Rob McConnell, MD
Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
Dr. Rob McConnell is a physician and environmental epidemiologist, and Professor of Preventive Medicine. He directs the NIH/Environmental Protection Agency-supported Southern California Children's Environmental Health Center. He has studied the effects of air pollution on children's health, including the development of asthma and lung function deficits, and early markers for cardiovascular disease. Dr. McConnell has investigated susceptibility to the effects of environmental exposures conferred by psychosocial stress and social factors, exercise, genetics and co-exposures associated with housing conditions. He has interest, in addition, in the development of methods for estimating the burden of disease associated with near-roadway air pollution and for assessing exposure in environmental epidemiology. Currently funded research is focused on environmental determinants of autism and of obesity and its metabolic consequences in children; on respiratory hazards of e-cigarette use; and on the determinants of tobacco product use as a project director in the USC Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science. He co-directs the NIEHS T32 training program in environmental genomics and the Career Development Program of the NIEHS-supported Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center. Prior to coming to USC, he directed a World Health Organization regional environmental health center for Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. McConnell is a member of EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particulate Matter Panel. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Underage E-Cigarette Purchasing and Vaping Progression Among Young Adults.
J Adolesc Health. 2023 Feb;72(2):260-266. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.09.018. Epub 2022 Nov 18. PubMed PMID: 36404243;
Willingness to Use Commercial Nicotine Gums, Lozenges, and Gummies Among Nontobacco Using Adolescents in Southern California.
J Adolesc Health. 2023 Feb;72(2):277-286. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.09.027. Epub 2022 Dec 2. PubMed PMID: 36470691;
California's early transition to electric vehicles: Observed health and air quality co-benefits.
Sci Total Environ. 2023 Apr 1;867:161761. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.161761. Epub 2023 Feb 2. PubMed PMID: 36739036;
Associations of Autism Spectrum Disorder with PM(2.5) Components: A Comparative Study Using Two Different Exposure Models.
Environ Sci Technol. 2023 Jan 10;57(1):405-414. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.2c05197. Epub 2022 Dec 22. PubMed PMID: 36548990;
Prenatal exposure to tailpipe and non-tailpipe tracers of particulate matter pollution and autism spectrum disorders.
Environ Int. 2023 Jan;171:107736. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2023.107736. Epub 2023 Jan 5. PubMed PMID: 36623380; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9943058.
- Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach
- Biological Effects of Environmental Toxins