Richard Clapp, UMass Lowell Adjunct Professor

Richard Clapp, D.Sc.

Adjunct Professor

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Wannalancit Mill, 5th floor

Research Interests

Occupational and environmental epidemiology of cancer and other illnesses.

Use of epidemiologic information in legal and regulatory settings; I have provided expert testimony in Court and regulatory proceedings.

Developing and promoting sustainable production and a cancer-free economy. I work with colleagues in unions, community organizations and environmental advocacy organizations to promote healthy workplaces and communities.


  • D.Sc., Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, 1989
  • M.P.H., Health Services, Harvard School of Public Health, 1974
  • A.B., Biology, Dartmouth College, 1967


An epidemiologist with more than forty years experience in public health practice, teaching and consulting, Richard (Dick) Clapp is a both an Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has been part of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production staff since 2004. His research projects at UMass Lowell focus on analyzing data related to environmental and occupational causes of cancer and other diseases. He guest lectures in courses at Boston University School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health and UMass Lowell. He served as Director of the Massachusetts Cancer Registry from 1980-1989 and former Co-Chair of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility. He has published more than eighty articles, reviews and book chapters and edited a book entitled "From Critical Science to Solutions." Dr. Clapp received an award for “Science for the Benefit of Environmental Health” in 2006 from the Toxics Action Center and the "Research Integrity Award" in 2008 from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. He frequently speaks to community groups and participates in advisory committees to government agencies and academic institutions.