Areas of expertise:
Air quality, children's health, neurodevelopment
Maria is an Environmental Epidemiologist in the Health Program and the Office of the Chief Scientist. Maria specializes in evaluating air pollution exposure and health impacts. One of her focuses at EDF is collaboration with community advocates to leverage air pollution research findings in support of health-protective policy changes.
Prior to joining EDF, Maria was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) at UC Berkeley, where her research examined the influence of early life environmental exposures on child health and development. Maria has published on the impacts of prenatal and childhood exposure to air pollution and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) on child brain development.
Ph.D. in Environmental Heath from Boston University School of Public Health
S.M. in Environmental Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Sc.B. in Environmental Science from Brown University
Harris MH, Oken E, Rifas-Shiman SL, Calafat AM, Ye X, Bellinger DC, Webster TF, White RF, Sagiv SK. Prenatal and Childhood Exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and Child Cognition. Environment International. 2018; 115:358-369.
Peng C, den Dekker M, Cardenas A, Rifas-Shiman SL, Gibson H, Agha G, Harris MH, Coull BA, Schwartz J, Litonjua AA, DeMeo DL, Hivert MF, Gilman MW, Sagiv SK, de Kluizenaar Y, Felix JF, Jaddoe VW, Oken E, Duijts L, Gold DR, Baccarelli AA. Residential Proximity to Major Roadways at Birth, DNA Methylation at Birth and Midchildhood, and Childhood Cognitive Test Scores: Project Viva (Massachusetts, USA). Environmental Health Perspectives. 2018; 126:97006.
Sagiv SK, Harris MH, Gunier RB, Kogut KR, Harley KG, Deardorff J, Bradman A, Holland N, Eskenazi B. Prenatal Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure and Traits Related to Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Population Living in Proximity to Agriculture. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2018; 126:047012.
Harris MH, Rifas-Shiman SL, Calafat AM, Ye X, Mora AM, Webster TF, Oken E, Sagiv SK. Predictors of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Plasma Concentrations in 6-10 Year Old American Children. Environmental Science and Technology. 2017; 51:5193-5204.
Harris MH, Gold DR, Rifas-Shiman SL, Melly S, Zanobetti A, Coull BA, Schwartz J, Gryparis A, Kloog I, Koutrakis P, Bellinger DC, Belfort MB, Webster TF, White RF Sagiv SK, Oken E. Prenatal and Childhood Traffic-Related Air Pollution Exposure and Childhood Executive Function and Behavior. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. 2016; 57:60-70.
Harris MH, Gold DR, Rifas-Shiman SL, Melly S, Zanobetti A, Coull BA, Schwartz J, Gryparis A, Kloog I, Koutrakis P, Bellinger DC, White RF Sagiv SK, Oken E. Prenatal and Childhood Traffic-Related Pollution Exposure and Childhood Cognition in the Project Viva Cohort (Massachusetts, USA). Environmental Health Perspectives. 2015; 123:1072-8.
Sagiv SK, Rifas-Shiman SL, Webster TF, Mora AM, Harris MH, Calafat AM, Ye X, Gillman MW, Oken E. Sociodemographic and Perinatal Predictors of Early Pregnancy Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Concentrations. Environmental Science and Technology. 2015; 49:11849-58.
Basu R, Harris M, Sie L, Malig B, Broadwin R, Green S. Effects of fine particulate matter and its constituents on low birth weight among full-term infants in California. Environmental Research. 2014; 128:42-51.