Noémie Sportiche is a third year Ph.D. candidate in Harvard's Health Policy program with a concentration in evaluative science and statistics where she studies the relationship between urban policies, urban development, and health. She is currently researching the effects of changing housing prices on health. Noémie's research stems from four years spent as a public health planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council—the regional planning agency for the Boston metro area—where she used public health data, research, and analytical methods to integrate health into urban planning policy and infrastructure decisions in order to protect population health and reduce health disparities.
Noémie has a B.S. in cognitive science from UCLA and a S.M. in social and behavioral sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she focused on the relationship between the built environment and health. Prior to starting her S.M. at Harvard, Noémie spent two years studying the implications of sleep fragmentation for neurogenesis, behavior, and memory formation at a lab at UCLA and the Veterans Administration. She also conducted epidemiologic research on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and youth obesity for the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.