David Richardson

David Richardson, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
2102B McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB# 7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Richardson leads the team for managing disease through linking electronic data within the Research and Innovation Solutions Gillings Innovation Lab.

Honors and Awards

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Barcelona, Spain
2013, UNC-CH

Member, Institute of Medicine, Committee on Research Directions in Human Biological Effects of Low Level Ionizing Radiation, National Academies of Science, Washington DC
2013, UNC-CH

Member, Advisory Group on Quantitative Risk Characterization for the IARC Monographs, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
2013, UNC-CH

Member, Institute of Medicine, Committee on Review of the Department of Labor’s Site Exposure Matrix Database, National Academies of Science, Washington DC
2013, UNC-CH

Research Fellow
2012, Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety

Member, Agricultural Health Study, National Advisory Panel, Washington, DC
2012, UNC-CH

Best paper in Biometrics
2011, American Statistical Association (ASA)

Analytics and Statistics Section Best Presentation Award
2011, Western Users of SAS Software

Research Activities

Research interests

Environment (general)
Injury prevention
Occupational health

Research activities

Occupational epidemiology
Environmental epidemiology
Radiation epidemiology
Injury epidemiology

Key Publications

Maternal Exposure to Criteria Air Pollutants and Congenital Heart Defects in Offspring: Results from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. M Anderka, A Aylsworth, L Botto, A Correa, J Daniels, M Fuentes, S Gilboa, A Herring, P Langlois, T Luben, B Mosley, A Olshan, D Richardson, G Shaw, C Siffel, J Stingone (2014). Environmental health perspectives.

Perfluoroalkyl substances during pregnancy and validated preeclampsia among nulliparous women in the norwegian mother and child cohort study. Donna Baird, D Baird, Georg Becher, G Becher, Merete Eggesbø, M Eggesbø, Stephanie Engel, S Engel, Quaker Harmon, Q Harmon, Line Haug, L Haug, Jane Hoppin, J Hoppin, Kari Klungsøyr, K Klungsøyr, Matthew Longnecker, M Longnecker, Per Magnus, P Magnus, David Richardson, D Richardson, Azemira Sabaredzovic, A Sabaredzovic, Anne Starling, A Starling, Alison Stuebe, A Stuebe, Cathrine Thomsen, C Thomsen, Gregory Travlos, G Travlos, Lill Trogstad, L Trogstad, Ralph Wilson, R Wilson (2014). American Journal of Epidemiology, 179(7), 824-833.

Influence of Urbanicity and County Characteristics on the Association between Ozone and Asthma Emergency Department Visits in North Carolina. J Davis Jr, T Luben, A Rappold, D Richardson, J Sacks, A Waller (2014). Environmental health perspectives.

A case control study of environmental and occupational exposures associated with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage in patients admitted to a rural tertiary care hospital in a high density swine region. Kerri Augustino, Maliha Aziz, Kerri L.Augustino, Pia MacDonald, Delores Nobles, Lance Price, Keith Ramsey, David Richardson, Leah Schinasi, Jill Stewart, Steve Wing (2014). Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 13(1).

Accounting for outcome misclassification in estimates of the effect of occupational asbestos exposure on lung cancer death. Haitao Chu, Stephen Cole, Jessie Edwards, Andrew Olshan, David Richardson (2014). American Journal of Epidemiology, 179(5), 641-647.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Director, Program in Occupational Epidemiology, North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center

Core Faculty, Injury Prevention Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Member, Exposure and Biomarkers Research Core, Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

Member, Cancer Epidemiology Program, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center


  • PhD, Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 1997
  • DDS, Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 1994
  • BA, Political Science, Duke University, 1991