Taylor J. Robinson is a PhD student in Population Health Sciences in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She studies spatial and social epidemiology, with the broad goal of spatially analyzing the causal and historical relationship between location-based factors and racial health disparities. Her work centers housing safety issues, chronic neighborhood disinvestment, and other forms of systemic racism as factors that exacerbate chronic respiratory conditions. Shifting beyond showing that place matters in health outcomes, she intends to explore the drivers of neighborhood disinvestment, intervene on place-based factors that worsen racial health disparities, and help to translate this research into policy action and health communication campaigns.
She is a Stamps Scholar, received a B.A. in Communication Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh, and an accelerated MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. Prior to Harvard, she worked at NIMHD, the CDC Global Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, and the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.