In 1998, Judyth Ramirez-Carvey (Judy) joined the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health as a Research Assistant. She is one of the original members of the research team who collaborated to recruit over 700 participants for the Mothers and Newborns Study from local OB/GYN clinics in Upper Manhattan and Harlem.
In 2003, left the Center to further pursue her education in professional photography and later returned to the Center in 2009.
Judy is currently a project coordinator for several studies at the Center including:
The Childhood Obesity Study: a study focusing on physical activity and body weight with a primary interest in whether sedentary lifestyles and overweight/obesity are risk factors for cancer development.
The Bisphenol-A Study: Focuses on Bisphenol-A, a known endocrine disruptor, immunoregulatory dysfunction and pediatric asthma outcomes.
The Endocrine Disruptor and Maternal Thyroid Study (EDC): a study examining the relationship between prenatal and early childhood exposure to environmental chemicals and children’s health.
Before joining the Center in 1998 Judy worked at the Gertrude H. Sergivesky Center at Columbia University. The research at the Sergivesky Center focused on cognitive experimental and traditional neuropsychological battery-based studies of cognition in normal aging including Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s. While at Sergivesky, she worked as a research assistant on several studies including the:
Cognitive test performance of African American and Hispanic elders Study:
As a Research Assistant, Judy administered cognitive tests to minority populations in New York City.
The Vitamin E and Selegine multicentral clinical trial Study: As a Research Assistant, Judy administered cognitive tests for a clinical trial study focusing on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and mild cognitive impairment of aging. In this study minority participation was more than double that of any other clinical trial for this disease.
Estrogen study: As a Research Assistant on the Estrogen Study, Judy was responsible for administering a very sensitive neuropsychological battery which may permit reliable, early detection of impaired cognitive health. The study was a double blind placebo controlled multi-center clinical trial to determine if estrogen can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and reduce memory decline.
Cognitive Skills in Boys with Muscular Dystrophy Study: As a Research Assistant, Judy administered a neuropsychological battery to children for a study focusing on Duchenne and Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy. Judy also collaborated in the design and translation of 2 coloring books related to the study.
Premature infants born at very low birth-weights Study: As a research assistant Judy administered a series of neuropsychological batteries. This study examines cognitive outcome at age 7 years among a large cohort of children born weighing less than 1,500 grams.