Presented by Jesse Berman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
University of Minnesota
Air pollution exposures are known to cause cardiovascular and respiratory related disease, but their impact on mental health outcomes is still a relatively new area of research. I will present some recent research looking at the association between acute air pollution exposure and increased aggression and violence, measured through counts of criminal behavior. My analysis uses a hierarchical model to evaluate 14-years of daily air pollution and crime data (2000-2013) across 301 U.S. counties and examines risk differences by urbanicity, socioeconomic status, race, and demographics. I will also briefly present some additional work I have done using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to better understand exposures to climate and the built urban environment.