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The Dirt on Air Pollution and Suicide in Utah
January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr. Amanda Bakian will be presenting her research titled: Short-term Ambient Pollution and Risk of Suicide.
Please RSVP here for a free lunch during the presentation.
Dr. Bakian joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2010 as epidemiologist for the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (URADD). Her research is in the geographical, environmental and gene-environmental epidemiology of psychiatric conditions including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disorders, and suicide. She is interested in understanding how environmental contributors modify and mediate the relationship between genetic risk factors and risk of psychiatric conditions including ASD and suicide. In addition, she studies how patterns of macro and micro-scale geographical, environmental, and sociodemographic variables influence the spatial distribution of risk for psychiatric conditions. Her statistical expertise is in the design and analysis of observational studies and the formulation of explanatory models to identify environmental, sociodemographic, and birth risk factors involved in the etiology of psychiatric conditions. Amanda contributes to the operation of two public health surveillance systems in Utah. She is Director and Epidemiologist of URADD as well as co-investigator of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Utah Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring site.