Keck School Faculty

Erika Garcia
Erika Garcia
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Erika Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is an environmental epidemiologist whose research focuses on the role of airborne environmental contaminants in the development of human disease and applies both traditional epidemiologic as well as advanced causal inference methodologies. She has published studies conducted in both occupational and community exposure settings. Her early research involved examination of the healthy worker survivor effect and application of g-methods in cancer studies of autoworkers exposed to metalworking fluids. More recently, her research has focused on the effects of early-life air pollution exposure on pediatric respiratory and metabolic health outcomes, including new-onset asthma, lung function, and childhood obesity. As part of these studies, she uses causal inference methods to estimate effects of policy-relevant air pollution interventions. Dr. Garcia received a PhD and MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prenatal Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Substances Associated with Increased Susceptibility to Liver Injury in Children Hepatology. 2020 Aug 01. . View in PubMed

Patterns and determinants of exhaled nitric oxide trajectories in schoolchildren over a 7-year period Eur Respir J. 2020 Jul; 56(1). . View in PubMed

COVID-19, Climate Change, and the American Thoracic Society: A Shared Responsibility Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 Jun 23. . View in PubMed

Arsenic and birth outcomes in a predominately lower income Hispanic pregnancy cohort in Los Angeles Environ Res. 2020 May; 184:109294. . View in PubMed

Outdoor Air Pollution and New-Onset Airway DiseaseAn Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 04; 17(4):387-398. . View in PubMed

The Potential Effects of Policy-driven Air Pollution Interventions on Childhood Lung Development Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 02 15; 201(4):438-444. . View in PubMed

Effects of policy-driven hypothetical air pollutant interventions on childhood asthma incidence in southern California Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 08 06; 116(32):15883-15888. . View in PubMed

Association of Changes in Air Quality With Incident Asthma in Children in California, 1993-2014 JAMA. 2019 05 21; 321(19):1906-1915. . View in PubMed

Lung cancer mortality and exposure to synthetic metalworking fluid and biocides: controlling for the healthy worker survivor effect Occup Environ Med. 2018 10; 75(10):730-735. . View in PubMed

Contrasting Causal Effects of Workplace Interventions Epidemiology. 2018 07; 29(4):542-546. . View in PubMed

Breast Cancer Incidence and Exposure to Metalworking Fluid in a Cohort of Female Autoworkers Am J Epidemiol. 2018 03 01; 187(3):539-547. . View in PubMed

Assessment of the healthy worker survivor effect in cancer studies of the United Autoworkers-General Motors cohort Occup Environ Med. 2017 03; 74(4):294-300. . View in PubMed

Evaluating a county-based healthy nail salon recognition program Am J Ind Med. 2015 Feb; 58(2):193-202. . View in PubMed

Hazardous air pollutants and breast cancer risk in California teachers: a cohort study Environ Health. 2015 Jan 30; 14:14. . View in PubMed

Environmental Street Audits and Black Carbon Measurements in Vietnamese Immigrant Communities Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2015; 9(2):179-90. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of the agreement between modeled and monitored ambient hazardous air pollutants in California Int J Environ Health Res. 2014 Aug; 24(4):363-77. . View in PubMed

A cross-sectional analysis of light at night, neighborhood sociodemographics and urinary 6-sulfatoxymelatonin concentrations: implications for the conduct of health studies Int J Health Geogr. 2013 Aug 30; 12:39. . View in PubMed

Reducing chemical exposures in nail salons through owner and worker trainings: an exploratory intervention study Am J Ind Med. 2013 Jul; 56(7):806-17. . View in PubMed

Determinants and within-person variability of urinary cadmium concentrations among women in northern California Environ Health Perspect. 2013 Jun; 121(6):643-9. . View in PubMed

Ischemic heart disease mortality and PM(35) in a cohort of autoworkers. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Mar; 56(3):317-25. . View in PubMed

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