Environmental Health Disparities & Resilience

The Environmental Health Disparities & Resilience (RESILIENCE) Research Interest Group focuses on how environmental health disparities can impact health outcomes throughout the lifespan as well as the role of resilience in achieving environmental health equity. The RESILIENCE membership spans a broad range of disciplines that cover both basic and applied sciences across the lifespan. RESILIENCE develops cross-disciplinary collaborations focused on understanding risk factors and identifying protective factors that can promote resilience, especially among urban African-American populations who face significant environmental health disparities.


Name Research Interests
Christopher Trentacosta, Ph.D., Leader Child Development, resilience in families
Alana Conti, Ph.D. Traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury
Samson Jamesdaniel, Ph.D. Chemical and non-chemical environmental stressors and hearing loss
Christine Cole Johnson, Ph.D. Environmental epidemiology, etiology and primary prevention of allergic disorders
Carrie Leach, Ph.D. Community-engaged research, health communication
Hilary Marusak, Ph.D. Developmental neuroscience, mental health
Allen Rosenspire, Ph.D. Immunotoxicity of mercury
Paul Stemmer, Ph.D. Proteomic approaches to understand effects of environmental exposures
Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. Racial and ethnic disparities in cancer care and outcomes
Lyke Thompson, Ph.D. Policy analysis, lead poisoning
Ganesa Wegienka Women's Health, birth cohort studies
Samuele Zilioli Psychological stress, socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health disparities

Research highlights

Leach, C., Schroeck, N., Blessman, J., Rorai, V., Cooper-Sargent, M., Lichtenberg, P.A., & Trentacosta, C.J. (2022). Engaged communication of environmental health science: Processes and outcomes of urban academic-community partnerships. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 21, 7-22.

Marusak, H.A. (2022). Editorial: Growing up in a high-stigma context: An unseen driver of neurodevelopment, health, and pathology. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 61(6):749-751.

Rosati R, Birbeck JA, Westrick J, & Jamesdaniel S (2022). Lead exposure induces nitrative stress and disrupts ribbon synapses in the cochlea. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, 15:934630.

Zundel, C., Ryan, P., Brokamp, C., Heeter, A., Huang, Y., Strawn, J.R., & Marusak, H.A. (2022). Air pollution, depressive and anxiety disorders, and brain effects: A systematic review. Neurotoxicology, 9(1):665.

Trentacosta, C. J. & Mulligan, D. (2020). New directions in understanding the role of environmental contaminants in child development: Four themes. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2020(172), ­39-51.

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