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Doug Brugge
Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


1987 Ph.D., Cellular and Developmental Biology, Harvard University
1988 M.S., Industrial Hygiene, Harvard School of Public Health

Research Focus

Doug Brugge, PhD, MS has a PhD in cellular and developmental biology from Harvard University and a MS in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is director of the NIH funded Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health study, a 5-year community-based participatory research project. He also directs the Tufts Community Research Center and is part of the leadership for the community engagement core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He has worked in community-collaborations with many neighborhoods of Boston, including Chinatown, and with Navajo communities in the Southwest. His research has largely employed the model of community-collaborative research and methodologically has involved focus groups, oral histories, surveys, environmental sampling and health outcome assessment. His research includes studies of asthma; of traffic-related pollution; of the impact of culture and language on health communication; the health impact of environmental tobacco smoke; motor vehicle related injuries; and the impact of uranium mining and processing on Native Americans. In 2007 he testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation. He has published over 100 academic articles that include original research, reviews, policy and historical analysis. He is co-editor (with Esther Yazzie-Lewis and Timothy Benally) of The Navajo People and Uranium Mining (University of New Mexico Press, 2006) and an associate editor of the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.