. JA, Langberg JJ, Tolbert PE. Ambient air pollution and tachyarrhythmic events in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Epidemiology 2007;18(5):585-92.
Peel JL, Metzger KB, Klein M, Flanders WD, Mulholland JA, Tolbert PE. Ambient air pollution and cardiovascular emergency department visits in potentially sensitive populations. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2007;165:625-633.
Wade KS, Mulholland JA, Marmur A, Russell AG, Hartsell B, Edgerton E, Klein M, Waller L, Peel JL, Tolbert PE. Effects of Instrument Precision and Spatial Variability on the Assessment of the Temporal Variation of Ambient Air Pollution in Atlanta, Georgia. J Air Waste Management Assoc. 2006;56:876-888.
Peel JL, Tolbert PE, Klein M, Metzger K, Flanders WD, Todd K, Mulholland J, Ryan PB, Frumkin H. Ambient air pollution and respiratory emergency department visits. Epidemiology 2005;16: 164-174.
Metzger KB, Tolbert PE, Klein M, Peel JL, Flanders WD, Todd K, Mulholland JA, Ryan PB, Frumkin, H
Ambient air pollution and cardiovascular emergency department visits. Epidemiology 2004;15: 46-56.
Baker DW, Gazmararian JA, Williams MV, Scott T, Parker RM, Green D, Ren J, Peel J. Health literacy and use of outpatient physician services by Medicare managed care enrollees. J Gen Intern Med 2004;19:215-20.
Gazmararian JA, Williams MW, Baker DW, Peel J. Health literacy and patient knowledge of chronic diseases. Patient Education and counseling. 2003;51: 267-75.
Baker DW, Gazmararian JA, Williams MV, Scott T, Parker RM, Green D, Ren J, Peel J. Functional health literacy and the risk of hospital admission among Medicare managed care enrollees. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92: 1278-1283.
Waller EK, Rosenthal H, Jones TW, Peel J, Lonial S, Langston A, Redel I, Jurickova I, Boyer MW. Larger numbers of CD4bright dendritic cells in donor bone marrow are associated with increased relapse after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Blood 2001;97:2948-2956.
Tolbert PE, Klein M, Metzger KB, Peel J, Flanders WD, Todd K, Mulholland JA, Ryan PB, Frumkin H. Interim results of the Study of Particulates and Health in Atlanta (SOPHIA). Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology 2000;20:446-460.
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Mailing AddressEnvironmental & Radiological Health Sciences