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Room 589 WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

Campus Phone Number: 
(608) 262-0739, (608) 890-3720

Kristen Malecki, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor

Biography

Kristen Malecki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She has a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology and Health Policy and Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Malecki serves as the co-director for the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), overseeing survey implementation efforts and ancillary study development. She has been a leader in the development and evaluation of indicators for environmental health risk assessment and policy. Dr. Malecki also works to bridge applied public health practice with academic research focusing on environmental health and health disparities using a social determinants of health model. She recently served as Principal Investigator for the Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council project addressing vulnerability among private well owners in Wisconsin. Her current research is also focused on developing models to examine combined chemical (air pollution, water pollution), physical and social stressors and influence on adult chronic disease, childhood development and obesity. She is a member of the University of Wisconsin National Institute for Environmental Health Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (coordinating center). Her transdisciplinary work includes identification of biomarkers of expression and response using epigenetics and transcriptomics. She also serves as the Principal Investigator for a number of SHOW ancillary studies involving community-academic partnerships.

Before coming to the UW she served as the lead epidemiologist for the state Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. In these roles she has gained extensive experience in leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in development of environmental health surveillance and epidemiologic data for addressing chronic diseases and disparities in the State of Wisconsin and the nation.

Dr. Malecki's current areas of research interest include:

  • systems-science approaches to addressing health disparities
  • environmental epidemiology (children's health, pesticide and water exposures, adult chronic diseases and cumulative risks, climate change)
  • chemical, physical (built environment) and social factors influence on child growth, development, and obesity
  • translational community based environmental health research
  • transcriptional biomarkers of exposure and response

Her teaching interests and experience spans from environmental health to survey research methods and applied public health practice.

Affiliations/Associations

  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologist (CSTE)
  • Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA)
  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiolgoy (ISEE)
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)
  • Lindsay Heights/Walnut Way Wellness Commons Program Integration Committee
  • Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 State Health Plan Focus Area Strategic Team: Environmental and Occupational Health

Select Publications

Frederick L, Vanderslice J, Taddie M, Malecki K, Gregg J, Faust N, Johnson WP. Contrasting Regional and National Mechanisms for Predicting Elevated Arsenic in Private Wells across the United States using Classification and Regression Trees. Water Research (Accepted for Publication).

Christensen KY, Thompson BA, Werner M, Malecki K, Imm P, Anderson HA. Levels of Persistent Contaminants in Relation to Fish Consumption Among Older Male Anglers in Wisconsin. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health Mar 2016; 219(2): 184-194.

Christensen KY, Thompson BA, Werner M, Malecki K, Imm P, Anderson HA. Levels of Nutrients in Relation to Fish Consumption Among Older Male Anglers in Wisconsin. Environmental Research Oct 2015; 142: 542-548.

Malecki K, Wisk LE, Walsh M, McWilliams C, Eggers S, Olson M. Oral Health Equity and Unmet Dental Care Needs in a Population-Based Sample: Findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. American Journal of Public Health.Jul 2015; 105(S3): S466-S474.

Martinez-Donate AP, Riggall AJ, Meinen AM, Malecki K, et al. Evaluation of a Pilot Healthy Eating Intervention in Restaurants and Food Stores of a Rural Community: A Randomized Community Trial. BMC Public Health 2015; 15: 136.

Shin JI, Bautista LE, Walsh MC, Malecki KC, Nieto FJ. Food Insecurity and Dyslipidemia in a Representative Population-Based Sample in the US. Preventive Medicine May 22, 2015.

Christensen KY, Thompson BA, Werner M, Malecki K, Imm P, Anderson HA. Levels of Persistent Contaminants in Relation to Fish Consumption Among Older Male Anglers in Wisconsin. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health Mar 2016; 219(2): 184-194.

Christensen K, Werner M, Malecki K. Serum Selenium and Lipid Levels: Associations Observed in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2011-2012. Environmental Research Mar 30, 2015; 140: 76-84.

Laxy M, Malecki KC, Givens ML, Walsh MC, Nieto FJ. The Association Between Neighborhood Economic Hardship, the Retail Food Environment, Fast Food Intake, and Obesity: Findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. BMC Public Health 2015; 15: 237.

Malecki KC, Engelman CD, Peppard PE, et al. The Wisconsin Assessment of the Social and Built Environment (WASABE): A Multi-Dimensional Objective Audit Instrument for Examining Neighborhood Effects on Health. BMC Public Health 2014; 14: 1165.

Bailey EJ, Malecki KC, Engelman CD, et al. Predictors of Discordance Between Perceived and Objective Neighborhood Data. Annals of Epidemiology Mar 2014; 24(3): 214-221.

Beyer KM, Kaltenbach A, Szabo A, Bogar S, Nieto FJ, Malecki KM. Exposure to Neighborhood Green Space and Mental Health: Evidence from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2014; 11(3): 3453-3472.

Cofino R, Prieto M, Suarez O, Malecki K. The Art of Drawing Numbers and Stories in the Air: Epidemiology, Information, Emotion and Action. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Sep 4, 2014.

Guerrero N WM, Malecki KC, Nieto FJN. Urban-Rural and Regional Variability in the Prevalence of Food Insecurity: The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Medical Journal August 2014; 113(4): 133-138.

Litzelman K, Skinner HG, Gangnon RE, Nieto FJ, Malecki K, Witt WP. Role of Global Stress in the Health-Related Quality of Life of Caregivers: Evidence from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. Qual Life Res 2014; 23: 1569-78.

Uejio CK, Yale SH, Malecki K, Borchardt MA, Anderson HA, Patz JA. Drinking Water Systems, Hydrology, and Childhood Gastrointestinal Illness in Central and Northern Wisconsin. American Journal of Public Health Apr 2014; 104(4): 639-646.

A full list of publications is available through PubMED.