Tim Bruckner

Tim Bruckner

Temperature Mismatch

Temperature during pregnancy may predict cold tolerance in adulthood.

Man running in snow wearing shorts next to a person bundled up in warm clothing

Mental Health Workforce Gap

Most Low Income Countries have a Shortage of Mental Health Workers

Mental Health Workforce Gap

How recessions differ from job loss

A community must cope with multiple job- and economic-related events during a recession.

Job loss ecology


Male fetal losses rise immediately after 9/11

Twin towers memorial

Higher Cognition after 9/11

In California, 9/11 resulted in fewer male live births, which may shape cohort health into childhood

Earned Income Tax Credit and Birth Outcomes

We unexpectedly find that, in the short term, adverse pregnancy outcomes increase after the generous tax credit

Stronger pregnancy filter with birth order

Older women of higher parity may have the strictest "filter" against high-risk pregnancies

Earned Income Tax Credit

A welfare-to-work policy for low-income persons

Economic Downturns and Mental Health

Low-income children use more emergency mental health services during economic downturns

Stressful environments and selection

Pregnancies at risk of not surviving to term appear especially vulnerable during population stressors.

Heightened mortality in cold spells

If born during warm time, cold reactivity in adulthood appears elevated

I examine how population health responds to ambient changes in the environment.  A sampling of ambient changes that interest me include economic downturns, extreme cold, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the introduction of a casino, and new mental health policies. I typically focus my inquiries on pregnant women and persons with mental disorder, as these two populations appear sensitive to unexpected changes in the environment. I intend for my work to inform basic science, social determinants of health, and health policy.

Tim Bruckner
Associate Professor of Public Health
University of California, Irvine, 653 E. Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA, 92697-3957
949 824 6434
tim [dot] bruckner [at] uci [dot] edu

Key Research Area

Perinatal Epidemiology, Mental Health, Health Policy, Economic Downturns

Professional Bio

I hold transdisciplinary training in epidemiology, demography, and health policy.


PhD, UC Berkeley

MPH, UC Berkeley

BA, Dartmouth College