David Scales

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital - 2012
  • Cambridge University - 2002
  • Yale University - 2010

The goal of my research is to more accurately identify vulnerable populations, particularly among the foreign-born.   Many foreign-born groups have higher rates of infectious disease and particularly TB while having lower rates of "lifestyle" diseases like obesity, type II diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. However, over time, these rates of disease in the foreign-born increasingly approximate disease rates in native-born populations, a process labeled acculturation. In my research, I hope to better understand the socioeconomic factors associated with acculturation to allow better differentiation of vulnerable populations based on divergent acculturation rates. This research will inform  an application being built to enable public health professionals to do hazard-based risk analysis by geographically pinpointing hot-spots of vulnerable foreign-born populations.