Youssef Oulhote

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Youssef Oulhote
Assistant Professor
433 Arnold House


State Engineer, National Agronomic and Veterinary Institute, Rabat, Morocco; MSc, AgroParisTech, Paris, France; PhD, French National School of Public Health, Rennes, France

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Endocrine disruptors, Environmental epidemiology, child development, metals, neuro-epidemiology

Research Description: 

Dr. Oulhote received his Engineering degree from the National Institute of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences in Morocco, a Master’s degree in Risk assessment from the AgroParisTech Engineering School in Paris, and a PhD from the French National School of Public Health. He worked as a research associate within the Environmental and Occupational Medicine & Epidemiology program at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health where he investigated health effects of chemicals. As an epidemiologist, Dr. Oulhote’s research focuses on the health effects of early life exposures to metals (e.g. mercury, lead, and manganese) and endocrine disruptors (e.g. PBDEs, PFAS, and phthalates), with an emphasis on children’s cognitive and behavioral functions. Dr. Oulhote also investigates the application of machine learning techniques within a causal inference framework. Finally, Dr. Oulhote’s research explores the interplay of environmental, nutritional and social factors, and how these exposures interact to impact population health.

Key Publications: 

Oulhote Y, Tremblay É, Arbuckle TE, Fraser WD, Lemelin JP, Séguin JR, Ouellet E, Forget-Dubois N, Ayotte P, Boivin M, Dionne G, Lanphear BP, Muckle G. Prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers and predisposition to frustration at 7 months: Results from the MIREC study. Environ Int. 2018 Jun 22;119:79-88. 

Cedeño Laurent JG, Williams A, Oulhote Y, Zanobetti A, Allen JG, Spengler JD. Reduced cognitive function during a heat wave among residents of non-air-conditioned buildings: An observational study of young adults in the summer of 2016. PLoS Med. 2018 Jul 10;15(7):e1002605. 

Oulhote Y, Debes F, Vestergaard S, Weihe P, Grandjean P. Aerobic Fitness and Neurocognitive Function Scores in Young Faroese Adults and Potential Modification by Prenatal Methylmercury Exposure. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Apr;125(4):677-683.

Oulhote Y, Debes F, Vestergaard S, Weihe P, Grandjean P. Behavioral difficulties in 7-year old children in relation to developmental exposure to perfluorinated alkyl substances. Environ Int. 2016 Dec;97:237-245.

Oulhote Y, Mergler D, Barbeau B, Bellinger DC, Bouffard T, Brodeur MÈ, Saint-Amour D, Legrand M, Sauvé S, Bouchard MF. Neurobehavioral function in school-age children exposed to manganese in drinking water. Environ Health Perspect. 2014 Dec;122(12):1343-50.