- Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry
Keely Cheslack-Postava earned a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins in 2008. Her research interests focus on the impacts of environmental exposures on early life health and development. Her dissertation research involved investigation of whether fetal exposure to autoantibodies of maternal or fetal origin is associated with later diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, motivated by previous research linking these disorders to autoimmunity. Her research has also involved examining the potential role of environmental pollutants and genetic factors in influencing autism risk.
As a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, Keely has expanded her conception of "environment" to encompass social factors and their interaction with biology in the etiology of autism and autism diagnosis. Current areas of focus are birth order, family size, and gender. She remains interested in the effects of more traditional environmental exposures, and is working to develop a pilot study using biomarkers to assess prenatal exposure to lead and persistent organic pollutants.
Credentials & Experience
Education & Training
- PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
DEVELOPMENTAL PATHWAYS AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Federal Gov)
Sep 1 2017 - Aug 31 2020
PRENATAL FACTORS AND RISK OF AUTISM IN A FINNISH NATIONAL BIRTH COHORT (Federal Gov)
Jan 20 2014 - Oct 31 2018
ROLE OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY IN THE TOBACCO EPIDEMIC (Federal Gov)
Jul 3 2017 - Jun 30 2018
A RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM IN PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY (Federal Gov)
Jul 1 1972 - Jun 30 2017
IMPACT OF THE GROWING MENTAL HEALTH DISPARITY IN SMOKING ON THE ENDURING TOBACCO EPIDEMIC (Federal Gov)
Sep 15 2014 - Jun 30 2016