Tim Bruckner is a population health scholar with training in epidemiology, demography,
and health services. He examines how health responds to ambient—and often unexpected—changes
in the environment. His inquiries typically focus on pregnant women and persons with
mental disorder, as these two populations appear sensitive to unexpected changes in
the environment. A population health response to a phenomenon is not equivalent to
the sum of individual responses measured from, say, a clinical trial because populations
exhibit emergent characteristics often not identified from the study of individuals.
A sampling of ambient changes that interest him include new mental health policies,
economic shocks (both positive and negative), extreme cold, the 9/11 and November
2015 Paris terrorist attacks, and a toilet construction campaign in India. He intends
for his work to inform basic science, social determinants of health, and health policy.
His current policy-related projects receive funding support from the National Institutes