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Aisha S. Dickerson, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: Environmental Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E7638
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

Bloomberg American Health Initiative - Environmental Challenges

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PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2014
MSPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009
BS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005


I am an environmental neuroepidemiologist with primary research interests in environmental risk factors for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Specifically, I study combined environmental and occupational exposures to metals over the life course and subsequent individual and transgenerational neurological outcomes, including autism spectrum disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and dementia. Additionally, I continue to investigate the influence of disparities in autism assessment and service provision along with environmental justice issues in underserved communities.

Honors and Awards

2020 American Journal of Epidemiology Reviewer of the Year

2020 Bloomberg American Health Initiative Spark Award

2019 Society for Research in Child Development Victoria S. Levin Award

2018-2019 NIEHS Environmental Epidemiology of Autism Network Meeting Travel Award

2018 Rose Traveling Fellowship, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2017-2019 NIMHD Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program

2017-2019 Alonzo Smythe Yerby Fellowship, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2016-2019 NIEHS Environmental Epidemiology Postdoctoral Training Grant, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2013-2014 International Society for Autism Research Diversity Travel Award

2010-2014 HRSA Predoctoral Public Health Traineeship

2010 Education Advancement Foundation Graduate Scholarship

  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • Metals
  • Occupation
  • Air pollution
  • Exposure mixtures
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Dementia
  • Life course exposures
  • Environmental justice

Publications highlighting my research interests:

  • Dickerson AS and Dickerson AS. (2020) Brief Report: Texas School District Autism Prevalence in Children from Non-English-Speaking Homes. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 50(4):1411-1417
  • Dickerson AS, Hansen J, Gredal O, Weisskopf MG. (2018) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Exposure to Diesel Exhaust in a Danish Cohort. American Journal of Epidemiology. 187(8):1613-1622
  • Dickerson AS, Rotem R, Christian MA, Nguyen VY, Specht AJ. (2017) Potential sex differences relative to autism spectrum disorder and metals. Current Environmental Health Reports. 4(4):405-414.
  • Dickerson AS, Rahbar MH, Pearson DA, Kirby RS, Bakian A, Bilder D, Pettygrove S, Harrington R, Moyé L, Zahorodny W, Wingate MS, Durkin M. (2017) Autism Spectrum Disorder reporting in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice. 21(4): 470-480.
  • Dickerson AS, Rahbar MH, Bakian A, Bilder D, Harrington R, Pettygrove S, Kirby R, Durkin M, Han I, Moyé L, Pearson DA, Wingate MS, Zahorodny W. (2016) Autism Spectrum Disorder prevalence and associations with ambient air concentrations of lead, mercury and arsenic. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 188(7): 407