Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Mohn Research Fellow in Population Child Health



+44 (0)20 7594 3313rachel.smith05




527Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





I am a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where I also completed my PhD.  My PhD focussed on exposure to water disinfection by-products during pregnancy in the Born in Bradford birth cohort.  My academic background covers both biological and social disciplines, with an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences (St John’s College, Oxford) and an MSc in Epidemiology (Imperial College London).

Since completing my PhD I have worked on both the COSMOS and SCAMP cohort studies which are investigating potential effects of exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (from mobile phones and other wireless devices) on adult health and children’s cognition respectively.

I am also working on the Traffic Pollution and Health in London project, examining the relationship between traffic-related noise and air pollution and risk of adverse reproductive outcomes (e.g. low birth weight and pre-term delivery).

 Key research areas:

  • Cohort studies
  • Reproductive health
  • Health & Environment



Thompson R, Smith RB, Bou Karim Y, et al., 2022, Noise pollution and human cognition: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis of recent evidence, Environment International, Vol:158, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:1-27

Smith RB, Beevers SD, Gulliver J, et al., 2020, Impacts of air pollution and noise on risk of preterm birth and stillbirth in London, Environment International, Vol:134, ISSN:0160-4120

Freni Sterrantino A, Afoakwah P, Smith RB, et al., 2019, Birth weight centiles and small for gestational age by sex and ethnicity for England and Wales, Archives of Disease in Childhood, Vol:104, ISSN:1468-2044, Pages:1188-1192

Ghosh RE, Freni-Sterrantino A, Douglas P, et al., 2019, Fetal growth, stillbirth, infant mortality and other birth outcomes near UK municipal waste incinerators; retrospective population based cohort and case-control study, Environment International, Vol:122, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:151-158

Smith RB, Fecht D, Gulliver J, et al., 2017, Impact of London's road traffic air and noise pollution on birth weight: retrospective population based cohort study, Bmj, Vol:359, ISSN:1756-1833

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