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Collaborators and Partners

Richard Auten, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Auten is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center, and Co-Director of the Southern Center for Environmentally Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes. His research is focused on environmental inflammatory and oxidative mechanisms for disrupted pre- and postnatal human development.

For more information, visit Dr. Auten's webpage.

Lane Burgette, Associate Statistician

Lane F. Burgette is a a member of the statistics group at the RAND Corporation in the Washington, DC office.  Previously, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University. Lane completed his PhD in Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the summer of 2009. Prior to that, he studied mathematics at Whitman College. At CEHI, Lane has focused on latent variable and quantile regression models for adverse birth outcomes and flexible strategies for imputing missing data. More information on Lane's research is available at

Howard Chang, Assistant Professor

Dr. Howard Chang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. His primary research interest is in environmental epidemiology, particularly the health effects of ambient air pollution. His current projects focus on the development and application of statistical methods for analyzing complex spatio-temporal exposure and health data.

For more information, visit Dr. Chang's Website

Dennis A. Clements, MD, PhD, MPH , Chief, Primary Care Pediatrics

Dr. Dennis A. Clements is a professor of pediatrics, community and family medicine and medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He is also an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC.

For more information, visit Dr. Clements' bio page.

Richard T. Di Giulio, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Toxicology

Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Director, Superfund Basic Research Center; Director, Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program

For more information, visit Dr. Di Giulio's webpage.


Jeffrey M. Ferranti, M.D., M.S., Pediatrics / Neonatology

For more information, visit Dr. Ferranti's webpage.

Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC

For more information, visit Rebecca Fry's webpage.

Alan Gelfand, Ph.D., James B Duke Professor of Statistical Science and Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Dr. Alan Gelfand is the J.B. Duke Professor of Statistical Science and Chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences at Duke University. Dr. Gelfand's current research interests include spatial statistics, modeling and model determination, Bayesian computation, and Bayes and empirical Bayes inference.
For more information, visit Dr. Gelfand's bio page.

Simone Gray, Postdoctoral Fellow

Simone Gray is a mathematical statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Simone received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Duke University in May 2010, where she worked on environmental modeling techniques to address issues that impact disadvantaged and/or vulnerable populations.

Randall A. Kramer, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Economics and Global Health, Nicholas School of the Environment; Deputy Director, Duke Global Health Institute Duke University

Dr. Kramer’s research is focused on the economics of ecosystem services and on global environmental health. He is currently leading an interdisciplinary team using decision analysis and implementation science to evaluate the health, social and environmental impacts of alternative malaria control strategies in East Africa.

For more information, visit Randy Kramer's faculty webpage.




Edward Levin, Ph.D., Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Dr. Levin is Chief of the Neurobehavioral Research Lab in the Psychiatry Department of Duke University Medical Center. His primary academic appointment is as Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also has secondary appointments in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke. His primary research effort is to understand basic neural interactions underlying cognitive function and addiction and to apply this knowledge to better understand cognitive dysfunction and addiction disorders and to develop novel therapeutic treatments.

For more information, visit Dr. Levin's faculty webpage.

Jerry Reiter, Ph.D., Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Statistical Science

Dr. Jerry Reiter's main research interests include methods for protecting data subjects' confidentiality when sharing their data with the public, methods for handling missing data, analysis of complex surveys, and causal inference.
For more information, visit Dr. Reiter's webpage.

Heather M. Stapleton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry

Stapleton's experience lies in the fate and transformation of organic contaminants in aquatic systems and indoor environments. Her research focuses on several types of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and brominated flame retardants, with a focus on polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).
For more information, visit Heather Stapleton's webpage.

Geeta Swamy, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology

Dr. Geeta Swamy is Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center and Director of Obstetrics Clinical Research. Her research is focused on preterm birth, maternal complications of pregnancy, and maternal immunization.

For more information, visit Dr. Swamy's bio page.