Frederica Perera – Full Interview

(Duration 33:57)

Contents

Part 1 – Early Career (10:58)

  1. How did you become interested in researching the effects of environmental pollutants on human health? 00:40
  2. Was there any event that particularly triggered your interest in studying environmental toxins? 01:30
  3. What led you to pursue a degree in Environmental Health Sciences and Public Health? 02:50
  4. Tell me a bit more about you learned in your early collaboration with Dr. Weinstein. 06:20
  5. How did the results of that study influence your work? 07:25
  6. How did your research in molecular epidemiology evolve to focus on the fetus and other susceptible groups? 08:40

Part 2 – Current Research (12:57)

  1. Why did you begin studying inner-city communities in New York? 10:25
  2. Please describe your work at the Center for Children’s Environmental Health at Columbia. 11:45
  3. Please say more about how your new epidemiological methods work and what you’ve learned? 15:00
  4. What have you found about prenatal exposures to air pollutants and other toxic chemicals? 16:40
  5. Have you seen examples of where decreased toxic exposures have yielded positive health effects? 18:50
  6. What can you say about the interrelationship of toxic chemicals and climate change on young children? 19:50

Part 3 – Solutions (9:17)

  1. What, if any, regulations do you think should be enacted to address some of these problems? 22:10
  2. Are you at all optimistic about the prospects for such regulatory reform? 23:50
  3. Can more be done to give the public better information about environmental health risks? 24:25
  4. Please describe your collaboration with community organizations and policymakers in New York. 26:25
  5. What are some of the challenges to getting the public more involved in efforts for change? 28:50

Part 4 – Five Favorites (4:21)

  1. What mentor had the greatest influence on your work? 30:30
  2. What do you consider to be the best wide-audience book, article, or movie related to your field? 30:50
  3. What do you consider to be the most important academic book or article? 31:08
  4. Which of your scholarly publications would you recommend to viewers? 31:45
  5. Which activist or community organization do you most admire? 32:45
Dr. Perera Interview Segments Duration
Part 1 – Early Career 10:58
Part 2 – Current Research 12:57
Part 3 – Solutions 9:17
Part 4 – Five Favorites 4:21
Full Interview 33:57

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