Dr. Yang (Sophia) Qiu works primarily with the Center’s Nature, Health, and the Built Environment team to advance the understanding of the interaction between physical space and population health. Her most recent work has focused on environmental pollution and human–environment interaction in the urban setting. Currently, Dr. Qiu is leading the Center’s effort in research translation through multidisciplinary collaborations in China and Asia Pacific.
Dr. Qiu has a background in sustainable built environment and international development. She was part of the effort to understand the health effect of energy-efficient retrofitting on urban public housing in the U.S. through the Green Housing Study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC). Her earlier work has motivated the CDC and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to grant her a self-designed project on qualitative evaluation of healthy housing programs in 10 U.S. cities. Working collaboratively with the Green and Healthy Housing Initiative (GHHI), Dr. Qiu produced a number of white papers on the political economy of multidisciplinary partnership in U.S. healthy housing initiatives for municipal governments and the federal government. Dr. Qiu has been invited to talk at various institutions with regard to healthy housing studies, pollution control and sustainable built environment.
Dr. Qiu has conducted projects both in the U.S. and abroad during the past decade. Some of her experiences include leading government-sponsored multidisciplinary research projects on healthy housing and sustainable renovation practices, international studies on indoor pollution control and exposure assessment, and interdisciplinary innovation projects in social entrepreneurship.
Dr. Qiu obtained her Doctor of Science degree from the Department of Environmental Health and her Master of Science degree from the Department of Global Health, both at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Qiu specializes in indoor environmental quality monitoring and assessment, and her research interests lie at the intersection between health and the built environment.
Prior to her time at Harvard, Dr. Qiu obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, earning several academic distinctions, including cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, at the time of her graduation.