Dr. Virginia Rauh

Dr. Virginia Rauh is Professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and Deputy Director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health. Her work focuses on the adverse impact of exposure to air pollutants, including second hand smoke and pesticides on pregnancy, child health, and brain development; and the susceptibility of disadvantaged populations to environmental hazards. Dr. Rauh has been working in the field of perinatal epidemiology since 1982. Her expertise is in the area of low birth weight and preterm delivery, particularly with respect to socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations. She has been principal investigator on numerous major research projects, including studies of the impact of organophosphorus insecticides and secondhand smoke on child neurodevelopment and brain abnormalities, a randomized intervention trial for low birth weight infants, a multi-site study of lifestyles in pregnancy, a study of developmental outcomes of children born to inner-city adolescent mothers, a multi-level analysis of the impact of Head Start on New York City school children, a study of the effects of air pollutants on pregnant women and their children, and a study of links between race, stressors, and preterm birth. She has worked with other Columbia faculty to study the effects of the World Trade Center disaster on pregnant women and newborns. Dr. Rauh is currently principal investigator for the Manhattan Site and co-investigator for the Queens Vanguard Site of the National Children’s Study. Dr. Rauh serves on numerous national committees including the Scientific Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Agency.