Jaymie Meliker, Ph.D.

Jaymie Meliker


Jaymie R. Meliker, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine

Program in Public Health

Faculty Member of Consortium for InterDisciplinary Environmental Research


EMAIL: Jaymie.Meliker@stonybrookmedicine.edu

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Dr. Meliker’s research contributes to the fields of exposure science, health geography, and environmental epidemiology.  His scholarship falls into two lines of inquiry: (1) identifying environmental factors that play important roles in disease morbidity, and (2) developing space-time methods that improve our ability to investigate exposure-disease relationships. Highlights of his work include pioneering development of space-time information systems for lifetime exposure reconstruction, and epidemiology of low-level exposure to arsenic in drinking water. He has published on drinking water contaminants, air pollutants, arsenic, cadmium, asthma, osteoporosis, stroke, and different types of cancers, and enjoys tackling environmental epidemiologic and spatio-temporal methodological problems to advance population health.


Ph.D., Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health (2006)
Inter-Disciplinary Certificate in Spatial Analysis, University of Michigan (2003)
M.S., Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health (2001)
B.A., Neuroscience, Oberlin College (1996)

Academic Interests:

Environmental Health, Environmental Epidemiology, Human Exposure Assessment, Health Geography, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Justice, Geographic Information Science, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, and History of Public Health

Editorial Board Member:

2012-present. PLOSOne

2009-present. Spatial & Spatio-temporal Epidemiology

2011-present. Science of the Total Environment

2018-present. Toxics

Professional Memberships:

  • International Society of Environmental Epidemiology
  • International Society of Exposure Science, Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Association of Geographers

Selected Invited Presentations:

2016   USEPA: Temporal Exposure Issues for Environmental Pollutants: Health Effects and Methodologies for Eliminating Risks, RTP, NC

2015   ASTHO/CDC Expert Panel: Breast Cancer Mortality among African American Women, Atlanta, GA

2014   Gordon Research Conference, Oceans & Human Health, Biddeford, ME

2013   USEPA-NCEA  Arsenic Webinar Series

2013   US-NCI Survey Workshop: “Global and National Issues Shaping the Cancer Control Surveillance Landscape”, Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, Bethesda, MD

2008   14th Danish Cancer Society Symposium, Advances in Epid Methods Session, Copenhagen, DK

2007   Plenary Session, Geospatial Technologies and Public Health Symposium at Texas A&M U

2006   UCGIS Workshop on Dynamics in Geographic Domains, Baltimore, MD

Selected Service Roles:

Grant Reviewer

 2018-2022       Standing Member, NIH IRAP Study Section -- Infectious, Reproductive, Asthma, and Pulmonary Conditions

Advisory Board Member

2016-2017       Invited Member, USEPA Chemical Safety Advisory Committee
2015-present   EPA Region 2 Environmental Justice, Technical Advisory Board on changes to the Suffolk County Administrative Code regarding existing on-site sewage disposal systems for residential properties.
2009-present   Gelfond Fund for Mercury Related Research & Outreach

Research Activities & Projects:

Environmental Epidemiology of Low-level Arsenic, Cadmium and Mercury Exposure
Identifying Biomarkers of Environmental Exposure
Methods for Improving Space-time Exposure Reconstruction
Methods for Incorporating Error in Exposure in Epidemiologic Analyses

Select  Publications (out of 86):

Meliker JR, Maio RF, Zimmerman MA, Kim HM, Smith SC, Wilson ML (2004) Spatial analysis of alcohol-related motor vehicle crash injuries in southeastern Michigan. Accident Analysis and Prevention 36: 1129-1135.

Meliker JR, Slotnick MJ, AvRuskin GA, Kaufmann A, Jacquez GM, Nriagu JO (2005) Improving exposure assessment in environmental epidemiology: Application of spatio-temporal visualization tools. Journal of Geographic Systems 7: 49-66.

Meliker JR, Wahl RL, Cameron L, Nriagu JO (2007) Arsenic in drinking water and cerebrovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and kidney disease in Michigan: a standardized mortality ratio analysis. Environmental Health 6: 4.

Meliker JR, Slotnick MJ, AvRuskin GA, Kaufmann A, Fedewa SA, Goovaerts P, Jacquez GM, Nriagu JO (2007) Individual lifetime exposure to inorganic arsenic using a Space-Time Information System. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 80: 184-197.

*Gallagher CM, Kovach JS, Meliker JR (2008) Urinary cadmium and osteoporosis in U.S. women age 50- 85, NHANES 1988-1994 and 1999-2004. Environmental Health Perspectives 116: 1338-1343. 

Meliker JR, Jacquez GM, Goovaerts P, AvRuskin GA, Copeland G (2009) Breast and prostate cancer survival in Michigan: Can geographic analyses assist in understanding racial disparities? Cancer 115: 2212- 2221.

Meliker JR, Slotnick MJ, AvRuskin GA, Schottenfeld D, Jacquez GM, Wilson ML, Goovaerts P, Franzblau A, Nriagu JO (2010) Lifetime exposure to arsenic in drinking water and bladder cancer: A population-based case-control study in Michigan. Cancer Causes and Control 21: 745-757.

Lisabeth LS, Ahn HJ, Chen JJ, Sealy-Jefferson S, Burke JF, Meliker JR (2010) Arsenic in drinking water and stroke hospitalizations in Michigan. Stroke 41:2499-2504.  

*Rivera-Nunez Z, Meliker JR, Linder AM, Nriagu JO (2010) Reliability of spot urine samples in assessing arsenic exposure.  International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 213: 259-264. 

Jacquez GM, Slotnick MJ, Meliker JR, AvRuskin G, Copeland G, Nriagu J (2011) Accuracy of commercially available residential histories for epidemiologic studies. American Journal of Epidemiology 173: 236-243. 

*Gallagher CG, Smith DM, Meliker JR (2011) Total blood mercury and serum measles antibodies in US children, NHANES 2003-2004.  Science of the Total Environment 410-11: 65-71. 

Sloan CD, Jacquez GM, Gallagher CM, Ward MH, Baastrup R, Raaschou-Nielsen, Meliker JR (2012). Performance of cancer cluster Q-statistics for case-control residential histories. Spatial & Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology 3: 297-310. 

Karimi R, Silbernagel S, Fisher NS, Meliker JR (2014) Elevated blood Hg at recommended seafood consumption rates in adult seafood consumers. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 217: 758-764. 

Vacchi-Suzzi C, Kruse D, Harrington JM, Levine KE, Meliker JR (2017) Is urinary cadmium a biomarker of long-term exposure in humans? A review. Current Environmental Health Reports 3:450-58.

Monastero R, Karimi R, Nyland J, Harrington J, Levine K, Meliker JR (2017) Mercury exposure, serum antinuclear antibodies, and serum cytokine levels in the Long Island Study of Seafood Consumption: A cross-sectional study in NY, USA. Environmental Research 156: 334-340. 

Eriksen KT, McElroy JA, Harrington J,  Levine KE, Pedersen C, Sørensen M, Tjønneland A, Meliker JR, Raaschou-Nielsen O (2017) Urinary cadmium and breast cancer: a prospective Danish cohort study. JNCI 109(2):djw204.

Meliker JR, Vacchi-Suzzi C, Harrington J, Levine K, Lui L-Y, Bauer DC, Orwoll E, Kado DM. (2019) Temporal stability of urinary cadmium in samples collected several years apart in a population of older persons. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 222:230-234. 

Romeiser JL, Labriola J, Meliker JR. (2018) Geographic patterns of prescription opioids and opioid overdose deaths in New York State, 2013-2015. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

*Research/Student Assistant