Alexandra K. Heaney PhD

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow
Environmental Health Sciences

Alexandra K Heaney is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Health Sciences whose research focuses on the relationships between climate and human health, with a particular focus on infectious diseases.

Alexandra K Heaney is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Scholar in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research combines epidemiology and computational science to understand the relationships between climate variability and human disease in order to inform (1) how climate change may impact disease risk in the future and (2) how climate information can be utilized to improve early warning disease prediction systems. Dr. Heaney is deeply passionate about teaching and mentoring and committed to training the next generation of global health leaders to protect human health and well-being from climate change and other environmental hazards. Her current projects aim to identify key hydrometeorological drivers of communicable and noncommunicable diseases of global and domestic importance, with particular focus on water-borne diarrheal disease and coccidioidomycosis. With collaborators at UCLA and UCSD, Dr. Heaney also has projects focused on the compound effects of wildfire smoke and heat waves on respiratory and cardiovascular health.

  • Stanford University, BA
  • Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University, PhD
  • Environmental determinants of communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Climate change
  • Infectious disease forecasting and surveillance
  • Health Implications of Climate Change (PH271G)