Joan Casey

Joan Casey

Joan Casey

Low socioeconomic status and poor environmental quality track together, we must consider both to improve population health
Assistant Professor
Environmental Health Sciences


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New York NY USA 10032

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Joan A. Casey received her doctoral degree from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2014. Dr. Casey is an environmental epidemiologist who focuses on environmental health, environmental justice, and sustainability. Her research uses electronic health records and spatial statistics to study the relationship between emerging environmental exposures and population health. She also considers vulnerable populations and the implications of health disparities, particularly in an era of climate change. Dr. Casey investigates a range of exposures including unconventional natural gas and oil development, coal-fired power plants, and concentrated animal feeding operations. Dr. Casey also holds a BS in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and an MA in Applied Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University.



BS, 2008, Cornell University
MA, 2009, Columbia University
PhD, 2014, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Editorial Boards

Environmental Health Perspectives - Editorial Review Board

Areas of Expertise

E-health, Spatial Analysis, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Social Factors in Health, Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Risk Factors

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Casey JA, Gemmill A, Elser H, Karasek D, Catalano R. Sun smoke in Sweden: perinatal implications of the Laki volcanic eruptions, 1783-1784. Epidemiology 2019;30(3):330-333.

Casey JA, Goldman-Mellor S, Catalano R. Association between Oklahoma earthquakes and anxiety-related Google search episodes. Environ Epi 2018;2(e016).

Casey JA, Karasek D, Ogburn EL, Goin DE, Dang K, Braveman PA, Morello-Frosch R. Retirements of coal and oil power plants in California: association with reduced preterm birth among populations nearby. Am J Epidemiol 2018;187(8):1586-1594.

Casey JA, Morello-Frosch R, Mennitt DJ, Fristrup K, Ogburn EL, James P. Race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, residential segregation, and spatial variation in noise exposure in the contiguous United States. Environ Health Perspect 2017;125(7):077017.

Krieger EM, Casey JA, Shonkoff SBC. A framework for siting and dispatch of emerging energy resources to realize environmental and health benefits: Case study on peaker power plant displacement. Energy Policy 2016;96:302-313.

Rasmussen SG, Ogburn EL, McCormack M, Casey JA, Bandeen-Roche K, Mercer DG, Schwartz BS. Association between unconventional natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale and asthma exacerbations. JAMA Intern Med 2016;176(9):1334-43.

Casey JA, James P, Rudolph KE, Wu CD, Schwartz BS. Greenness and birth outcomes in a range of Pennsylvania communities. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2016;13(3).

Casey JA, Schwartz BS, Stewart WF, Adler N. Using electronic health records for population health research: a review of methods and applications. Ann Rev Publ Health 2015;37:61-81.

Casey JA, Kim BF, Larsen J, Price LB, Nachman KE. Industrial food animal production and community health. Curr Environ Health Rep 2015;2.

Casey JA, Curriero FC, Cosgrove SE, Nachman KE, Schwartz BS. High-density livestock operations, crop field application of manure, and risk of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in Pennsylvania. JAMA Intern Med 2013;173(21):1980-90.

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