Dr. Theresa L. Osypuk is an associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She is also a contributor to diversitydatakids.org and diversitydata.org, both projects of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Osypuk is a social epidemiologist, and her research examines why place and social policy influence health and health disparities. Specifically, she examines the influence of racial segregation, neighborhood context and policies outside of the health sector (i.e., those concerned with housing or neighborhoods), for their effects on racial/ethnic and immigrant health disparities. Osypuk has contributed to research studies on social policy, housing and neighborhood inequity and health inequity, collaborating with ICYFP researchers Acevedo-Garcia, Joshi, McArdle, Noelke and Baldiga, and using data from diversitydatakids.org and diversitydata.org, on topics such as 1) the affordability of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); 2) the effects of economic downturns on inequities in birth outcomes; 3) the effects of social and economic policies on health; 4) how segregation patterns exposure to high-poverty schools; 5) neighborhood opportunity and location affordability for low-income renter families.
Osypuk holds a doctorate of science and a master’s degree of science from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.