Research

The Flight Attendant Health Study has been running since 2007.  Please read our published research below.  For research related to flight attendant health outside of our Harvard study, please see below.   


Dorota Węziak-Białowolska, Piotr Białowolski, Irina Mordukhovich & Eileen McNeely. Work, Gender, and Sexual Harassment on the Frontlines of Commercial Travel: A Cross-Sectional Study of Flight Crew Well-Being.Aerospace Psychology (2020). 

Mark J. Meyer, Irina Mordukhovich, Gregory A. Wellenius, Murray A. Mittleman, John P. McCracken, Brent A. Coull and Eileen McNeely. Changes in Heart Rate and Rhythm During a Crossover Study of Simulated Commercial Flight in Older and Vulnerable Participants.Frontiers in Physiology (2019).  

Eileen McNeely, Irina Mordukhovich, Samuel Tideman, Sara Gale and Brent Coull. Estimating the health consequences of flight attendant work: comparing flight attendant health to the general population in a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health (2018).  

Eileen McNeely, Irina Mordukhovich , Steven Staffa, Samuel Tideman, Brent Coull.  Legacy health effects among never smokers exposed to occupational secondhand smoke. PLOS One (2019) 

Sara Gale, Irina Mordukhovich, Sami Newlan and Eileen McNeely.  The Impact of Workplace Harassment on Health in a Working Cohort. Frontiers in Psychology (2019). 

Eileen McNeely, Irina Mordukhovich, Steven Staffa, Samuel Tideman, Sara Gale and Brent Coull. Cancer prevalence among flight attendants compared to the general population.BMC Environmental Health (2018).  

Eileen McNeely, Irina Mordukhovich, Steven Jaffa, Brent Coull. Symptoms related to new flight attendant uniforms. BMC Public Health (2017). 

Eileen McNeely, Sara Gale, Ira Tager, Laurel Kincl, Julie Bradley, Brent Coull, and Steve Hecker. The self-reported health of U.S. flight attendants compared to the general population.Environmental Health (2014).  


External Research Publications 

These are papers about flight attendant health published by other researchers outside of our Flight Attendant Health Study 

Peter Payne, Steven Fiering, James C Leiter, David T Zava, Mardi A Crane-Godreau. Effectiveness of a Novel Qigong Meditative Movement Practice for Impaired Health in Flight Attendants Exposed to Second-Hand Cigarette Smoke. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2017. 

Frances A. Stillman, Andrea Soong, Laura Y. Zheng, and Ana Navas-Acien. Clear Skies and Grey Areas: Flight Attendants’ Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Attitudes toward Smoke-Free Policy 25 Years since Smoking was Banned on Airplanes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health,2015.  

Alexis L Beatty, Thaddeus J Haight, and Rita F Redberg. Associations between respiratory illnesses and secondhand smoke exposure in flight attendants: A cross-sectional analysis of the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute Survey.  Environmental Health, 2011. 

J Repace. Flying the smoky skies: secondhand smoke exposure of flight attendants. BMJ, 2004.