• Occupational and environmental epidemiology of cancer, non-malignant respiratory disease, and other illnesses.
• Improving epidemiologic methods: particularly the use of quantitative exposure data in epidemiology. I have been particularly interested in the use of dosimetric models to better understand the effects of aerosols on the lungs.
• Epidemiologic research for setting health and environmental policy. I have been active in writing and teaching about the role of science in public policy particularly decision making under uncertainty.
• Developing and promoting sustainable production. I direct the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
, which collaborates with industries, government agencies, unions, and community organizations on the redesign of systems of production to make them healthier and more environmentally sound.
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Medical Center Department of Family and Community Medicine, Environmental Health Program, 1986 - 1987
Sc.D., Epidemiology and Occupational Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 1986
Sc.M., Physiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 1983
B.Sc., Human Biology, University of Wisconsin, 1977
David Kriebel received his master’s degree in physiology/occupational health (1983) and doctorate in epidemiology (1986) from the Harvard School of Public Health. He did post-doctoral work on exposure assessment for epidemiology with Dr. Tom Smith at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and spent a year as a scholar in residence at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Cancer in Florence, Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship. Since 1988, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he holds the rank of full Professor. Dr. Kriebel is also the Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, which collaborates with industries, government agencies, unions, and community organizations on the redesign of systems of production to make them healthier and more environmentally sound. He has won several teaching awards for his courses in epidemiology and biostatistics as well as occupational and environmental health. He also frequently speaks to community groups and participates in advisory committees on the role of science in democratic decision making, particularly in cancer prevention. Dr. Kriebel’s research focuses on the epidemiology of occupational injuries, cancer, and non-malignant respiratory disease. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles and co-authored two textbooks: Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology with Harvey Checkoway and Neil Pearce (Oxford University Press 2004), and A Biologic Approach to Environmental Assessment and Epidemiology, with Thomas J. Smith (Oxford University Press, 2010).
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