Research Interests of Environmental & Occupational Health Faculty

fogelbergSPHKatherine Fogelberg, DVM
Assistant Professor
Dept: Environmental & Occup Hlth
Address: EAD 601J
Phone: 817-735-7636
Email: Katherine.Fogelberg@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest :-Verbal and non-verbal communication is the basis of human interaction, and as a topic this subject may be viewed as Discourse. I am interested in Discourse Analysis, a theory and method of research that allows me to interpretand understand information being delivered between and among people. In particular, I am interested in figuring out ways to educate scientists about effective communication across professions, or Interprofessional education (IPE), and how to improve faculty professional development in teaching. I am also fascinated by zoonotic diseases – their emergence, transmission, and relationships to the environment, as well as what it is about some diseases that makes them able to incite great fear (Ebola) while others are simply accepted as part of life, in spite of their potential to kill in large numbers (flu).

Joon Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor – SPH Environmental & Occup Hlth
Dept: Environmental & Occup Hlth
Address: EAD 601D
Phone: 817-735-5445
Email: Joon.Lee@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My area of expertise is risk assessment and control of infectious diseases that can be acquired from an environmental exposure, particularly from the contact to insect and other arthropod vectors. Over the years I have been working on research related to developing an improved method for the risk assessment and control of the diseases of interest. These works have been published in Journal of American Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Emerging Infectious Disease, Journal of Environmental Health, Journal of Medical Entomology, Journal of American Mosquito Control Association, and Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, among others.

Youcheng Liu, ScD, MD, MPH, MS
Associate Professor – SPH Environmental & Occup Hlth
Dept: Environmental & Occup Hlth
Address: EAD 601F
Phone: 817-735-2756
Email:Youcheng.Liu@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:- My area of expertise is occupational and environmental exposures to chemicals and cardiopulmonary health. Since 1997, I have been investigating workplace exposures to isocyanates and the risk of occupational asthma and searching for effective methods and strategies to reduce isocyanate exposures. We are currently investigating environmental exposures to isocyanates from medical devices and consumer products and the risk of childhood asthma. My work has been funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. This work has resulted in articles published in the Environmental Health Perspectives, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Annals of Occupational Hygiene, among others.

Alisa Rich, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor – SPH Environmental & Occup Hlth
Dept: Environmental & Occup Hlth
Address: EAD 601G
Phone: 817-735-2175
Email:Alisa.Rich@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:- Examining how exposure to chemicals in our environmental affects onset of disease is the mission of our work. Chemicals in our air, water and even food may affect our physical and mental health. Ongoing research in this area includes exposure to benzene compounds and pediatric cancers, the effects of pollution on onset of aging and Alzheimers’ disease (AD), and heavy metal and radiation in drinking water associated with kidney disease. Our recent research in health effects related to air emissions from natural gas extraction and processing has resulted in numerous published articles. Fostering collaborative research opportunities with physicians and researchers across disciplines to better identify chemical hazards and how environmental factors affect disease is our focus. Protection of children and their health is our priority.

David Sterling, PhD, CIH, ROH
Chairman And Professor – SPH Environmental & Occup Hlth
Dept: Environmental & Occup Hlth
Address: EAD 601A
Phone: 817-735-5098
Email: David.Sterling@unthsc.edu
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Research Interest:-My area of expertise is methodologies for exposure and risk assessment of populations to environmental hazards. My most recent research has been focused on children’s health related to asthma in school age children and exposure to environmental lead, and assessment of population health risks associated with gas drilling and hydraulic fracking. Past research has included assessing exposures and risks associated with work exposure to asbestos, parkinsonism and welders, and exposures to mining activities in a developing country. Funding sources have included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the National Institute of Health, Michael J. Fox Foundation, and USAID. This work has been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals including: Journal of School Health, Journal of Asthma, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, Journal of Urban health, and others.