Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Assessing environmental health effects of toxicants upon human health and quality of life
Sharon A. Croisant (formerly Petronella), MS, PhD, is currently an Associate Professor on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Medicine's Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. A doctorally prepared epidemiologist with a master's degree in health promotion and education, she directs the UTMB Center in Environmental Toxicology's Community-based Research Facility as well as its Community Outreach and Engagement Core. She is also a Center investigator within the Institute for Translational Sciences, which houses the University's Clinical and Translational Science Award, where she serves as co-director of the Community Engagement and Research Key Resource. A major focus of her career has been translational or integrative research, i.e., building interfaces between and among environmental and clinical research, education, and community health. She has considerable expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research, including its applications in Environmental Justice communities. She served as a co-investigator in an NIEHS-funded Environmental Justice grant, "Project COAL" (Communities Organized against Asthma and Lead), and is currently funded by the EPA to carry out community outreach in Port Arthur, TX, one of ten nationwide EJ Showcase Communities. She has participated in multiple projects designed to elucidate the causes and mechanisms of asthma exacerbations related to air pollution and has established long-standing, ongoing collaborative relationships with community stakeholders with a vested interest in using these research findings to direct community-based intervention and outreach activities. She has extensive experience in working with diverse committees at local, state, and national levels, to include membership on the National CTSA Key Function Committee and service on numerous study sections for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Center for Research Resources. Until 2009, she served as president of the Asthma Coalition of Texas and as a board member since its inception in 2001. She has worked closely with state policy makers to inform evidence-based environmental and public health legislation.