Lindsay Rosenfeld

Associate Research Scientist
  • Institute on Urban Health Research

Office: 332 International Village
Phone: 617-373-2673


SD (Doctor of Science), Harvard School of Public Health
SM (Master of Science), Harvard School of Public Health
AB (Bachelor of Arts), Brown University

Specializations: Social Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Program Planning and Evaluation, Urban Health and Social Policy, Health Literacy and Health Communications

Research Interests:

  • Traditionally "non-health" policies and programs that impact health, particularly urban planning and design, housing, neighborhoods, education, (im)migration, health literacy
  • Health communications and health literacy
  • Health disparities, particularly racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Chronic conditions, such as asthma, and the social and spatial environment
  • Spatial measurement issues, e.g. building, neighborhood, and regional levels
  • Interrelated and interdependent relationships among education, cities, neighborhoods, urban planning, especially residential segregation
  • Design and evaluation of evidence-based programs and policies, including Health Impact Assessment
  • Multisectoral/Interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership

Community engagement: Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Planning and Public Health (ICUPPH), The Schweitzer Fellowship, Teach For America (TFA)

Teaching: PHTH 5120, Race, Ethnicity, and Health

Selected publications:

Rosenfeld L, Rudd R, Emmons KM, Acevedo-García D, Martin L, Buka S. (in-press). "Beyond Reading Alone: The Relationship between Aural Literacy and Asthma Management." Patient Education and Counseling.

Rosenfeld, L., Rudd, R., Chew, G., Emmons, K., Acevedo-García, D. (2010). "Are Neighborhood-Level Characteristics Associated with Indoor Allergens in the Household?" Journal of Asthma. 47(1) 66-75.

Rosenfeld L, Gallagher M. (September 2009). Boston Food Desert Forum Survey Report.

Rudd, R.E., Rosenfeld, L.E., & Anderson, J.E. (2008). "Health Literacy." In S. Boslaugh (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Acosta L, Acevedo-García D, Perzanowski MS, Mellins R, Rosenfeld L, Cortés D, Gelman A, Fagan JK, Bracero LA, Correa JC, Reardon AM, and Chew GL. (2008)."The New York City Puerto Rican asthma project: study design, methods, and base-line results." Journal of Asthma, 45(1):51-7.

Rudd R, Anderson J, Oppenheimer S, Rosenfeld L, Mandic C. (2007). "Health Literacy." In Wallace R. (ed.), Maxcy-Rosenau-Last. Public Health and Preventive Medicine. 15th Edition (pp. 1035-1040). New York: McGraw Hill Medical.

Rudd R, Rosenfeld L, Victoria G, (2007). "Health Literacy and arthritis research and practice." Current Opinion in Rheumatology. 19(2). 97-100.

Child Health Impact Assessment Working Group, November 2006. "Unhealthy Consequences: Energy Costs and Child Health – A Child Health Impact Assessment of Energy Costs and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program,"

Child Health Impact Assessment Working Group, June 2005. "Affordable Housing and Child Health – A Child Health Impact Assessment of the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program,"

Rosenfeld L. The Rappaport Review, "Preventing Youth Violence," Spring 2004.