Veronica M. Vieira

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Professor, College of Health Sciences
Public Health
Interim Director, Environmental and Occupational Health
Public Health

DSc, Boston University School of Public Health, 2003, Environmental Health

Phone: (949) 824-7017

University of California, Irvine
2084 Anteater Instruction & Research Building
653 East Peltason Drive
Mail Code: 3957
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Spatial epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, exposure modeling, GIS
Research Abstract
My research involves spatio-temporal analyses of health data for examining the contributions of known risk factors and environmental exposures to the underlying geographic pattern of disease risk. I work extensively with reconstructing historic environmental exposures using GIS and have an extensive knowledge of groundwater modeling, spatial statistics, and on persistent environmental contaminants including tetrachloroethylene (PCE, a dry-cleaning solvent), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, a perfluorinated compound (PFC) involved in the manufacturing of Teflon), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs, a common class of flame retardants). The current focus of my research is the spatio-temporal analysis of birth defects and infant morbidity in relation to air pollution using generalized additive models (GAM) in a geographic framework. As a researcher with the Boston University Superfund Research Program for the past 15 years, I investigate spatial and chemical/non-chemical patterns of cancer, reproductive outcomes, ADHD-related behaviors, and risky behaviors. In addition, I work with colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to examine geographic patterns of rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, autism spectrum disorder, and breast cancer among the participants of the Nurse’s Health Study (NHS) cohort. As a member of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, my current grant applies spatial statistics to assess geographic location as a barrier to receiving adequate ovarian cancer treatment in California. My work also includes international collaborations with researchers in France, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, and Italy.
Recent Publications (11 of 83; * indicates student or post-doc)
73. Girguis MS*, Strickland MJ, Hu X, Liu Y, Chang HH, Kloog I, Belanoff C, Bartell SM, Vieira VM (2018) Exposure to Acute Air Pollution and Risk of Bronchiolitis and Otitis Media for Preterm and Term Infants. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 28(4):348-357.
74. Khalili R*, Bartell SM, Hu X, Liu Y, Chang HH, Belanoff C, Strickland MJ, Vieira VM (2018) Early-life exposure to PM2.5 and risk of acute asthma clinical encounters among children in Massachusetts: a case-crossover analysis. Environ Health. 17(1):20.
75. Hart JE, Bertrand KA, DuPre N, James P, Vieira VM, VoPham T, Mittleman MR, Tamimi RM, Laden F (2018) Exposure to hazardous air pollutants and risk of incident breast cancer in the nurses' health study II. Environ Health. 17(1):28.
76. Aschengrau A, Gallagher LG, Winter M, Butler LJ, Patricia Fabian M, Vieira VM (2018) Modeled exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water and the risk of placenta-related stillbirths: a case-control study from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Environ Health. 17(1):58.
77. Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Wise LA, Rothman KJ, Vieira VM, Aschengrau A (2018) Exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water and time to pregnancy. Environ Res. 167:136-143.
78. Aschengrau A, Gallagher LG, Winter M, Butler L, Patricia Fabian M, Vieira VM (2018) Modeled exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water and the occurrence of birth defects: a case-control study from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Environ Health. 17(1):75.
79. VoPham T, Bertrand KA, DuPré NC, James P, Vieira VM, Tamimi RM, Laden F, Hart JE (2019) Ultraviolet radiation exposure and breast cancer risk in the Nurses' Health Study II. Environ Epidemiol. 3. pii: e057.
80. Padilla CM, Painblanc F, Soler-Michel P, Vieira VM (2019) Mapping variation in breast cancer screening: Where to intervene? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 16(13). pii: E2274.
81. Villanueva C*, Bristow RE, Chang J, Ziogas A, Vieira VM (2019) Contribution of Geographic Location to disparities in ovarian cancer treatment. JNCCN, in press.
82. Khalili R*, Bartell SM, Levy J, Fabian MP, Korrick SA, Vieira VM (2019) Using birth cohort data to estimate prenatal chemical exposures for all births around the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site in Massachusetts. Environmental Health Perspectives 127(8):87008. DOI: 10.1289/EHP4849.
83. Ribeiro AI, Santos AC, Vieira VM, Barros H (2019) Hotspots of childhood obesity in a large metropolitan area: does neighbourhood social and built environment play a part? International Journal of Epidemiology, in press.
Superfund Research Program at Boston University (NIH/NIEHS 2P42 ES007381-16A1, 2012-2020) Role: Principal Investigator at UCI, Project 2. The BU Superfund Research Program consists of a program of research and interdisciplinary training organized around five closely connected research projects that investigate the effects of specific toxic exposures in human and non-human populations exposed to complex mixtures near a Superfund site. Project 2 explores new methods for detecting and analyzing patterns of chemical and non-chemical interactions in epidemiologic data.
Spatiotemporal Analysis of Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Survival (NIH/NIMHD R01 MD009697-01A1, 2016-2020) Role: Co-Principal Investigator (MPI). The goal of the current proposal is to define the contribution of geographic location to racial and socioeconomic disparities in ovarian cancer treatment and survival. This research will contribute to our understanding of the relationship between distance to receiving care and ovarian cancer mortality and quality of care.
Professional Society
Other Experience
Associate Professor
Boston University 2010—2011

Assistant Professor
Boston University 2006—2010

Research Assistant Professor
Boston University 2005—2006

Research Scientist
Massachusetts Department Of Public Health 2003—2005

Graduate Programs
Public Health

Environmental Toxicology

Research Center
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
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