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Cole Brokamp, PhD

  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



As an assistant professor at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, I’m interested in causal inference for machine learning, environmental and population health, fairness in precision medicine and geoinformatics. My research studies the impacts of environmental exposures and community characteristics on child and adolescent health.

One of the most notable discoveries of my career was leading a research study that was the first to show that short-term air pollution is associated with psychiatric exacerbations in children. This study also found that children who are from disadvantaged communities are more susceptible to the effects of air pollution.

I started working at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2016. My research has been published in a multitude of different journals, including Environmental Health Perspectives, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Science of the Total Environment, Journal of Open Source Software, Annals of Epidemiology and Health Affairs.

BS: Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2010.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017.


Understanding the heterogeneous effects of environmental exposures and community characteristics on pediatric psychiatric health; develops new methods and technologies to support environmental and population health research, including statistical computing tools for geocoding and geomarker assessment, high resolution spatiotemporal exposure assessment models, and causal inference machine learning methods.

Research Areas

Biostatistics and Epidemiology


Racial Disparities in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care: Differences in Outcomes and Health Service Utilization Between Black and White Children. Smith, J; Liu, C; Beck, A; Fei, L; Brokamp, C; Meryum, S; Whaley, KG; Minar, P; Hellmann, J; Denson, LA; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2023; 260:113522.

Lung function and secondhand smoke exposure among children with cystic fibrosis: A Bayesian meta-analysis. Reifenberg, J; Gecili, E; Pestian, T; Andrinopoulou, ER; Ryan, PH; Brokamp, C; Collaco, JM; Szczesniak, RD. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2023; 22:694-701.

Air pollution exposure and social responsiveness in childhood: The cincinnati combined childhood cohorts. Iyanna, N; Yolton, K; LeMasters, G; Lanphear, BP; Cecil, KM; Schwartz, J; Brokamp, C; Rasnick, E; Xu, Y; MacDougall, MC; et al. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. 2023; 251:114172.

385. Exposure to Particulate Matter is Associated With Altered Salience Network Functional Connectivity and Internalizing Symptoms in Youth. Zundel, C; Evanski, JM; Bhogal, A; Desai, S; Ely, S; Gowatch, L; Brokamp, C; Marusak, HA. Biological Psychiatry. 2023; 93:s249-s250.

Built environment factors predictive of early rapid lung function decline in cystic fibrosis. Gecili, E; Brokamp, C; Rasnick, E; Afonso, PM; Andrinopoulou, ER; Dexheimer, JW; Clancy, JP; Keogh, RH; Ni, Y; Palipana, A; et al. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2023; 58:1501-1513.

Returning integrated genomic risk and clinical recommendations: The eMERGE study. Linder, JE; Allworth, A; Bland, HT; Caraballo, PJ; Chisholm, RL; Clayton, EW; Crosslin, DR; Dikilitas, O; DiVietro, A; Esplin, ED; et al. Genetics in Medicine. 2023; 25:100006.

Participant engagement to develop report-back materials for personal air monitoring. Ryan, PH; Wolfe, C; Parsons, A; Brokamp, C; Turner, A; Haynes, E. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2023; 7:e76.

Children from disadvantaged neighborhoods experience disproportionate injury from interpersonal violence. Trinidad, S; Brokamp, C; Sahay, R; Moody, S; Gardner, D; Parsons, AA; Riley, C; Sofer, N; Beck, AF; Falcone, RA; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2023; 58:545-551.

Racial Fairness in Precision Medicine: Pediatric Asthma Prediction Algorithms. Pennington, J; Rasnick, E; Martin, LJ; Biagini, JM; Mersha, TB; Parsons, A; Khurana Hershey, GK; Ryan, P; Brokamp, C. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2023; 37:239-242.

High Resolution and Spatiotemporal Place-Based Computable Exposures at Scale. Rasnick, E; Ryan, P; Blossom, J; Luttmann-Gibson, H; Lothrop, N; Habre, R; Gold, DR; Vancil, A; Schwartz, J; Gern, JE; et al. AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science proceedings AMIA Summit on Translational Science. 2023; 2023:62-70.