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Tara McAlexander, PhD, MPH

Assistant Research Professor

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University


Dr. Tara McAlexander is an environmental epidemiologist and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.

Her research centers around several themes: 1) environmental exposures (e.g., air pollution, green space, noise, industrial activities) and cardiometabolic disease, 2) methods for operationalizing highly correlated (in both space and time) environmental and community exposures in epidemiology, and 3) understanding geographic differences in chronic disease in the United States, with an emphasis on differences by rurality and urbanicity. A recent and emerging research interest relates to statistical methods for evaluating exposures to various environmental mixtures, including those in the social, built, and natural environments, in epidemiology studies.

Dr. McAlexander received her PhD from the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2019. She also holds a BA from Barnard College (2010) and an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (2012).