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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Internal Medicine
Bio Dr. Jacqueline Ferguson is a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. David Rehkopf at the Center for Population Health Sciences at Stanford and Dr. Donna Zulman through the Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) at the Palo Alto VA.
She specializes in using secondary data sources such as occupational records, insurance claims, and electronic health records to study the relationship between environmental and social exposures and population health. Her research interests are widespread, but all center around methodology to handle time-varying exposures affected by prior exposure and methodology to account for multiple co-exposures or exposure mixtures.
Jacqueline’s doctoral research examined the impact of specific components of shift work on worker health, and identified night and rotational work as risk factors for hypertension and Type II diabetes. As a postdoc and BD-STEP fellow, Jacqueline is applying methodology, primarily developed for assessing chemical mixtures in environmental epidemiology, to examine co-occurring social determinants of health. Her research seeks to understand how multiple social determinants of health can simultaneously influence veteran care and health within the Veterans Health Administration.