Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Dr. Peters’ research has focused on the effects of environmental pollutants on cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment in older adults and on respiratory disease in children. Her research has a unique component in that it explores the complex interactions between physical environmental factors and social determinants of health. She has evaluated the interactive effects of lead exposure and psychosocial factors on incident hypertension and cognition in older adult males. She is involved in research on approaches for determining cumulative risk from chemical and non-chemical stressors in relation to hypertension.
Dr. Peters is currently leading research efforts funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Aviation Administration evaluating the long-term health impacts of noise exposure. Specifically, her two studies aim to expand our understanding of the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and cardiovascular disease by linking noise exposure data for multiple airports, years and metrics with existing longitudinal health cohorts for which detailed individual data and high geographical and temporal resolution address information are available. Results from these studies can inform decisions regarding aircraft noise levels that merit intervention.