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EH MATTERS Faculty: Rob McConnell

Rob McConnell, MD 

Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences, Keck School of Medicine

Division Chief (Interim), Environmental Health 

Director Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center 

Director (MPI) Southern California Children’s Environmental Health Research Translation Center 


Areas of research: 

EH MATTERS Internship Description: 

The internship provides opportunities to develop skills in science communication and for hands-on research on selected topics in climate change and health as part of initiatives of EH Centers. Potential for engagement in research on mental health and effects of “forever chemicals.” 

Key Publications:  

  1. McConnell R, Berhane K, Gilliland F, London SJ, Islam T, Gauderman WJ, Avol E, Margolis HG, Peters JM. Asthma in exercising children exposed to ozone: a cohort study. Lancet. 2002; 359:386-91. 
  1. *Shankardass K, McConnell R, Jerrett M, Milam J, Richardson J, Berhane K. (2009). Parental stress increases the effect of traffic-related air pollution on childhood asthma incidence. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 106(30):12406-11. PubMed PMID: 19620729; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2718368.  
  1. McConnell R, Gilliland FD, Goran M, Allayee H, Hricko A, Mittelman S. Does near-roadway air pollution contribute to childhood obesity? Pediatr Obes.2016;11:1-3.  
  1. McConnell R, Shen E, Gilliland FD, Jerrett M, Wolch J, Chang CC, Lurmann F, Berhane K. A longitudinal cohort study of body mass index and childhood exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and air pollution: the Southern California Children's Health Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2015;123:360-6. PMCID: PMC4384197. 
  1. *Barrington-Trimis JL, Samet JM, McConnell R. Flavorings in electronic cigarettes: an unrecognized respiratory health hazard?. JAMA. 2014;312:2493-4. PMCID: PMC4361011.  
  1. *Rahman MM, McConnell R, Schlaerth H, Ko J, Silva S, Lurmann FW, Palinkas L, Johnston J, Hurlburt M, Yin H, Ban-Weiss G, Garcia E. The Effects of Co-Exposure to Extremes of Heat and Particulate Air Pollution on Mortality in California: Implications for Climate Change. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202204-0657OC. 
  1. *Rahman MM, Shu YH, Chow T, Lurmann FW, Yu X, Martinez MP, Carter SA, Eckel SP, Chen JC, Chen Z, Levitt P, Schwartz J, McConnell R**, Xiang AH**. Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Sensitive Windows of Exposure and Sex Differences. Environ Health Perspect. 2022:17008. PMCID:8733257  

*Student or junior faculty mentored by McConnell; **co-senior author 

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