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CCCH Team

  • Robert Dubrow

    Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences); Faculty Director, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, Environmental Health Sciences

    Research Interests
    • Brain Neoplasms
    • Epidemiology
    • Glioma
    • HIV Infections
    • Climate Change
    • Global Warming

    Dr. Dubrow has been heavily involved in the educational mission of Yale School of Public Health, as well as in research. Moved by what he sees as the greatest public health challenge in this century, Dr. Dubrow has committed himself to a new direction of education, training, and research on climate change and health. He serves as Faculty Director for The Yale Center on Climate Change and Health (CCCH), which aims to 1) create a cohort of leaders dedicated to addressing climate change and health; 2) establish an educational program on climate change and health for students across the University; 3) catalyze research on climate change and health utilizing Yale’s multidisciplinary expertise to generate innovative interventions and policy prescriptions; and 4) utilize public health science to support legislative, litigative, regulatory, executive, community, and other efforts to mitigate or adapt to climate change and to achieve climate justice. Dr. Dubrow serves on the Advisory Board of Cool Effect, a program that identifies some of the best carbon emission reduction projects in the world and makes it simple for supporters to donate.

    Dr. Dubrow has taught both Principles of Epidemiology I and Principles of Epidemiology II and was chosen by the Classes of 2002, 2007, and 2012 to be Teacher of the Year. He co-Chaired the Yale School of Public Health Accreditation Advisory Committee, which oversaw the School's self-study process leading up to its successful 7-year re-accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2014.

    Historically, Dr. Dubrow's research has focused on cancer, HIV, and their intersection. Most recently, his research has focused on two distinct areas: glioma (the main form of brain cancer) and HIV-related malignancies. He is currently developing a research and public health practice program in the area of climate change and health.

  • Martin Klein

    Senior Advisor (Dean's Office) and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy); Executive Director, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, Yale School of Public Health; Director, Executive MPH, Yale School of Public Health

    Martin Klein, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Senior Advisor to the dean of the Yale School of Public Health and Director, Executive MPH, an online degree program. He is also the Executive Director of the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health. He founded and directed InnovateHealth Yale, a program in social impact and entrepreneurship, the first program of its kind at a school of public health. He previously served as the Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs at the Yale School of Public Health, and was responsible for the offices of development, alumni relations, and communications. Martin came to the School from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he was Associate Dean for Student Services and Administrative Operations. Prior to joining Yale, he was the Associate Dean for Primary Care at New York Medical College, where he co-founded and co-led the Center for Primary Care Education and Research. He was an Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine and taught a variety of topics, including managed care, medical informatics, and physician communication skills. Earlier in his career, Martin held positions with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget and the New York City Department of Health. He received his M.P.H. from Yale and his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. He completed additional training in pedagogy as a Harvard Macy Scholar.

  • Laura Bozzi

    Director of Programs

    Dr. Laura Bozzi is Director of Programs for the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health (YCCCH) where she plays a key role in broadening its online education offerings, expanding communications and community-based engagement, and developing new programs including an environmental/climate health justice clinic and a report on climate change and health in Connecticut.

    Previously, Dr. Bozzi led the Rhode Island Department of Health Climate Change Program. In that role, she worked to promote policy change, increase public awareness, and support community resilience building strategies that collectively help both mitigate climate change’s negative health impacts and promote health equity. Laura was appointed as a member to the State of Rhode Island's Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board and the Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission, and she also served as Co-Director of the New Leaders Council Rhode Island. Over her career, she has worked across the United States -- from Oregon and West Virginia to Washington, DC and Rhode Island – in environmental protection, food systems, and fisheries. Laura holds a Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.  


  • Kai Chen

    Director of Research

    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

    Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering in 2016 from Nanjing University in China. During 2014-2015, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Yale School of Public Health faculty in July 2019, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Fellow at Helmholtz Zentrum München-German Center for Environmental Health.

    Dr. Chen’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change, air pollution, and human health. His work involves applying multidisciplinary approaches in climate and air pollution sciences, exposure assessment, and environmental epidemiology to investigate how climate change may impact human health. Much of this work has been done in China, Europe, and the U.S. 

  • Jodi Sherman

    Director of Program on Environmental Sustainability in Health Care

    Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences); Director of Sustainability, Anesthesiology; Affiliated Faculty, Climate Change and Health

    Research Interests
    • Conservation of Natural Resources
    • Drug Contamination
    • Environment Design
    • Environment, Controlled
    • Environmental Pollution
    • Fresh Water
    • Public Health
    • Soil
    • Equipment Reuse
    • Greenhouse Effect
    • Ecosystem
    • Environmental Medicine
    • Carbon Footprint
    • Environmental Policy
    • Patient Harm
    • Chemicals and Drugs
    • Health Care

    Jodi Sherman is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health where she also serves as the founding director of the Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability of the Yale Center for Climate Change and Health. She also serves as the Medical Director of Sustainability for Yale New Haven Health.  Dr. Sherman is an internationally recognized researcher in the emerging field of sustainability in healthcare.  Her research interest is in life cycle assessment (LCA) of environmental emissions, human health impacts, and economic impacts of drugs, devices, clinical care pathways, and health systems. Her work seeks to establish sustainability metrics, paired with health outcomes and costs, to help guide clinical decision-making, professional behaviors, and public policy toward more ecologically sustainable practices to improve the quality, safety and value of clinical care. Dr. Sherman routinely collaborates with environmental engineers, epidemiologists, toxicologists, health economists, health administrators, health professionals, and sustainability professionals. 

  • Program Administrator

    Climate Health Program Administrator

    Mauro Diaz-Hernandez joined the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health after working for Williams College's Maritime Studies Program in admissions, enrollment, and logistics-planning, and Higher Edge, a college access and retention non-profit, assisting first-generation students to and through the college application process and to graduation. As a first-generation student himself, he understands the importance of community building and involvement, and creating support networks for students and activists. He is a volunteer EMT and an active participant in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, finding ways to engage communities in discussions on climate change and health issues. An MPH candidate at the University of Connecticut, his interests include climate change and health, environmental health, rural health, environmental justice, ecological restoration, regenerative agriculture, food access and security, and finding solutions to food waste issues.

  • ​Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability Coordinator​, Center for Climate Change and Health

  • Holly Burrows

    Student Associate Program Student Coordinator, Yale Center for Climate Change and Health

    Holly is in her second year at the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. She is currently working on tick and Lyme disease surveillance, and is generally interested in One Health, zoonotic diseases, and the impact of climate change on infectious diseases.

     

  • Lingzhi Chu

    Pre-doctoral Fellow, Climate Change and Health

    Lingzhi Chu is a doctoral student in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests include characterizing risks to human health from weather exposure (e.g. temperature and humidity) with climate change. Lingzhi has a background in environmental science and engineering, climate change modeling and epidemiology, and she is also broadly interested in the interactive relationship between urbanization and climate change.

  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Climate Change and Health

    Jazmín is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Her research interests include natural disasters and extreme weather events, and their impact on maternal and child health. With an interest in inclusive resilient adaptation measures to urban heat, she is passionate about community-based interventions and the integration of inclusive language in reproductive health. Jazmín graduated from the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus with an MPH in Environmental Health.

  • Yara El-Khatib

    Policy Impact Unit Research Assistant, Climate Change and Health

    Yara El-Khatib is a senior in Yale College studying Global Affairs and Global Health Studies. She is particularly interested in the health impacts of climate crises, especially on vulnerable populations, like refugees and the disabled. For example, she has researched the morbidity, mortality, and management of NCDs following natural disasters and hopes to gain more perspectives on these issues–and others in climate change and health–through the Student Associates program! Outside of academics, Yara sings a cappella, plays on the ultimate frisbee team, advocates for the representation of Middle Eastern and North African students on campus, and leads First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT).

  • Nicholas Elton

    Sustainability Committee Student Coordinator, Yale School of Public Health

    Nicholas Elton is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. His current research area focuses on extreme heat, cooling centers, and affected vulnerable populations. Other general interests include impacts of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, environmental sustainability, and One Health. 

  • Sappho Gilbert

    Pre-doctoral Fellow, Climate Change and Health

    Sappho Gilbert is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Yale Center on Climate Change & Health and doctoral candidate in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.  Her research interests include mental wellness, community health, food security, nutrition, and climate change in the Arctic.  Through her work in these areas, she aims to also address salient issues of humanitarian health, human rights, indigenous rights, and ethics.  Sappho earned her Master’s in Public Health from Dartmouth College and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in political science.

  • Yiqun Ma

    Pre-doctoral Fellow, Climate Change and Health

    Yiqun Ma is a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in the intersection of climate change, air pollution, and human health, such as heat-related cause-specific mortality and the effects of air pollution on mental health. She also hopes to learn more about the exposure assessment of air pollution and air temperature. Yiqun holds a Bachelor of Management Sciences from Zhejiang University, China.

  • Martin Tipton

    Policy Impact Unit Research Assistant, Climate Change and Health

    Martin is a senior in Yale College studying mechanical engineering. He wants to use his STEM background to build rigorous, data driven, climate change policies. He was able to begin doing this through a YCCCH clinic where he worked on a research project highlighting the importance of public health and equity in emission mitigation policies. He hopes to continue exploring the intersection of these topics at the YCCCH this year and after graduation.

  • Pin Wang

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Pin Wang earned his Ph.D. degree in Public Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016. Prior to joining the Yale School of Public Health, Dr.Wang served as a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Public Health and Primary Care, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He participated in several projects on environmental epidemiology, such as short-term associations between weather variations and certain enteric infectious diseases, the long-term impact of urban built environment on mortality in a densely populated setting, and projecting future temperature-related mortality in the 21st century using annual data under different climate change scenarios. His primary research interests include the impact of both short-term weather variations and long-term climate change on population health, the interaction of human adaptation, statistical methodology in environmental epidemiology modeling, the interplay between climate change and air pollution and its impact on health, and climate justice.