|2020 - Present||Associate Professor, Boise State University ‐ School of Public and Population Health|
|January 2015 - July 2020||Assistant Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Community and Environmental Health|
|December 2006 - December 2014||Program Manager, University of Washington - Seattle Campus ‐ MESA Air Study|
|August 2010 - August 2013||EPA STAR Fellow, University of Washington - Seattle Campus|
|July 2004 - November 2006||Senior Scientist, Integral Consulting|
|2020 - Present||Investigating the relationship between pesticide exposure and markers of kidney dysfunction|
|Idaho Network for Biomedical Research Excellence|
|2018 - Present||To measure herbicide levels in pregnant women - specifically glyphosate|
|National Institutes of Health (NIH)|
|2022 - 2022||Pilot study comparing pesticide levels in male and female Latinx farmworkers. The team hopes to then deduce why differences in pesticide exposure may exist.|
|University of Washington - Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center|
|Colleague(s): Carly Hyland, Rebecca Som Castellano, and Lisa Meierotto|
|2019 - 2019||Assessment of Risk Factors for Health Disparities Among Latina Farm Workers|
|Mountain West IDeA Clinical and Translational Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN)|
|Colleague(s): Rebecca Som Castellano, Lisa Meierotto and Jennifer Schneider|
Honors and Awards
- 2010-2013 - EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship
- 2013-2014 - Maagnuson Scholarship, University of Washington
- 2015-2017 - Rising Stars Career Development Program Award, NIH's Institute for Translational Health Sciences
- 2017 - Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Published in 2016, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
- 2017 - Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper of 2017, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
- 2017 - 20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health, Collaborative on Health & Enviornment
- 2019 - Rising Star Award, 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors
|June 2014||Ph.D. - Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (Major Fields: Agricultural Pesticides; Environmental Epidemiology), University of Washington - Seattle Campus|
|August 2000||M.S. - Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (Major Fields: Agricultural Health and Safety; Biological and Environmental Monitoring), University of Washington - Seattle Campus|
|June 1998||B.A. - Chemistry, Swarthmore College|
Perspective: Organic Food Consumption During Pregnancy and the Potential Effects on Maternal and Offspring Health Advances in Nutrition (2023)
Pregnancy represents a critical window for both maternal and child health. Previous studies have shown that the consumption of an organic diet during pregnancy can reduce pesticide exposure compared with the consumption of a conventional ...
Measurement of Urinary Pesticide Biomarkers Among Latina Farmworkers in Southwestern Idaho Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology (2021)
Background Women who work in agriculture may have greater risk of pesticide exposure than men who share this occupation. Despite an increase in the fraction of the agricultural workforce comprised by women, few studies have ...
Grower Perceptions of Safety Hazards and Associated Injuries Among Farmworkers Involved in Northwest Potato Production Journal of Agromedicine (2021)
Background: Potatoes are a vital part of the Pacific Northwest’s agricultural economy. As in many agricultural industries, workers involved in potato production may be at risk for illness and injuries. Methods: A Hazard Perception Survey ...
Organophosphate Pesticide Dose Estimation from Spot and 24-Hr Urine Samples Collected from Children in an Agricultural Community Environmental International (2021)
Background: Spot urine samples are often used to assess exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides in place of “gold standard” 24-hr samples, which are cumbersome to collect. Assessment of non-persistent chemicals using spot urine samples may ...
Understanding Challenges to Well-Being Among Latina FarmWorkers in Rural Idaho Using in an Interdisciplinary, Mixed-Methods Approach International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2021)
The aim of this study was to identify social, cultural and workplace-related risk factors affecting well-being among Latina farmworkers in rural Idaho. We recruited 70 Latina farmworkers from southwestern Idaho in 2019. We employed an ...
Synthetic Pesticides and Health in Vulnerable Populations: Agricultural Workers Synthetic Chemicals and Health (2020)
Purpose of Review: This review aims to summarize epidemiological literature published between May 15, 2018 and May 14, 2019 that examines the relationship between exposure to synthetic pesticides and health of agricultural workers. Recent Findings: ...
Effect of a 24-Week Randomized Trial of an Organic Produce Intervention on Pyrethroid and Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure Among Pregnant Women Environmental International (2019)
Background: Introduction of an organic diet can significantly reduce exposure to some classes of pesticides in children and adults, but no long-term trials have been conducted. Objectives: To assess the effect of a long-term (24-week) ...
Organic Food Health Benefits Have Been Hard to Assess, but That Could Change The Conversation (2019)
“Organic” is more than just a passing fad. Organic food sales totaled a record US$45.2 billion in 2017, making it one of the fastest-growing segments of American agriculture. While a small number of studies have ...
Environmental Health Sciences in a Translational Research Framework: More Than Benches and Bedsides Environmental Health Perspectives (2019)
Background: Environmental health scientists may find it challenging to fit the structure of the questions addressed in their discipline into the prevailing paradigm for translational research. Objective: We aim to frame the translational science paradigm ...
Advances in Understanding Air Pollution and CVD Global Heart (2016)
The MESA Air (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution) leveraged the platform of the MESA cohort into a prospective longitudinal study of relationships between air pollution and cardiovascular health. MESA Air researchers developed fine-scale, ...
Association Between Air Pollution and Coronary Artery Calcification Within Six Metropolitan Areas in the Usa (the Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution): A Longitudinal Cohort Study The Lancet (2016)
Background Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter less than 2·5 μm in diameter (PM2·5) and traffic-related air pollutant concentrations are associated with cardiovascular risk. The disease process underlying these associations remains uncertain. We aim to ...
Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Relation to Progression in Physical Disability Among Older Adults Environmental Health Perspectives (2016)
BACKGROUND: Physical disability is common though not inevitable in older age and has direct bearing on a person’s ability to perform activities essential for self-care and independent living. Air pollution appears to increase the risk ...
Traffic-Related Air Pollution and the Right Ventricle: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (2014)
Rationale: Right heart failure is a cause of morbidity and mortality in common and rare heart and lung diseases. Exposure to traffic-related air pollution is linked to left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and death. Relationships ...
Associations of Organic Produce Consumption with Socioeconomic Status and the Local Food Environment: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) PLoS ONE (2013)
Neighborhood characteristics, such as healthy food availability, have been associated with consumption of healthy food. Little is known about the influence of the local food environment on other dietary choices, such as the decision to ...
Research Report 2020: Assessment of Risk Factors for Health Disparities Among Latina Farm Workers (2020)
This report presents findings from research conducted on well-being among Latina farmworkers in Southwestern Idaho. The objectives of this research were to: (1) identify health related challenges and concerns among Latina farmworkers in Idaho; and ...
Popular Press (1)
Selected Conference & Meeting Presentations (7)
Effect of a Randomized, Blinded Organic Diet Intervention on Pesticide Exposure Among Pregnant Women ISES 2016: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Health and the Environment (2016)
Background: Food is certified “organic” when grown according to specific requirements, including the absence of most synthetic pesticides. The organic food market is among the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural industry, primarily due to ...
Association Between Long-Term Dietary Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and Neurocognition: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) 26th Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (2014)
Background: Organophosphate pesticides (OPs) are the primary form of insect control in American agriculture. For non-occupationally exposed individuals, the primary source of OP exposure is thought to be through diet, via ingestion of foods to ...
Integrating Data from Multiple Time-Location Measurement Methods for Use in Exposure Assessment: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air) 26th Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (2014)
Background: Environmental epidemiologic studies have often used time-location diaries (TLDs) and questionnaires to measure time spent in various microenvironments, but recently more studies have utilized GPS tracking. Methods: Three tools for time-location monitoring were used ...