About Kelsey Gleason

Dr. Gleason is an Assistant Professor with the UVM Larner College of Medicine Public Health Program. Since joining the Public Health Program faculty, Dr. Gleason has immersed herself in teaching, mentoring and leadership pursuits to advance the mission of graduate students, the college, and the Public Health Program. Dr. Gleason is actively involved in both research endeavors and teaching activities. In both areas, her focus is on Global and Environmental Health. She has vast experience in these areas through research, courses taught, and service.

Dr. Gleason earned her doctorate from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and has since conducted research in Bangladesh, Haiti, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Philippines. Her current work centers around investigating the association between diarrheal disease, climate change, and forest cover in the world’s largest refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.


  • PH304 Environmental Public Health I
  • PH308 Environmental Public Health II
  • PH302 Epidemiology I
  • PH307 Epidemiology II
  • PH328 Health and Humanitarian Crises
  • PH392 Applied Practice Experience

Articles & Publications

Original Research

  • Kelsey M. Gleason and Ronak B. Patel. Does corruption fuel disaster risk? Manuscript in preparation.
  • Kelsey M. Gleason, Linda Valeri, A.H. Shankar, Md Omar Sharif Ibne Hasan, Quazi Quamruzzaman, Ema G. Rodrigues, David C. Christiani, Robert O. Wright, David C. Bellinger, and Maitreyi Mazumdar, “Stunting in early childhood may increase susceptibility to adverse effects of environmental lead exposure on cognition: results from a birth cohort in Bangladesh” Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. (2020)
  • Van den Broek-Altenburg, Eline, Adam Atherly, Sean Diehl, Kelsey M. Gleason, Victoria Hart, Charles MacLean, Daniel Barkhuff, Mark Levine, and Jan Carney. “Risk Factors for COVID-19: Community Exposure and Mask-Wearing.” Available at SSRN 3676570. (2020)
  • Atherly, Adam, Eline Van Den Broek-Altenburg, Victoria Hart, Kelsey M. Gleason, and Jan Carney. “Consumer Reported Care Deferrals Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the Role and Potential of Telemedicine: Cross-Sectional Analysis.” JMIR Public Health and Surveillance 6, no. 3: e21607. (2020)
  • Bhatt, Mihir, Ronak B. Patel, Kelsey M. Gleason, and Mehul Pandya. “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science. (2020)
  • Signes-Pastor, Antonio J., Brett T. Doherty, Megan E. Romano, Kelsey M. Gleason, Jiang Gui, Emily Baker, and Margaret R. Karagas. “Prenatal exposure to metal mixture and sex-specific birth outcomes in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study.” Environmental epidemiology (Philadelphia, Pa.) 3, no. 5 (2019)
  • Mihir Bhatt, Kelsey M. Gleason, and Ronak B Patel, “Natural Hazards Governance in Southeast Asia.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science. (2019)
  • Ronak B. Patel & Kelsey M. Gleason, “The association between social cohesion and community resilience in two urban slums of Port au Prince, Haiti.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. (2017)
  • Kelsey M. Gleason, Linda Valeri, A.H. Shankar, Md Omar Sharif Ibne Hasan, Quazi Quamruzzaman, Ema G. Rodrigues, David C. Christiani, Robert O. Wright, David C. Bellinger, and Maitreyi Mazumdar, “Stunting is associated with blood lead concentration among Bangladeshi children aged 2-3 years.” Environmental Health. 15(1): p. 103. (2016)
  • Kelsey M. Gleason, James P. Shine, Nadia Shobnam, Lisa B. Rokoff, Hafia Sultana Suchanda, Md Omar Sharif Ibne Hasan, Golam Mostafa, Chitra Amarsiriwardena, Quazi Quamruzzaman, Mahmuder Rahman, Molly L. Kile, David C. Bellinger, David C. Christiani, Robert O. Wright, and Maitreyi Mazumdar. “Contaminated Turmeric Is a Potential Source of Lead Exposure for Children in Rural Bangladesh.” Journal of Environmental and Public Health. (2014)


  • 2014 – James H. Ware Award for Achievement in Public Health