Brian Leaderer, MPH, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences) and Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Co-Director, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology (CPPEE) | Environmental Health Sciences | YSPH Global Health Concentration

Yale Institute for Global Health

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Brian Leaderer is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health and he is Professor at the Yale School Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is the Co-Director of the Yale Center of Perinatal, Pediatric & Environmental Epidemiology (the Yale CPPEE, or the "Center"). In his role as the Deputy Dean at the Yale School of Public Health for over 14 years (during which he was also Interim Dean for 2 years), he oversaw Faculty Affairs including the Appointments and Promotion Committee and Faculty Mentoring Program. He has served on several Committees and Review Panels (NRC, EPA, HEI, etc.). 

Dr. Leaderer's research interests, resulting in over 300 publications, are interdisciplinary in nature with a focus on assessing exposures (measured and modeled) to air contaminants (indoor and outdoor) and assessing the health impact resulting from those exposures in epidemiological studies. Over the past 25 years he has been a Principal Investigator on several large epidemiologic based grants (R01s) centered on the role of environmental and genetic factors on the respiratory health of children with particular attention to their role in the development of asthma and asthma severity.  He has collaborated with colleagues from several disciplines at the Yale CPPEE for over 25 years on several epidemiologic studies examining the impact of pollutants on perinatal and pediatric outcomes. With funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, he investigated the relationship between exposures to indoor levels of nitrogen dioxide, traffic contaminants and the exacerbation of asthma in 1,401 children (in the STAR Study).  The findings of from this study resulted in another NIH-funded grant to conduct a double-blind, randomized control, triple cross-over design intervention trial in urban homes of asthmatic children to examine the efficacy of reducing exposure to indoor levels of PM2.5 and NO2 on reducing asthma severity.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University, Environmental Epidemiology (1975)
MPH Yale University, Environmental Health (1971)

Honors & Recognition

  • The Crosby Field Award for the best paper published by ASHRAE during 1983 and its contribution to the Society's technical literature.ASHRAE (1983)

Professional Service

  • Winslow Medal Committee, Yale School of Public Health, School of Medicine (2012 - Present) Chair

  • Yale School of Public Health Centennial Planning Committee (2010 - 2015) Chair

  • NIAID, Inner City Asthma Consortium External Scientific Advisory Group (2009 - Present) Member

  • Special Panel on air Toxins, Health Effects Institute (2006 - 2007) Member

  • Special Panel on Traffic, Health Effects Institute (2006 - 2007) Member

  • WHO Working Group, Systematic Review of Air Pollution to support the Clean Air for Europe EC effort (2003 - 2005) Member

  • NIH-NIEHS Special Emphasis Panel (2003 - 2004) Member

  • Co-Chair, Reaccreditation Committee, Yale School of Public Health (2000 - Present) Chair

  • Health Review Committee, Health Effects Institute (HEI) (1999 - 2007) Member

  • External Advisory Committee, New York University Particle Matter Research Center (1999 - 2004) Member

  • External Advisory Board, NIEHS Development Center, University of New Mexico (1999 - 2004) Member

  • Scientific Advisory Panel, Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxic Research Center (1999 - 2004) Member

  • Data Safety and Monitoring Board, Inner-City Asthma Study, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transportation of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) (1999 - 2002) Member

  • Health Effects Institute Research Review Committee (1995 - 2005) Reviewer

  • Harvard Superfund Research Advisory Committee, Harvard School of Public Health (1993 - 2002) Member

  • Several advisory groups for the U.S. EPA (1991 - Present) Member

  • Board of Directors of International Society of Exposure Analysis (1989 - Present) Member

  • Several World Health Organization Committees on Indoor Air Quality including Biological Contaminants and Combustion Source Contaminants (1988 - Present) Member

  • Science Advisory Board, U.S. EPA; Board Committees: Review of Clinical Research Program, Exposure Assessment Committee, Future Research Needs in the '90s, Health Research Needs and Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committees, Indoor Air Quality and Total Human Exposure Assessment Committee (1985 - Present) Member


  • Scientific Advisor, National Institute for Environmental Health and Related Product Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention Beijing, China (2014 - 2019)

  • Interim Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health New Haven, United States (2013 - 2014)

  • Member, Inner-City Asthma Consortium External Scientific Advisory Committee (NIAID) Bethesda, United States (2011)

  • Deputy Dean/Vice Chair, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, United States (2006 - 2016)

  • Member, Health Effects Institute Review Committee Boston, United States (2001 - 2011)

  • Fellow, John B. Pierce Laboratory New Haven, United States (1991)

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Brian Leaderer, MPH, PhD
Office Location
Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology (CPPEE)1 Church Street, Ste 6th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Environmental Health SciencesPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology (CPPEE)