Virginia Rauh, ScD

Virginia Rauh, ScD, MSW, has been working in the field of perinatal epidemiology since 1982. Her expertise is in the area of low birth weight and preterm delivery, particularly with respect to socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations. She has been principal investigator on numerous major research projects, including a randomized intervention trial for low birth weight infants, a multi-site study of lifestyles in pregnancy, a study of developmental outcomes of children born to inner-city adolescent mothers, a multi-level analysis of the impact of Head Start on New York City school children, a study of the effects of air pollutants on pregnant women and their children, and a study of links between race, stressors, and preterm birth. Dr. Rauh’s   work focuses on the adverse impact of exposure to air pollutants, including second hand smoke and pesticides; on pregnancy and child health; and the susceptibility of disadvantaged populations to environmental hazards. She is working with other Columbia faculty to study the effects of the World Trade Center disaster on pregnant women and newborns. She is primary instructor for the Child Health course within the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health. In addition, Dr. Rauh is an affiliated faculty member for the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program, and is currently directing an initiative to integrate air quality and socio-demographic information in New York City.

Honors & Awards:
Research Career Development Award, NIH NICHD; 1994

Selected Publications:

Rauh VA, Landrigan PJ, Claudio L. "Housing and Health: Intersection of Social and Physical exposures. Special issue: Reducing the Impact of Poverty on health and Human Development: Scientific Approaches" Annals of the NY Academy of Medicine 1136 276-288 2008

Culhane JF. Rauh VA. Goldenberg RL. ", bacterial vaginosis, and the role of immune processes" Current Infectious Disease Reports 8(6) 459-464 2006

Rauh V, Garfinkel R, Perera FP, Andrews H, Barr D, Whitehead D, Tang D, Whyatt RM ". Impact of prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure on neurodevelopment in the first three years of life among inner-city children" Pediatrics 118 e1845-e1859 2006

Jedrychowski W. Perera F. Rauh V. Flak E. Mroz E. Pac A. Skolicki Z. Kaim I. "Fish intake during pregnancy and mercury level in cord and maternal blood at delivery: an environmental study in Poland" International Journal of Occupational Medicine & Environmental Health 20(1) 31-37 2007

Perera FP. Tang D. Rauh V. Tu YH. Tsai WY. Becker M. Stein JL. King J. Del Priore G. Lederman SA. "Relationship between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-DNA adducts, environmental tobacco smoke, and child development in the World Trade Center cohort" Environmental Health Perspectives 115(10) 1497-1502 2007

Choi H, Rauh VA, Garfinkel R, Vihsuan T, Perera F. "Prenatal Exposure to Airborne Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Risk of Intrauterine Growth Restriction" Environmental health Perspectives 116 (5) 658-665 2008

Tang D, Li T, Liu JJ, Zhou J, Yuan T, Chen Y, Rauh VA, Xie J, Perera "Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Coal-Burning Pollutants on Children's Development in China" Environmental Health Perspectives 116 (5) 674-679 2008

Jedrychowski W. Perera F. Mroz E. Edwards S. Flak E. Rauh V. Pac A. Budzyn-Mrozek D. Musial A. "Prenatal exposure to passive smoking and duration of breastfeeding in nonsmoking women: Krakow inner city prospective cohort study" Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics 278(5) 411-417 2008

Rauh VA, Whyatt RM, Garfinkel R, Andrews H, Hoepner L, Reyes A, Camaan D, Perera FP "Developmental effects of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and material hardship among inner-city children" Neurotoxicology and Teratology 26 373-385 2004

Whyatt RM, Rauh VA, Barr DB, Camaan D, , Andrews HF, Garfinkel R, Hoepner LA, Diaz D, Dietrich J, Reyes A, Tang D, Kinney PL Perera FP "Prenatal insecticide exposure, birth weight and length among an urban minority cohort" Environmental Health Perspectives 112 1125-32 2004

Perera FP, Rauh VA, Whyatt RM, Tsai WY, Bernert JT, Tu YH, Andrews H, Ramirez J, Qu L, Tang D "Molecular evidence of an interaction between prenatal environmental exposures on birth outcomes in a multiethnic population" . Environmental Health Perspectives 112 626-630 2004

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