People / Alumni

Lara Cushing

Lara is interested in the relationship between social inequalities and the environment, including how environmental and social stressors interact to impact health. Her work seeks to better understand the disproportionate burden of pollutants and climate change risk faced by low income communities of color in the U.S., and to develop tools to help policy-makers address persistent inequities in environmental exposure and risk. She is involved in several initiatives to promote community-based participatory research on campus with the goal of better leveraging science in the pursuit of social justice. Lara holds an MPH in Epidemiology, and a MA ’10 and PhD ’15 in ERG.