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Thomas A. Glass, PhD

Faculty Associate, Johns Hopkins Population Center


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615 N. Wolfe Street, E6144
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


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PhD , Duke University , 1989
MA , Duke University


Dr. Glass is a social epidemiologist with broad interests in the role of social and behavioral factors in population health. He has conducted research on social support, social networks and social engagement and how they impact health and functioning in older adults. He has conducted intervention studies in older adults to improve functioning.  He is working to develop and test a new real-time data acquisition system to measure social, physical and cognitive function using sensors. Other recent work explores the characteristics of the built and social environments and how they impact a variety of health outcomes including obesity.  He is co-director of the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity.  He directs the Baltimore Neighborhood Research Consortium ( for the advancement of neighborhood research in the Baltimore area.

Honors and Awards

Brookdale National Fellow

Golden Apple Award, small class

social epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, aging, behavior and health, neighborhoods, cerebrovascular disease, disaster epidemiology, bioterrorism, obesity

  • *Lee BK, Glass TA, James BD, Bandeen-Roche K, Schwartz BS. Neighborhood psychosocial environment, apolipoprotein E genotype, and cognitive function in older adults. Archives of General Psychiatry Vol 68(3) pp. 314-321.

  • 2010    *Fichtenberg CM, Jennings JM, Glass TA, Ellen JM. Neighborhood Socioeconomic Environment and Sexual Network Position. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine.

  • 2010    *Nandi A, Glass TA, Cole SR, Chu H, Galea S, Celentano DD, Kirk GD, Vlahov D, Latimer WW, Mehta SH. Neighborhood poverty and injection cessation in a sample of injection drug users. American Journal of Epidemiology Vol. 171 pp. 391-398.

  • 2010    *Feng J, Glass TA, Curriero FC, Stewart WF, Schwartz BS. The built environment and obesity: a systematic review of the epidemiologic evidence. Heath and Place Vol. 16 (2) pp. 175-90.

    2009 Huang TT, Drewnosksi A, Kumanyika S, Glass TA. A systems-oriented multilevel framework for addressing obesity in the 21st century. Prev Chronic Dis Vol. 6 (3) p. A82.

  • 2009 Glass TA, Bandeen-Roche K, McAtee M, Bolla K, Todd AC, Schwartz BS. Neighborhood psychosocial hazards and the association of cumulative lead dose with cognitive function in older adults American Journal of Epidemiology Vol. 169 (6) pp. 683-92.