Mariana Arcaya is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Health at MIT. Professor Arcaya’s work, at the intersection and public health and urban planning, explores dynamic relationships between place and health. Arcaya’s scholarly research investigates how the environment—including built, social, and economic conditions—affects health. Reciprocally, she also explores how health shapes socioeconomic outcomes for individuals and communities. Her applied and translational research on the social determinants of health tackles the ways in which urban policy and planning decisions shape health risk factors. In both her scholarly and applied work, Arcaya maintains a focus on health disparities, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Methodologically, she uses quantitative approaches, including multilevel modeling, spatial statistics, and latent variable modeling, to better understand place and its effect on health.