Airliner - Harverd Team

Principal Investigator

Eileen McNeely, PhD, MS, RNC

While working as a family nurse practitioner in Appalachia in the early 1980’s, Dr. McNeely became increasingly aware of the central role of work in individual and family life and health. She became the first nurse practitioner hired by the U.S. Postal Service and later led the Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College. She obtained a doctoral degree in Health Policy from the Brandeis Heller School in MA and was an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health where she studied the health impacts of organizational downsizing.  In Washington DC,  she completed an internship at the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) evaluating the impact of hazard communication regulations. Currently, she is a faculty member in the Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology program at the Harvard School of Public Health. She studies and teaches about the broader political, economic and social arrangements that affect work, productivity, health, and the quality of life. Since 2006, she has been a part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence in Airliner Cabin Environment Research. Besides her involvement in the 2007 national study of flight attendant health, she completed a number of studies of aircraft exposures including research about cabin air quality, pressure, noise, and flame retardant dust. Dr. McNeely is working to build  a cohort of flight attendants to follow over time in order to understand their health, similar to the knowledge created by following nurses in the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study. Currently,  she is also conducting a study  to evaluate the body burden of flame retardant chemicals in crew and possible effects on the endocrine system. Please contact her at fahealth@hsph.harvard.edu .

Research Team

Irina Mordukhovich

Irina Mordukhovich, PhD, MSPH

Dr. Mordukhovich completed her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from air pollution, cigarette smoke, and diet in relation to breast cancer.  She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she studies air pollution and heavy metal exposure in relation to cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes.  Her training includes biostatistics, study design, epidemiology methods, geographic information systems, environmental health, and chronic disease epidemiology.  Irina is excited to join the Flight Attendant Health Study as a research scientist.

 Dorota Węziak-Białowolska Research Scientist team

 

Dorota Węziak-Białowolska

Research Scientist

Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska works with the SHINE team at Harvard T. H. School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health. Her research interests are in methodology including psychometrics, composite scales and indicators as well as impact assessment and evaluation. Her recent focus is also on applied well-being and health as well as relationship between the two especially in the workplace setting. Before joining the SHINE team, she worked for 5 years for the European Commission Joint Research Centre as post-doctoral researcher and research fellow. She was responsible for constructing and assessing composite indicators in the field of poverty, well-being, quality of life and cultural and creative industries.

She received her master degree in quantitative methods (2003), her doctoral degree is in economics (2008) and post-doctoral degree (habilitation) is in sociology (2016).

In her career, she has had an opportunity to work with policy makers (Team of Strategic Advisors of the Prime Minister of Poland, former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk), international organizations (UN, OECD, WIPO), European Commissions agencies (four Directorates General and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions [Eurofound]), foundations (European Cultural Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), and non-profit international organizations (ENCATC; Sustainable Society Foundation) on multiple interdisciplinary projects.

She has published over fifty papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Piotr Białowolski, Ph.D.

Piotr Białowolski

Research Associate

Piotr Białowolski, Ph.D. works with the SHINE team at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. His research interest is in applied economist and quantitative methods for economic research. His research interests and publications focus on the following and sometimes overlapping research topics: (1) Application of micro-level data for the impact evaluation of financial and social behavior on well-being and health of populations, (2) market and consumer segmentations for accounting for biases and forecasting, (3) statistical indicators for management effectiveness, (4) survey design, biases and forecasting with survey data. Piotr works with the SHINE team to improve understanding of well-being in the financial context but also he is involved in measuring impact of occupational well-being on health. Before joining the SHINE team, Piotr worked for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement in Hamburg, Germany. Between June 2015 and May 2017 he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Turin (Italy) focusing on household economic and financial behavior with emphasis on segmentation applications. Since 2014 he has been also collaborating with the European Commission on implementation of a statistical approach to management effectiveness. Piotr received his master degree (2004), doctoral degree (2009) and post-doctoral degree (habilitation) (2016) in economics.

 Heloisa Jardim Research Manager

Heloisa Jardim

Research Manager

Heloisa Jardim is a Research Manager for the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In her role, she leads the strategic planning and implementation of SHINE’s initiatives, by promoting business strategies to foster the well-being of populations. She believes in the catalytic power of evidence-based research as a basis for business action. Through her extensive experience in the private sector, Heloisa brings a passion for transforming corporations into strong social actors that nurture people’s well-being through its business culture and systemic approaches.

Prior to joining SHINE, Heloisa worked in the financial market, business consulting and extractive industry private sector in Brazil, Mozambique, and Malawi. Through her diverse background and strategic, systemic and integrative mindset, Heloisa establishes connections between subject areas and cultures to design well-rounded solutions for public health in the United States, China, Mexico, Cambodia, Sri Lanka.

Heloisa holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where she concentrated in Economics and Sustainability Management, and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University with a concentration in Health, Sustainability, and the Global Environment.

What I love about SHINE is the opportunity to work with different organizations in their quest for transforming workplaces into spaces where people can grow, connect, and feel a sense of belonging. When I am not working, I am living my well-being through my runs (I am a half and full-marathoner), my yoga and meditation practice, time in nature, my deep connections with friends and family, my passion to learn from books, podcasts, coffee chats with “strangers”, wine with friends, and of course through dancing like no one is watching!

Staff

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Elizabeth Nolan, MA, MPH

As Chief Administrator, Liz Nolan oversees the research administration for the Flight Attendant Health Study, working closely with Drs. McNeely and Mordukhovich on project management and research strategy to meet study targets and milestones to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget. Liz also assists with grant writing and reporting and her training includes occupational health policy and administration, environmental and occupational epidemiology and environmental sciences. She holds master’s degrees in occupational and environmental health and sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University.

Karoline Barwinski

Program Manager

Karoline Barwinski is a Program Manager for the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  In her role she leads SHINE’s communications and strategy, and manages projects across the program.  Karoline is helping integrate a greater focus on worker health and well-being in the workplace through evidence-based research.

Karoline brings with her a strong foundation in corporate sustainability and responsible investing.  Her experience as a sustainability analyst led her to embrace the importance of worker well-being in company analysis and investment valuation.   Her passion is exploring workplace health and employee well-being in the context of corporate sustainability, believing that a healthy, engaged, productive and supported employee-base is vital to a successful enterprise.

Before SHINE, Karoline worked as an environment, social and governance (ESG) analyst at ClearBridge Investments, an asset management firm with a leading ESG investment program.  She came to SHINE upon moving to Boston, and took the opportunity to align her career with a developing passion of well-being.  She loves discovering the changes we can make in our environment and culture – at work, at home, and in our communities – to reach our health and well-being potential, and ultimately thrive as human beings.  She gets to live her passion through the research SHINE is focused on.

Karoline received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where she concentrated in Global Business and Finance and specialized in sustainability, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Emory University.  Outside of SHINE, Karoline practices and teaches yoga, and loves exploring the world through travel, cooking, dancing, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

Study Collaborators

Steven Staffa, MS

Steven Staffa, MS

Steven completed his Master’s in Biostatistics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where his master’s thesis was a study of health effects of textile chemicals after the introduction of new work uniforms in a flight attendant population. Steven is a Biostatistician at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery, and he has continued to collaborate on the Flight Attendant Health Study and the SHINE team as a Statistical Research Assistant in performing statistical analyses of health outcomes data, including investigating long-term effects of occupational second hand tobacco smoke exposure.

Dr. Sneh Manishi Toprani

Dr. (Miss) Sneh Manishi Toprani

Dr. (Miss) Sneh Manishi Toprani is a post-doctoral fellow at John B Little Center for Radiation Science, Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Toprani is responsible for leading a project that is focused on lung cancer. The major goals of this project are to understand the basis for lung cancer susceptibility, and to identify new personalized strategies for radiation therapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. She is also a principal investigator for the project “Assessing DNA damage and repair capacity in airline flight crew” supported by Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health pilot project to test the hypothesis whether compromised genomic integrity due to air travel exposures might play a role in elevated health risk observed in flight crew.

Dr. Toprani has obtained her PhD in Life sciences from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre- University of Mumbai, one of the premier research Institutes in India, which is engaged in radiobiological studies. Her doctoral work concentrated on low dose of gamma and neutron radiation induced DNA damage and role of different DNA repair mechanisms involved. She further extended her PhD work in understanding the inter-individual variation towards radiation sensitivity and disease susceptibility. Dr. Toprani holds an M.S. in Biotechnology, as well as a B.S. in Biotechnology and food production and processing from the University of Mumbai.

Dr. Toprani has conduct many peer reviews for elite journals and served on the several editorial board. Her research has resulted many peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers, and she has presented her work in many national/international conference, workshop and symposiums. From all the awards and fellowships, she has been awarded, some prestigious ones which include are the Bharat excellence award and Leading Educationist Award of India with gold medal (2019); Government of India (Indian Solitary Council); Rashtriya Gaurav Vidya Purashkar (2016) and also Young Scientist Award (2015).