Lara Cushing

A Short Biography:

Lara Cushing’s research focuses on social inequalities in exposure to environmental hazards, and race and class determinants of environmental health disparities. Her work has investigated questions of environmental justice in the context of hazardous industrial facilities, prenatal exposures to harmful man-made chemicals, urban greenspace, oil and gas drilling, and global climate change. Dr. Cushing holds a M.P.H. in Epidemiology and a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD from the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. She is an Environmental Fellow of the Robet & Patricia Switzer Foundation and JPB Environmental Health Fellow through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Work Titles
UCLA Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South
56-070 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095


A selected list of publications:

Cushing Lara J, Vavra-Musser Kate, Chau Khang, Franklin Meredith, Johnston Jill E   Flaring from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development and Birth Outcomes in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas Environmental health perspectives, 2020; 128(7): 77003.
Tran Kathy V, Casey Joan A, Cushing Lara J, Morello-Frosch Rachel   Residential Proximity to Oil and Gas Development and Birth Outcomes in California: A Retrospective Cohort Study of 2006-2015 Births Environmental health perspectives, 2020; 128(6): 67001.
Johnston Jill E, Chau Khang, Franklin Meredith, Cushing Lara   Environmental Justice Dimensions of Oil and Gas Flaring in South Texas: Disproportionate Exposure among Hispanic communities Environmental science & technology, 2020; 54(10): 6289-6298.
Johnston Jill, Cushing Lara   Chemical Exposures, Health, and Environmental Justice in Communities Living on the Fenceline of Industry Current environmental health reports, 2020; 7(1): 48-57.
Franklin Meredith, Chau Khang, Cushing Lara J, Johnston Jill E   Characterizing Flaring from Unconventional Oil and Gas Operations in South Texas Using Satellite Observations Environmental science & technology, 2019; 53(4): 2220-2228.
Cushing Lara, Blaustein-Rejto Dan, Wander Madeline, Pastor Manuel, Sadd James, Zhu Allen, Morello-Frosch Rachel   Carbon trading, co-pollutants, and environmental equity: Evidence from California's cap-and-trade program (2011-2015) PLoS medicine, 2018; 15(7): e1002604.
Casey Joan A, James Peter, Cushing Lara, Jesdale Bill M, Morello-Frosch Rachel   Race, Ethnicity, Income Concentration and 10-Year Change in Urban Greenness in the United States International journal of environmental research and public health, 2017; 14(12): e1002604.
Morello-Frosch Rachel, Cushing Lara J, Jesdale Bill M, Schwartz Jackie M, Guo Weihong, Guo Tan, Wang Miaomiao, Harwani Suhash, Petropoulou Syrago-Styliani E, Duong Wendy, Park June-Soo, Petreas Myrto, Gajek Ryszard, Alvaran Josephine, She Jianwen, Dobraca Dina, Das Rupali, Woodruff Tracey J   Environmental Chemicals in an Urban Population of Pregnant Women and Their Newborns from San Francisco Environmental science & technology, 2016; 50(22): 12464-12472.
Cushing Lara, Faust John, August Laura Meehan, Cendak Rose, Wieland Walker, Alexeeff George   Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Cumulative Environmental Health Impacts in California: Evidence From a Statewide Environmental Justice Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen 1.1) American journal of public health, 2015; 105(11): 2341-8.

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