Faculty Affiliates

Become a Swetland Center Faculty Affiliate!

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at CWRU, School of Medicine in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences is seeking to grow its network of affiliated faculty from across a variety of disciplines to further its mission to investigate the complex interplay between the environment and health.

To learn more or to apply to become a Faculty Affiliate, see the application below. 

Current Affiliates 


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Karen Abbott, PhD

Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: theoretical ecology; interactions among species and between species and environment; spatial dynamics; dynamical systems modeling 

Email: kcabbott@case.edu


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Jonathan Adler, JD

Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law; Director, Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: environmental law; energy law; advancing environmental protection of structural, constitutional, and other constraints on government action; non-governmental institutions and enhancement in environmental protection; judicial constraints on regulatory policy and decision-making; legislatures and administrative agencies and advancing environmental policy goals

Email: jha5@case.edu


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William Bush, PhD

Associate Professor for Bioinformatics, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences; Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: genetic and environmental causes of disease through statistical approaches and information resources; community-level data research

Email: wsb36@case.edu


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Aparna Bole, MD, FAAP

Medical Director, Community Integration, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Research Interests: climate change and air quality impacts on child health; sustainable and inclusive urban development and transportation systems; environmental justice; national and international healthcare; lead poisoning prevention; environmental factors influencing pediatric asthma 

Email: aparna.bole@uhhospitals.org


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Jill Clark, PhD 

Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University

Research Interests: political, civic, and community engagement; food system policy and planning; food policy council and food system governance; food democracy; food security; agricultural economic development; healthy food access; small to mid-size farms engaged in the food system 

Email: clark.1099@osu.edu


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Claudia Coulton, PhD, MSW 

Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; Founding Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, , Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: effects of neighborhood, housing, and environmental conditions on family and child wellbeing and on data-informed community change strategies

Email: claudia.coulton@case.edu


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Andrew Curtis, PhD

Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: capturing and mapping contextualized aspects of environmental health; spatial patterns of lead exposure; health improvement through exercise; GIS; access to clean water; disease risk


Email: ajc321@case.edu


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Jacqueline Curtis, PhD, MA

Co-Director, GIS Health & Hazards Lab, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: Geographic Information Science (GISc); environment-health relationships, particularly in women and children; exposure assessment; health services delivery; gene-environment interaction; developing methods for integrating local/expert knowledge

Email: jacqueline.curtis@case.edu


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Jarrod Dalton, PhD, MA 

Associate Staff, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Research Interests: understanding and integrating into clinical practice social, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect health; cardiovascular risk across the age and socioeconomic spectrum; integration of regional electronic medical record data with location-based data

Email: daltonj@ccf.org


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Daniel Lacks, PhD 

Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and C. Benson Branch; Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: incorporation of broader impacts into engineering education and research; professional development; chemical engineering with environmental health-based focus; urban gardens

Email: daniel.lacks@case.edu


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David Lounsbury, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health; Associate Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests: health services/delivery interventions; community-based interventions; prevention and control of chronic health illnesses; cancer; diabetes and obesity; HIV/AIDS; medically underserved populations; ecologically-grounded social science methodologies; systems modeling

Email: david.lounsbury@einstein.yu.edu


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Adam Perzynski, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Sociology, Center for Healthcare Research and Policy, MetroHealth; Case Western Reserve University 

Research Interests: novel strategies to eliminate health disparities; outcomes measurement over the life course; mixed methods research



Email: adam.perzynski@case.edu


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Kristie Ross, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Research Interests: interaction between airway disease, underlying sleep and pulmonary disorders; health disparities, exposures to environmental chemical, non-chemical toxins, social determinants of health, asthma, sleep disorders, physiological exposures influencing sleep and asthma outcomes

Email: kristie.ross@uhhospitals.org


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Kurt Stange, MD, PhD

Professor, Center for Community Health Integration, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: how complex environments and their interaction with human systems  and equity; primary health care practice; community and population health; practice-based research; cancer prevention and early detection; multimethod research; health promotion; disability prevention; preventive service delivery in primary medical care

Email: kcs@case.edu


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Daniel Tisch, PhD, MPH 

Director, Master of Public Health Program, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: epidemiology; international health; community-engaged research; lymphatic filariasis; malaria; schistosomiasis; design and evaluation of diagnostics, monitoring tools, and disease elimination strategies

Email: daniel.tisch@case.edu


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Colleen Walsh, PhD 

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, College of Sciences and Health Professions, Cleveland State University

Research Interests: cultural anthropology; urban environments that affect physical and social health; social capital in community gardens; nutritious food access; social aspects of food habits; racial and health equity


Email: c.c.walsh@csuohio.edu