Burton H. Singer has affiliated faculty appointments in the Programs in Applied & Computational Mathematics, Environmental Studies, African Studies and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He was formerly chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and professor of economics and statistics at Yale University. He has served as chair of the National Research Council Committee on National Statistics and as chair of the Steering Committee for Social and Economic Research in the World Health Organization Tropical Disease Research (TDR) program. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1994) and was a Guggenheim fellow in 1981-1982. In 2005 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Singer has centered his research in three principal areas: identification of social, biological, and environmental risks associated with vector-borne diseases in the tropics; integration of psychosocial and biological evidence to characterize pathways to alternative states of health; and health impact assessments associated with economic development projects. His research program has included studies of: the impact of migration and urbanization on malaria transmission in the western Amazon region of Brazil and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the biological correlates of well-being and health consequences of gene-environment interactions focused on the social environment; and potential health impacts of the Chad-Cameroon petroleum development and pipeline project and the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric project in Laos. During the next few years there will be in-depth investigations of the biology of well-being, primarily based on accumulating data in the Mid-life in the United States (MIDUS) national survey and several community-based studies. Ph.D. Stanford University.