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Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Faculty Profile

  • Judith Graber, PhD, MS

  • Associate Professor

  • Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

  • CV

Occupational cancer; dust exposure; World Trade Center; total worker health.

Dr. Graber is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist who earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois, School of Public Health in 2012, where was awarded the Haenszel Award for Excellence in Research and inducted into the Delta Omega Honor Society. She transitioned to academia after 15 years of working in the public sector at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maine Bureau of Health (now Maine CDC).

Research Interests
Dr. Graber’s research is focused on the interactive roles of occupational and behaviors risk factors (such as tobacco use) on cancer incidence. Her current research assesses risk factors and mechanisms for head and neck cancer. She is specifically exploring possible causal pathways wherein exposure to the pollutants from the World Trade Center (WTC) attacks and subsequent rescue and recovery efforts may mediate or moderate associations between well-established risk factors for head and neck cancer incidence, including smoking tobacco, excess alcohol use, and oral infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). This work has the long term goal of cancer prevention among emergency responders, including firefighters.

Research Highlights

Dr. Graber is the first researcher to conduct a nested case control study of cancer incidence among WTC responders .

Dr. Graber’s doctoral work, in combination with those of other studies, demonstrated that coal mine dust exposure is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer.

In New Jersey, Dr. Garber’s workers with sand and gravel workers found that quarry industry have significantly higher rates of smoking and current use of any tobacco product in New Jersey, than all NJ workers with of similar gender, age, and race/ethnicity.

Select Publications
Graber, J. (2018) "Application of the Delphi method to reduce disability and mortality from coal mine dust lung disease in China; a new approach to an old problem.", Occupational and environmental medicine Vol. 75

Graber, J., Chuang, C., Ward, C., Black, K., Udasin, I. (2018) "Head and Neck Cancer in World Trade Center Responders: A Case Series.", Journal of occupational and environmental medicine Vol. 60

JY, E., Graber , J., Lu, S., Lin, Y., Lu-Yao, G., Tan , X. (2017) "Effect of metformin and statin use on survival in pancreatic cancer patients: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis", Curr Med Chem Vol. 25

Milich , L., Shendell , D., Graber , J. (2017) "Safety and health risk perceptions: A cross-sectional study of New Jersey hair and nail salon clients", Journal of Chemical Health and Safety Vol. 24

Graber, J., Harris, G., Almberg, K., Rose, C., Petsonk, E., Cohen, R. (2017) "Increasing Severity of Pneumoconiosis Among Younger Former US Coal Miners Working Exclusively Under Modern Dust-Control Regulations.", Journal of occupational and environmental medicine Vol. 59

Farnacio, Y., Pratt, M., Marshall, E., Graber, J. (2017) "Are Workplace Psychosocial Factors Associated With Work-Related Injury in the US Workforce?: National Health Interview Survey, 2010.", Journal of occupational and environmental medicine Vol. 59

Stayner, L., Almberg, K., Jones, R., Graber, J., Pedersen, M., Turyk, M. (2017) "Atrazine and nitrate in drinking water and the risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight in four Midwestern states.", Environmental Research Vol. 152

Graber, J., Delnevo, C., Manderski, M., Wackowski, O., Rose, C., Ahluwalia, J., Cohen, R. (2016) "Cigarettes, Smokeless Tobacco, and Poly-Tobacco Among Workers in Three Dusty Industries.", Journal of occupational and environmental medicine Vol. 58

Graber , J., Worthington , K., Meng , Q., Delnevo , C., Cohen , R. (2015) "Understanding Tobacco Use Among New Jersey Workers; A Collaborative Approach to Population Access and Preliminary Survey Results", Annals of Epidemiology Vol. 25

Scholarly Activities
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), Certification in Public Health Study Guide Committee

External Expert Panel, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

NJ Environmental Public Health Tracking's 2018 Technical Advisory Board (TAG)

New Jersey Department of Health Biomonitoring Commission

Guest Editor, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special Issue "Long-Term Health Effects of the 9/11 Disaster"