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:

  • Theresa L. Osypuk. (In press) “Future Research Directions for Understanding Neighborhood Contributions to Health Disparities”. Revue Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique. (Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health) Epub ahead of print, 2013 May 6.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk. (2013) “Invited Commentary: Integrating a life course perspective and social theory to advance research on residential segregation and health”. American Journal of Epidemiology. 177(4): 310-315.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Pamela Joshi, Kimberly Geronimo, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. (2013). “Do Social Policies Influence the Health of Women and their Children? Implications for Designing Future Policies Using a Social Determinants of Health Lens.” In: Women and Health, Second Edition, Marlene B. Goldman, Rebecca Troisi, and Kathryn M. Rexrode, Editors, Elsevier Publishing, pp. 735-752.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Eric J. Tchetgen Tchetgen, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Felton J. Earls, Alisa K. Lincoln, Nicole M. Schmidt, M. Maria Glymour. (2012) “Differential Mental Health Effects of Neighborhood Relocation among Youth in Vulnerable Families: Results from a Randomized Trial.” JAMA Psychiatry. 69(12):1284-1294.
  • M. Maria Glymour and Theresa L. Osypuk. (2012) “Promoting health and improving survival into very old age: Further research needed to establish the ideal timing and content of interventions”. BMJ. 345:e6452
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Nicole M. Schmidt, Lisa M. Bates, Eric J. Tchetgen Tchetgen, Felton J. Earls, M. Maria Glymour. (2012) “Gender and crime victimization modify neighborhood effects on adolescent mental health.” Pediatrics. 130(3): 472-481.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, Robert W. Platt, Dawn P. Misra. (2012) “The Consequences of Foreclosure for Depressive Symptomatology.” Annals of Epidemiology, 22(6): 379-387.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. (2010) “Beyond Individual Neighborhoods: A Geography of Opportunity Perspective for Understanding Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities”. Health & Place, 16(6):1113–1123.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Lisa M. Bates, and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. (2010) “Another Mexican Birthweight Paradox? The Role of Residential Enclaves and Neighborhood Poverty in the Birthweight of Mexican Origin Infants.” Social Science & Medicine, 70(4):550–560.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. (2010) “Support for Smoke-free Policies: A Nationwide Analysis of Immigrants, US-Born, and Other Demographic Groups 1995-2002”. American Journal of Public Health, 100(1):171-81.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Ana V. Diez Roux, Craig Hadley, Namratha R. Kandula. (2009). “Are Immigrant Enclaves Healthy Places to Live? The Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis” Social Science & Medicine, 69(1): 110-120.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk, Sandro Galea, Nancy McArdle and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. (2009). “Quantifying Separate and Unequal: Racial-Ethnic Distributions of Neighborhood Poverty in Metropolitan America.” Urban Affairs Review, 45(1): 25-65.
  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Theresa L. Osypuk. (2008). “Invited Commentary: Residential segregation and health – the complexity of modeling separate social contexts”. American Journal of Epidemiology, 168(11):1255-1258.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. (2008) “Are Preterm Birth Racial Disparities Larger in Hypersegregated Areas?” American Journal of Epidemiology, 167(11): 1295-1304.
  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Theresa L. Osypuk, Nancy McArdle, and David Williams. (2008) “Towards a Policy Relevant Analysis of Geographic and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Child Health” Health Affairs, 27(2): 321-333.
  • Theresa L. Osypuk and Sandro Galea. (2007). “What Level Macro? Choosing Appropriate Levels to Assess how Place Influences Population Health.” In: Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health. Sandro Galea, Ed. New York, NY: Springer Media, pp. 399-435.
  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Kimberly Lochner, Theresa L. Osypuk, SV Subramanian (2003). “Future Directions in Residential Segregation and Health Research: A Multilevel Approach.” American Journal of Public Health, 93(2): 215-221.