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Ana V. Diez Roux
Dana and David Dornsife Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health, and Director, Drexel Urban Health Collaborative
Ana V. Diez Roux originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before joining Drexel University, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was chair of the Department of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and the study of how neighborhood physical and social environments affect health. Her research areas include social epidemiology and health disparities, environmental health effects, urban health, psychosocial factors, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, social environment–gene interactions, and the use of multilevel methods and complex systems approaches in population health. She has led large National Institutes of Health and foundation-funded research and training programs in the United States and in collaboration with various institutions in Latin America, and is currently principal investigator of the Wellcome Trust–funded SALURBAL study (Salud Urbana en América Latina/Urban Health in Latin America Study). Dr. Diez Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels, and advisory committees including the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (as chair), the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics, the Committee on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment of the International Council for Science, and the Centers for Disease Control’s Community Preventive Services Taskforce. She is currently co-chair of the Population Health Roundtable of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She has received the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health from the American Public Health Association, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology from the American College of Epidemiology, and the Rothman Career Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research. She is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Diez Roux has been an active mentor of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty from diverse backgrounds.