Erin Bell

Erin M. Bell, PhD, MS

Epidemiology of environmental exposures, specifically pesticides, adverse birth outcomes, child development and cancer.

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Erin M. Bell, PhD, MS
Associate Professor

School of Public Health
Department: Environmental Health Sciences

Faculty Director, Undergraduate Public Health Program
GEC 149



Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S., Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests

Dr. Bell’s research interests include examining the association of adverse reproductive outcomes with occupational and environmental exposures. She also has a particular interest in the use of mapping techniques to assess residential exposure to environmental contaminants. She is currently co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Charlotte Druschel, on two federally funded studies : 1) the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, a multi-center case control study of birth defects funded by the CDC and 2) the Upstate Kids study, a prospective cohort study of 6000 infants that will assess their developmental milestones through age 3. In addition, Dr. Bell has worked with researchers in the Center for Environmental Health at the New York State Department of Health on their Environmental Health Tracking Program and, through that program, designed a study to assess the relationship between reproductive outcomes and levels of air pollutants. She also collaborates with researchers at the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health and Bassett Research Institute on studies examining exposures and health outcomes of interest for rural populations, with a particular emphasis on farmers and farm workers. Since 2008, she has served has a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Committee on Review of the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:
EPI 604 Cancer Epidemiology
EPI 613 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
EPI 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
EPI 697 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology
EPI 602 Masters Seminar in Epidemiology


  • Chen L, Bell EM, Lin S, Druschel CM. Residential Mobility and Ambient Air Pollutant Exposure Misclassification in Epidemiologic Studies of Birth Defects. Environmental Research, 2010 Feb. 110(2): 162-168.
  • Caton A, Bell E, Druschel C, Werler M, Lin A, Browne M, Romitti P, Mitchell A, Correa A, Olney R. Antihypertensive Medication Use During Pregnancy and Cardiovascular Malformations. Hypertension, 2009 July 54(1): 63-70.
  • Bhatti P, Blair A, Bell EM, Rothman N, Lan Q, Needham LL, Portengen L, Figgs LW, Vermeulen R. Predictors of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid exposure among herbicide applicators. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol, in press.
  • Lin S, Bell EM, Liu W, Walker R, Kim N, Hwang SA. Ambient Ozone Concentration and Hospital Admissions due to Childhood Respiratory Diseases in New York State, 1991-2001. Environmental Research, 2008 Sep;108(1) 42-7.
  • Caton A, Bell E, Druschel C, Werler M, Lin A, Browne M, Romitti P, Mitchell A, Correa A, Olney R. Maternal High Blood Pressure, Antihypertensive Medication Use, and Severe Hypospadias. Birth Defects Research, Part A, 2008; 82(1):34-40.
  • Browne ML, Bell EM, Druschel CM, Gensburg LJ, Mitchell AA, Lin AE, Romitti PA, Correa A. Maternal Caffeine Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Malformations. Birth Defects Research, Part A, 2007; 79(7):533-43.
  • Bell EM, Sandler DP, Alavanja MCR. High Pesticide Exposure Events among Farmers and Spouses Enrolled in the Agricultural Health Study. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 2006; 12(2):101-116.
  • Jenkins PL, Earle-Richardson G, Bell EM, May JJ, Green A. Chronic Disease Risk in Central New York Dairy Farmers: Results From a Large Health Survey 1989-1999. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2005 Jan; 47(1):20-6.
  • Bell EM, Hertz-Picciotto I, Beaumont JJ. A Case-Cohort Analysis of Agricultural Pesticide Applications Near Maternal Residence and Fetal Death. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2001; 154 (8):702-10.
  • Bell EM, Hertz-Picciotto I, Beaumont JJ. A Case-Control Study of Pesticides and Fetal Death Due to Congenital Anomalies. Epidemiology, 2001; 12:148-156.