Theresa L. Osypuk SD SM » Faculty

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Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

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Dr. Osypuk received her Masters (2002) and Doctoral (2005) degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health, and received postdoctoral training in Population Health in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars fellowship in the University of Michigan Department of Epidemiology (2005-2007). She was on faculty as an Assistant Professor in Northeastern University’s MPH program in Urban Health in Boston (2007-2012) before joining the faculty at University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Before graduate school, Dr. Osypuk originally entered the public health field via communications, by creating national public service campaigns to change attitudes and behavior related to public health and social issues at The Advertising Council.


Disparities, Epidemiology: Social, Policy / Politics, Sociology, Tobacco: Policy

Research interests:

Dr. Theresa L. Osypuk, SD SM, is a social epidemiologist. Her research examines why place influences health and health disparities, including the roles of racial residential segregation, neighborhood context, and social policies. Her research explores how seemingly “non-health related” social policies (including those directly concerned with housing or neighborhoods) may reduce racial/ethnic health disparities. She researches racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and nativity/immigrant disparities in health, their geographic patterns, and causes.

Dr. Osypuk is currently the principal investigator of two National Institutes of Health grants investigating how housing choice vouchers and neighborhood context influence the mental health of adolescents and their families, in the Moving to Opportunity housing policy experiment. She is also a co-investigator on several NIH grants including a birth cohort to examine racism and preterm birth among black women, and a cohort study in Bangladesh to understand community norms related to intimate partner violence and women’s empowerment.

Selected publications:

  • David H. Rehkopf, M. Maria Glymour, Theresa L. Osypuk (In press). The consistency assumption for causal inference in social epidemiology: When a rose is not a rose. Current Epidemiology Reports. Published online first 2/16/16.
  • M . Maria Glymour, Quynh Nguyen, Roland Matsouaka, Eric J. Tchetgen-Tchetgen, Nicole M. Schmidt, Theresa L. Osypuk. (2016) “Does mother know best? Treatment Adherence as a Function of Anticipated Treatment Benefit”. Epidemiology. Mar;27(2):265-75. .
  • Quynh C. Nguyen, David H. Rehkopf, Nicole M. Schmidt, Theresa L. Osypuk. (In press) “Heterogeneous Effects of Housing Vouchers on the Mental Health of US Adolescents.” American Journal of Public Health. Online first Jan 2016:
  • Slaughter-Acey, J.C.; Sealy-Jefferson, S.; Helmkamp, L.; Caldwell, C. H.; Osypuk, T.L.; Platt, R.W.; Straughen, J.K.; Dailey-Okezie, R.K.; Abeysekara, P. and Misra, D.P. (2016) “Racism in the form of micro aggressions and the risk of preterm birth among Black women”. Annals of Epidemiology; 26(1):7-13. e1 PMC4688115.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Alvaro Alonso, Lisa M. Bates. (2015) “Understanding the healthy immigrant effect and cardiovascular disease: looking to big data and beyond.” Circulation. Oct 20;132(16):1522-4. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.115.018707
  • Sandra S. Albrecht, Theresa L. Osypuk, Namratha R. Kandula, Linda C. Gallo, Félice Lê-Scherban, Sandi Shrager, Ana V. Diez Roux. (2015) Change in waist circumference with longer time in the United States among Hispanic and Chinese immigrants: the modifying role of the neighborhood built environment .Annals of Epidemiology; Oct;25(10):767-772 . doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.07.003. PMC4567919
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Rebecca Kehm, Dawn P. Misra. (2015). “Where we used to live: Validating retrospective measures of childhood neighborhood context”. PLoS ONE. 10(4): e0124635. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124635 (Published: April 21, 2015). PMC4405544
  • Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, Carmen Giurgescu, Dawn P. Misra, Theresa L. Osypuk. (2015) “Perceived Physical and Social Residential Environment and Preterm Delivery in African American Women.” American Journal of Epidemiology. Sep 15; 182(6):485-93. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv106. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv106
  • Carmen Giurgescu, Dawn P. Misra, Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, Cleo Howard-Caldwell, T.N. Templin, Jaime C. Slaughter, Theresa L. Osypuk. (2015) The impact of neighborhood quality, perceived stress, and social support on depressive symptoms during pregnancy in African American women. Social Science & Medicine, Apr;130:172-80. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.02.006. Available online 16 February 2015. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.02.006   PMC4431774
  • Marcia P. Jiménez, Theresa L. Osypuk, Sandra Arevalo, Katherine L. Tucker, Luis M. Falcon. (2015). Neighborhood Socioeconomic Context and Change in Allostatic Load Among Older Puerto Ricans: the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. Journal of Health & Place. 33: 1-8. Accepted 2/1/15. Available online 20 February 2015. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.02.001 PMC4409499
  • Theresa L. Osypuk. (2015) “Shifting from policy relevance to policy translation: Do housing and neighborhoods affect children’s mental health?” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (50)2: 215-217. DOI: 10.1007/s00127-014-0998-6 PMID: 25527210
  • Kiarri N. Kershaw, Theresa L. Osypuk, D. Phuong Do, Peter J. De Chavez, Ana V. Diez Roux. (2015). Neighborhood-level racial/ethnic residential segregation and incident cardiovascular disease: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Circulation. 131(2):141-8. PMC4293329.
  • Qiong Wu, Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen, Theresa Osypuk, Jennifer Weuve, Kellee White, Mahasin Mujahid, M. Maria Glymour. (2015) Estimating the cognitive effects of prevalent diabetes, recent onset diabetes, and duration of diabetes among older adults. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. 39(3-4): 239-49. PMID: 25613323.
  • Quynh C. Nguyen, Theresa L. Osypuk, Nicole Schmidt, M. Maria Glymour, Eric J. Tchetgen Tchetgen. (2015). “Practical Guidance for Conducting Mediation Analysis with Multiple Mediators using Inverse Odds Ratio Weighting”. American Journal of Epidemiology;181(5):349-56. Published March 1, 2015. Advance Access published February 17, 2015. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwu278.v PMC4339385