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Jennifer M. Cavallari, Sc.D., C.I.H.

Assistant Professor, Community Medicine and Health Care
Academic Office Location:
Department of Community Medicine
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Outpatient Pavilion, S7313
Farmington, CT 06030-8077-8077
Phone: 860-679-4720
Fax: 860-679-1349
Email: cavallari@uchc.edu
Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
Sc.D.Harvard School of Public HealthOccupational Epidemiology
M.S.Harvard School of Public HealthIndustrial Hygiene
B.S.University of ConnecticutChemistry

Post-Graduate Training
TrainingInstitutionSpecialty
PostdoctoralHarvard School of Public HealthOccupational Epidemiology and Exposure Assessment

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Post-Doctoral National Research Service Award, Environmental EpidemiologyNational Institute of Environmental Health Science
Best Poster by Young Investigator 19th International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health
19th Annual Conference Travel Scholarship AwardInternational Society for Environmental Epidemiology
Pre-Doctoral National Research Service Award, Occupational EpidemiologyNational Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Student Poster Award at the ISEE/ISEA 18th Annual ConferenceInternational Society for Environmental Epidemiology
John F. and Virginia B. Taplin FellowshipHarvard School of Public Health
Albert Schweitzer FellowshipHarvard School of Public Health
Instructor, 2013- present
University of Connecticut Health Center
Occupational and Environmental Health: Exposures, Risks and Prevention
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

Instructor, 2008-present
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Epidemiology of Environmental & Occupational Health Regulations

Lecturer, 2011-2012
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology
Dr. Cavallari uses her skills in exposure assessment and industrial hygiene to evaluate exposure pathways including inhalation and dermal exposure routes. She is also interested in the use of biomarkers both as measures of exposure and preclinical markers of disease, especially cardiovascular disease. She has taken an active role on numerous exposure and health studies, including characterizing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposures in asphalt paving and examining the cardiovascular health effects from occupational and environmental particulate matter exposures. Current research projects include evaluating exposure to diesel exhaust among truck terminal workers, identifying the cardiovascular responses to second hand smoke exposures among construction workers, exposure characterization and evaluating adoption process among custodians using green cleaning, and understanding the cardiovascular effects of noise exposures.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Epidemiology
    Cavallari JM, Eisen EA, Wegman DH, O’Neill MS. Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury 2010 Jan;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Advancing health and well-being in the aging workforce.TalkConnOSHA Breakfast Roundtable2015Wethersfield, CT
Green Cleaning in your home and officeTalkConnectiCOSH Annual Convention2014Farmington, CT
Understanding and addressing the needs of the aging workforceTalkConnecticut River Valley Industrial Hygiene Association Annual Conference2014
Effects of training on custodians' satisfaction and acceptance of environmentally preferable products.PosterAmerican Public Health Association Annual Meeting2014
Building Partnerships for Healthier Connecticut Workers: The Occupational Safety and Health Core Interest Group (OSH-CIG) of UConn HealthPosterUMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science 4th Annual Symposium2014Worchester, MA
Acute Effects of Second Hand Tobacco Smoke Exposure on Inflammatory Cytokine and Adhesion Molecule Levels in Construction WorkersPosterFlight Attendant's Medical Research Institute Symposium2014Miami, FL
Biologically relevant exposure assessment: Panel studies among construction workersTalkYale University, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic2013
Toenail metals as a biomarker for metal exposures in welders.PosterConference of ISEE, ISES and ISIAQ2013Basel, Switzerland
Effects of second hand tobacco smoke exposure on heart rate variability and inflammation among construction workers.Poster23rd Conference on Epidemiology on Occupational Health EPICOH2013Utrecht, Netherlands
Exposure Assessment in the Harvard Trucking StudiesTalkDrexel University2012Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Biologically Relevant Exposure Assessment: Panel Studies Among Construction WorkersTalkUniversity of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Community Medicine2012Farmington, Connecticut
Cardiovascular Autonomic Responses to Welding Fume Exposures Among Boilermaker Construction Workers and HRV Responses to Short-Term, Controlled Noise Exposures in Healthy VolunteersTalkWorkshop 2012: Heart Rate Variability and Noise - Methodological Challenges2012University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Inflammatory Effects of Secondhand Tobacco Smoke in Non-Smoking Construction Workers.TalkFlight Attendants Medical Research Institute, Tenth Scientific Symposium2012Miami, Florida
Biologically Relevant Exposure Assessment: Panel Studies Among Construction WorkersTalkHarvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health2012Boston, Massachusetts
Panel Studies Among Construction Workers: Biomarkers for Environmental Epidemiology.TalkUniversity of Massachusetts2012Lowell, Massachusetts
Toenail Metals as a Biomarker for Cumulative PM Metal Exposures in Welders.OtherX2012: 7th International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment2012Edinburgh, Scotland
Characterization and Evaluation of Variability in Current Exposure Levels in the US Trucking Industry. OtherX2012: 7th International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment2012Edinburgh, Scotland
Exposure Routes and Job Characteristics Associated With Biomarkers of Polycyclic Aromatic Compound Exposure Among Asphalt Paving Workers. OtherX2012: 7th International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment2012Edinburgh, Scotland
Panel Studies Among Construction Workers: Biomarkers for Environmental EpidemiologyTalkBrown University, Department of Epidemiology2011Providence, Rhode Island
Inflammatory Effects of Second Hand Tobacco Smoke and Welding Fume Exposures in Construction Workers. Other139th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting2011Washington D.C.
Predictors of Dermal Exposures to Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds Among Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Workers.Other5th International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Exposure of 2011Toronto, Canada
Field Investigations of the Cardiovascular Effects of Metal-Rich Particle Exposures.TalkBrown University, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine2010Providence, Rhode Island
Cardiovascular Responses to Welding Fume Exposures Among Boilermaker Construction Workers. TalkBoston University School of Public Health2010Boston, MA
Inhalation Exposure Monitoring of Asphalt Paving Workers: Preliminary Baseline Results with Emphasis on Polycyclic Aromatic Compound ContentTalkInternational Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds2009Charleston, South Carolina
Polycyclic Aromatic Compound Metabolites in Urine of Asphalt Paving Workers; Preliminary Results of Baseline Conditions Only.OtherInternational Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds2009Charleston, South Carolina
Dermal Monitoring of Asphalt Paving Workers: Preliminary Baseline Results.TalkInternational Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds2009Charleston, South Carolina
Pilot Study for the Investigation of Inhalation and Dermal Exposure Using Levels of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (PAC) and PAC Metabolites in the Urine of Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Workers.OtherInternational Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds2009Charleston, South Carolina
Partnerships, Processes and Study Design to Investigate the Contribution of Inhalation and Dermal Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds and Related Metabolites in the Urine of Hot-Mix Asphalt Workers.OtherInternational Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds2009Charleston, South Carolina
Characterization of Particle Mass and Number Concentrations During WeldingPosterX2009: Innovations in Exposure Assessment Conference2009Boston, Massachusetts
Mexico City Traffic-Related Air Pollution Exposures and Changes in Heart Rate Variability in a Young Population.OtherInternational Society for Environmental Epidemiology 20th International Con2008Pasadena, California
Ventricular Ectopic Beats in Boilermaker Construction Workers Exposed to Metal Rich Fine Particles.Other20th International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICO2008Costa Rica
20th International Conference: Modification by Vascular Function of Particulate Associated Declines in Heart Rate Variability Among WeldersOtherScientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health 2008Costa Rica
19th International Conference: Ventricular Arrhythmia Events in Boilermaker Construction Workers Exposed to Metal Rich Fine Particles. OtherScientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health 2007Banff, Canada
19th International Conference: Circadian Variation of Heart Rate Variability Following Metal-Rich Fine Particulate Exposures in Boilermaker Construction Workers. PosterScientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health 2007Banff, Canada
19th International Conference: The Time Course of Changes in Heart Rate Variability Subsequent to Metal-Rich Workday Particulate Exposures. PosterInternational Society for Environmental Epidemiology 2007Mexico City, Mexico
19th International Conference: Blood Markers of Endothelial Function and Occupational Exposure to Metal-Rich Particulate MatterPosterInternational Society for Environmental Epidemiology 2007Mexico City, Mexico
Fine Particulate Metal Exposures and Night Heart Rate Variability: Application of Energy Adjustment Methods. PosterSociety for Epidemiologic Research Annual Conference2007Boston, Massachusetts
Vascular Responses to Metal-Rich Particulate Matter: Acute Changes in Arterial Stiffness among Welders.PosterSociety for Epidemiologic Research Annual Conference2007Boston, Massachusetts
18th International Conference: Particulate Exposures and Heart Rate Variability during Sleep among Boilermaker Construction WorkersPosterInternational Society for Environmental Epidemiology 2006Paris, France
Cardiovascular Effects of Occupational and Environmental Particulate Exposures.PosterAmerican Thoracic Society International Conference2006San Diego, California
Measurement of Indirect Personal Chemical Exposures in a Batch Chemical Manufacturing FacilityPosterAmerican Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition2004Atlanta, Georgia
Industrial Hygiene Experiences of a Polaroid Intern.TalkNew England Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association2003Natick, Massachusetts
131st Annual Meeting: Surveillance of Occupational Silicosis in CaliforniaPosterAmerican Public Health Association 2003San Francisco, California
Construction Related Non-Fatal Falls in CaliforniaPoster3rd Annual National Occupational Injury Research Symposium2003Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania