Doug Brugge, PhD, MS


Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.0326
Fax: 617.636.4017


PhD, Harvard University
MS, Harvard University School of Public Health

Research Focus:

Doug Brugge has a PhD in biology from Harvard University and an MS in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has secondary appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Sciences and at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Active Citizenship and Public Service. He directs the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH), a set of studies about ultrafine particles from traffic and their association with cardiovascular health risk (funded by NIEHS, NHLBI, EPA, HUD, and the Kresge Foundation). He also directs the Tisch College Community Research Center (funded by Tisch College). Additional research has been on housing conditions and child asthma, second hand smoke exposure, asthma in Chinese and black immigrant communities, health communication, uranium mining in Native American and other populations, and research ethics. Most of his work uses a community-based participatory research approach. He has over 150 publications and has a deep commitment to seeing research translated into policy and practice. 

Select Publications:

  •   Brugge D, Simon MC, Hudda N, Zellmer M, Corlin L, Cleland S, Lu EY, Rivera S, Byrne M, Chung M, Durant JL.  Lessons from in-home air filtration intervention trials to reduce urban ultrafine particle number concentrations.  Building and Environment 2017, 126;266–275.
  • Cleary EG, Patton AP, Wu HC, Xie A, Stubblefield J, Mass W, Grinstein G, Koch-Weser S, Brugge D, Wong C. Making Air Pollution Visible: A Tool for Promoting Environmental Health Literacy. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2017; 3:e16.
  •   Winde F, Brugge D, Nidecker A, Ruegg U. Uranium from Africa - an overview on past and current mining activities: re-appraising associated risks and chances in a global context. Journal of African Earth Sciences 2017, 129: 1e20.
  •   Hudda, N., Simon, M. C., Zamore, W., Brugge, D., and Durant, L. Aviation emissions impact ambient ultrafine particle concentrations in the greater Boston area. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50:8514-8521.
  •   Lane KJ, Levy JI, Scammell MK, Peters JL, Patton AP, Reisner, Lowe L, Durant JL, Zamore W, Brugge D. Association of modeled long-term individual exposure to ultrafine particles with inflammatory and coagulation biomarkers, Environment International, 2016, 92-93: 173-182.
  •   Panikkar B, Brugge D, Gute DM, Hyatt RR.  “They See Us As Machines:” The Experience of Recent Immigrant Women in the Low Wage Informal Labor Sector.  PLoS ONE, 10: e0142686. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142686
  •   Patton AP, Zamore W, Naumova EN, Levy JI, Brugge D, Durant JL.  Transferability and Generalizability of Regression Models of Ultrafine Particles in Urban Neighborhoods in the Boston Area.  Environmental Science and Technology.  2015; 49:6051–6060.
  •   Fuller CF, Williams PL, Mittleman MA, Patton AP  Spengler JD, Brugge D.  Response of biomarkers of inflammation and coagulation to short-term changes in central site, local and predicted particle number concentrations.  Annals of Epidemiology.  2015, 25:505–511.
  •   Lane KJ, Levy JI, Scammell MK, Patton AP, Durant JL, Mwamburi M, Zamore W, Brugge D.  Effect of time-activity adjustment on exposure assessment for traffic-related ultrafine particles. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.  2015; 25:506–516.
  •   Fullerton SM, Anderson EE, Cowan K, Malen RC, Brugge D.  Awareness of Federal Regulatory Mechanisms Relevant to Community-Engaged Research: Survey of Health Disparities-Oriented NIH-Funded Investigators.  Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.  2015; 10:13–21.
  •   Laws MB, Yeh Y, Reisner E, Stone K, Wang T, Brugge D.  Gender, ethnicity and environmental risk perception revisited: the importance of residential location.  Journal of Community Health.  2015; 40:948–955.
  •   Corlin L, Woodin M, Thanikachalam M, Lowe L, Brugge D.  Evidence for the healthy immigrant effect in older Chinese immigrants: a cross-sectional study.  BMC Public Health.  2014, 14:603.
  •   Dustov A, Mirojov G, Yakubova M, Umarov S, Ishankulova D, Eliasziw M, Brugge D.  Uranium mine proximity, immune function and Helicobacter pylori infection in Tajikistan.  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A: Current Issues 2013, 76:1261–1268.
  •   Lane KJ, Scammell MK, Levy JI, Fuller CH, Parambi R, Zamore W, Mwambri M, Brugge D.  Positional error and time-activity patterns in near-highway proximity studies: An exposure misclassification analysis.  Environmental Health 2013, 12:75.
  •   Brugge D, Lane K, Padró-Martínez LT, Stewart A, Hoesterey K, Weiss D, Wang DD, Levy JI, Patton AP, Zamore W, Mwamburi M.  Highway proximity associated with cardiovascular disease risk: the influence of individual-level confounders and exposure misclassification.  Environmental Health 2013, 12:84.
  •   Martinez LS, Perea F, Ursillo A, Weeks F, Goldstein-Gelb W, Brugge D.  A Democratic University-Community Administrative Body Dedicated to Expanding Community Engaged Research: The Tufts Community Research Center (TCRC). Community Development. 2013; 44:97-110.
  •   Rioux CL, Tucker KL, Mwamburi M, Gute DM, Cohen SA, Brugge D. Residential Traffic Exposure, Pulse Pressure and C-Reactive Protein: Consistency and Contrast Among Exposure Characterization Methods. Environmental Health Perspectives 2010; 118:803-811.
  •   Brugge D, Edgar T, George K, Heung J, Laws MB.  Beyond literacy and numeracy in patient provider communication: Focus groups suggest roles for empowerment, provider attitude and language.  BMC Public Health 2009, 9:354. PMID: 19772555
  •   Donroe J, Gilman RH, Brugge D, Mwamburi M, Moore DAJ.  Falls, poisonings, burns, and road traffic injuries in urban Peruvian children and adolescents: a Community based study.  Injury Prevention 2009, 15: 390-396.
  •   Brugge D, Woodin W, Schuch TJ, Salas FL, Bennett A, Osgood N-D.  Community level data suggest that asthma prevalence varies between US and foreign born black subpopulations. Journal of Asthma 2008, 45:785–789.
  •   deLemos JL, Bostick BC, Quicksall AN, Landis JD, George CC, Slagowski NL, Rock T, Brugge D, Lewis J, Durant JL.  Rapid dissolution of soluble uranyl phases in arid, mine-impacted catchments near Church Rock, NM.  Environmental Science & Technology 2008, 42:3951-3957.
  •   Henkin S, Brugge D, Bermudez OI, Gao X.  A case-control study of BMI and asthma in Asian children.  Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2008, 100:447-451.
  •   Brugge D, deLemos JL, Bui C.  The Sequoyah corporation fuels release and the Church Rock spill: unpublicized nuclear releases in American Indian communities. American Journal of Public Health. 2007 97:1595-600.
  •   Repace JL, Hyde JN, Brugge D. Air pollution in Boston bars before and after a smoking ban. BMC Public Health, 6:266, 2006.
  •   Levy JI, Brugge D, Peters JL, Clougherty  JE, Saddler S.  A community-based participatory research study of the efficacy of multifaceted in-home environmental interventions for pediatric asthmatics in public housing.  Social Science & Medicine, 63:2191-2203, 2006.
  •   Brugge D, Vallarino J, Ascolillo L, Osgood N, Steinbach S, Spengler J.  Comparison of multiple environmental factors for asthmatic children in public housing.  Indoor Air, 13:18-27, 2003.