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CV / Resume
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I am an Assistant Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. I also hold joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. My initial academic training was in environmental engineering. However, after travels to West Africa where I witnessed clear links between environmental conditions and health, I decided to pursue public health. I earned my Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees in environmental health sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, I served as Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Health with the Baltimore City Health Department then later as the Assistant Center Director for Human Health  with U.S. EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research where I focused on biomonitoring for policy analysis, cumulative risk assessment, health impact assessment, environmental health indicator development, children’s environmental health and environmental health of minority populations.

My research focusses on racial and economic disparities in exposures to environmental contaminants and associated health risks with the aim of improving the science our society uses to make decisions about environmental policies that impact the health of communities and populations, especially vulnerable, low income and minority populations. I have developed frameworks and methods for characterizing social disparities in environmental contaminant exposures, health risks and their determinants; applied models for assessing the cumulative impacts of multiple environmental contaminant exposures; and have contributed to improved policy decision frameworks that address environmental justice concerns and improve protection for vulnerable lifestages. I am currently evaluating the combined effects of social and environmental contaminant exposures on disparities in children’s neurological development and conducting a study on food insecurity as a determinant of poor academic outcomes and exposure to food contaminants among emerging adults.  I am energized by the challenge of cumulative environmental health risks and social disparities in environmental health because these issues are difficult, complicated and sometimes controversial, from both science and policy perspectives. Understanding cumulative effects of multiple risk factors on health is critical for establishing environmental policies that are truly public health protective.


Profile on the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC) website

Education and Training

Dr.P.H., Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public 
Health, Baltimore, Maryland, 2002.
Thesis: “ Personal Exposure Monitoring Meets Risk Assessment: A Comparison of Measured and 
Modeled Exposures and Risks in an Urban Community.”
M.P.H., Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public 
Health, Baltimore, Maryland, 1997.
M.Engr., Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990.
B.S., Civil Engineering , University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1989.



MIEH 300  Introduction to Environmental Health: A Public Health Perspective

Honors and Awards

Johns Hopkins Woodrow Wilson Award for Government Service, 2012.

US EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Level III, 2012 for Advancing health 
risk interpretation of biomonitoring data for evaluation of policy actions to protect children’s 

EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service for Outstanding Performance and Contribution in 
Developing and Finalizing EPA’s Six-Year Review of Existing Drinking Water Standards, EPA, 

Editor’s Choice Award as Environmental Science and Technology’s Best Paper of 2009 2nd 
runner up for science.

US EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Level II, 2007 for advancing the 
interdisciplinary study of racial/ethnic disparities in environmental health and cumulative risk.

EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service for Outstanding Performance and Contribution in 
Developing and Finalizing EPA’s Roadmap for Mercury, EPA, 2007.

QSI Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievements and High Quality Performance, US 
EPA, 2007.

Environmental Justice Award for Science of EJ Working Conference: National Planning 
Committee, 2005.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Public Health Fellow, 1997

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 1997



*=student mentee

Payne-Sturges DC**, Korfmacher KS,  Cory-Slechta DA, Jimenez M,  Symanski E, Carr Shmool JL,  Dotson-Newman O, Clougherty JE, French R, Levy JI, Laumbach R, Rodgers K, Bongiovanni R and Scammell MK. Engaging communities in research on cumulative risk and social stress-environment interactions: Lessons learned from EPA’s STAR Program. Environmental Justice. Dec 2015, 8(6): 203-212

*Yuen T, Park A, Seifer S and Payne-Sturges D (2015). A Systematic Review of Community Engagement in US Environmental Protection Agency’s Extramural Research Solicitations: Implications for Research Funders. Am J Public Health. 2015 Dec;105(12):e44-52.

Harper S, Ruder E, Roman HA, Geggel A, Nweke O, Payne-Sturges D and Levy JI. (2013). Using 
Inequality Measures to Incorporate Environmental Justice into Regulatory Analyses. Int. J. 
Environ. Res. Public Health 2013. 10(9), 4039-4059.

*Yuen T and Payne-Sturges DC (2013). Using Health Impact Assessment to Integrate 
Environmental Justice into Federal Environmental Regulatory Analysis . New Solutions. Vol. 
23(3) 1-28.

Alves S, Tilghman J, Rosenbaum A, Payne-Sturges DC (2012). U.S. EPA Authority to Use 
Cumulative Risk Assessments in Environmental Decision-Making. International Journal of 
Environmental Research and Public Health. 9(6), 1997-2019.

Payne-Sturges D, Turner A, Wignall J, Rosenbaum A, Dederick E, Dantzker H (2012) A Review of 
State-Level Analytical Approaches for Evaluating Disproportionate Environmental Health 
Impacts. Environmental Justice. 5(4): 173 – 187.

Payne-Sturges D (2011) Humanizing Science at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
American Journal of Public Health. 101 Suppl 1:S8-12.

Muennig, P, Song, X, Payne-Sturges, DC, Gee, GC (2011) Blood and urine levels of long half-life 
toxicants by nativity among immigrants to the United States. Science of the Total Environment.

Nweke, O. C., Payne-Sturges D., Garcia, L., Lee, C., Zenick, H., Grevatt, P., Sanders, W., Case, H., 
Dankwa-Mullan, I. (2011). “Symposium on Integrating the Science of Environmental Justice in 
Decision Making at EPA: An Overview.” American Journal of Public Health. 101 Suppl 1:S19-26.

Gordon L, Payne-Sturges D, Gee G (2010). Environmental Health Disparities: Select Case Studies 
Related to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Environmental Justice. 3(1): 21-26.

*Baron S, Sinclair R, Payne-Sturges D, Phelps J, Zenick H, Collman GW, O'Fallon LR (2009). 
Partnerships for environmental and occupational justice: contributions to research, capacity and 
public health. Am J Public Health.99 Suppl 3:S517-25.

Payne-Sturges D, Cohen J, Castorina R, Axelrad DA, Woodruff TJ (2009). Evaluating cumulative 
organophosphorus pesticide body burden of children: a national case study. Environ Sci Technol. 

Payne-Sturges, D and D Kemp (2008). Ten Years of Addressing Children’s Health through Regulatory Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Environ Health Perspect. 116 (12):1720 – 1724.

Payne-Sturges, D.C.  and G. C. Gee (2006). National environmental health measures for minority and low-income populations: tracking social disparities in environmental health. Environ Research. 102(2): 154-71.

Payne-Sturges, D.C., G. C. Gee, et al. (2006). Workshop summary: connecting social and environmental factors to measure and track environmental health disparities. Environ Research. 102(2): 146-53.

Gee, G. C. and D. C. Payne-Sturges (2004). Environmental health disparities: a framework integrating psychosocial and environmental concepts. Environ Health Perspect. 112(17): 1645-53.