Veronica Vieira, D.Sc.
Dr. Veronica Vieira is an Associate Professor of Public Health at University of California, Irvine. She received her environmental engineering and public health training at MIT, Stanford, and Boston University. Her research is focused on spatiotemporal modeling of exposures in environmental epidemiology. Dr. Vieira has been an investigator with the Boston University Superfund Research Program for over 10 years where she examines the relationship between mixtures of chemical and non-chemical stressors and neurobehavioral outcomes in children. She is also involved in a study examining spatiotemporal exposure uncertainty related to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, a perfluorinated compound involved in the manufacturing of Teflon) in an Ohio River community located near a large chemical plant that emitted PFOA into the local air and water for several decades. A major focus of Dr. Vieira’s research is the spatiotemporal analysis of birth defects and infant bronchiolitis in relation to PM2.5 exposure using generalized additive models (GAM) in a geographic framework.