I received my BA in Biology from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in Ecology and Evolution. Subsequently, I worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Trials Office at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI before pursing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Michigan. I completed my MPH in 2008 and then completed my PhD in 2013 in the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, where I was a National Institute on Aging Public Health and Aging trainee. My dissertation focused on associations between high temperatures and hospital admissions and mortality among the elderly as well as sociodemographic and land cover characteristics that modify these associations. In my postdoctoral fellowships, I studied how social and environmental characteristics influence vulnerability to heat-related health effects, using data from longitudinal studies of cardiovascular health in seven U.S. cities as well as state and national records of severe health events.
As an environmental epidemiologist and with funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and Detroit community input, I study how social, economic, health, and built environment characteristics and/or air quality affect vulnerability to extreme heat and extreme precipitation. This research will help cities understand how to adapt to heat, heat waves and heavy rainfall in a changing climate.
Gronlund CJ, Sullivan K. Kefelgn Y, Cameron L, O’Neill MS. Climate change and temperature extremes: a review of heat- and cold-related morbidity and mortality concerns of municipalities. Maturitas, 2018, 114:54-59.
Gronlund CJ, Sheppard L, O’Neill MS, Adar S, Auchincloss A, Kaufman J, Lima JA, Madrigano J, Diez Roux AV. Vulnerability to the cardiovascular effects of summer heat in six U.S. cities: Results from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Epidemiology, 2018. Accepted.
- Ogbomo A, Gronlund CJ, O’Neill MS, Konen T, Cameron L, Wahl R. Vulnerability to extreme-heat-associated hospitalization in three counties in Michigan, USA, 2000-2009. Int J Biometeor, 2017, 1-11. 10.1007/s00484-016-1261-5
- Gronlund CJ, Zanobetti A, Wellenius GA, Schwartz JD, O’Neill MS. Vulnerability to renal, heat and respiratory hospitalizations during extreme heat among U.S. elderly. Climatic Change, 2016, 136(3):631-645. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1638-9.
- Guentchev G, Rood RB, Ammann CM, Barsugli JJ, Berrocal V, O’Neill MS, Gronlund CJ, Ebi K, Vigh J, Koziol B, Cinquini L. Evaluating the appropriateness of downscaled climate information for projecting risks of Salmonella. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 2016, 13(3): 267. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13030267.
- Gronlund CJ, Berrocal VJ, White-Newsome JL, Conlon KC, O’Neill MS. Vulnerability to extreme heat by individual characteristics and area green space and socio-demographic characteristics among the elderly in Michigan, 1990-2007. Environ Res, 2014, 136:449-461. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.08.042.
- Gronlund CJ, Humbert S, Shaked S, O’Neill MS, Jolliet O. Characterizing the burden of disease of particulate matter for life cycle impact assessment. Air Qual Atmos Health, 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s11869-014-0283-6.