Full Time Faculty
Laura A. Geer, PhD, MHS
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
School of Public Health
Tel: (718) 221-5267 • Fax: (718) 221-5154
- PhD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- MHS: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Background and Expertise:
Dr. Geer's research focuses on the use of exposure assessment methods to explore research questions ranging from maternal exposures and infant health outcomes to worker dermal exposure and underlying psychosocial determinants. With graduate training in environmental health engineering and risk assessment, Dr. Geer has been responsible for the design, conduct, and management of studies concerning occupational and environmental exposure to chemicals. Her work complements the current line of research in the consideration of behavioral influences on exposure.
Dr. Geer received her master's and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the division of Environmental Health Engineering. During her master's program, she participated in community air pollution exposure study, and designed a risk communication strategy to share study results with the community. Her doctoral work involved the assessment of worker dermal exposure and underlying psychosocial factors. She also completed a certificate program in Risk Assessment and Communication through The Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins. After completing a post-doctoral position with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) measuring worker dermal exposure through the use of biological monitoring and environmental sampling, she provided consultation for the US Environmental Protection Agency Exposure Measurements and Analysis Branch (EMAB) at the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) where she examined the ethical issues associated with child participation in human exposure studies.
Dr. Geer's current research interests include the assessment of maternal and perinatal exposure to environmental chemicals, and infant morbidity and mortality outcomes. In her current research, she is assessing mercury levels in the urine and cord blood of mother/neonate pairs in Brooklyn in association with behavioral risk factors such as fish ingestion and cultural practices.
- The use of biological markers of exposure and effect to study maternal and perinatal exposures to chemicals. Epidemiologic study of the association between maternal environmental and occupational exposures and infant health outcomes.
- Other research interests include dermal exposure assessment in occupational and environmental settings, psychosocial risk factors of exposure, and risk assessment and communication.
- Geer LA, Pycke BFG, Abulafia O, Sherer DM, Halden RU. Use of Amniotic Fluid for Determining Pregnancies at Risk of Preterm Birth and for Studying Diseases of Potential Environmental Etiology. Environmental Research. 2015 136:470-481.
- Geer LA. Identifying Exposure Disparities in Air Pollution Epidemiology Specific to Adverse Birth Outcomes. Environ. Res. Lett. 2014 9:101001.
- Bashore CJ, Geer LA, He X, Puett R, Parsons PJ, Palmer CD, Steuerwald AJ, Abulafia O, Dalloul M, Sapkota A. Maternal mercury exposure, season of conception and adverse birth outcomes in an urban immigrant community in Brooklyn, New York. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2014 11:8414-8442.
- Pycke BFG, Geer LA, Mudar Dalloul, Abulafia O, Jenck A, Halden RU. Human Fetal Exposure to Triclosan and Triclocarban in an Urban Population from Brooklyn, New York. Environmental Science and Technology. 2014 48(15):8831-8. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/es501100w.
- Stefaniak AB, Mathew G, Duling MG, Geer LA, Virji MA. Dissolution of the Metal Sensitizers Ni, Be, Cr in Artificial Sweat to Improve Estimates of Dermal Bioaccessibility. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts 2014 16:341-351.
- Geer LA, Weedon J, Bell ML. Ambient Air Pollution and Term Birth Weight in Texas from 1998-2004. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. 2012 62(11):1285-1295.
- Callejo FP, Geer LA. A community-based approach to disseminate health information on the hazards of prenatal mercury exposure in Brooklyn, NY. J Community Health. 2012 37(4):745-53.
- Geer LA, Persad MD, Palmer CD, Steuerwald AJ, Dalloul M, Abulafia O, Parsons PJ. Assessment of prenatal mercury exposure in a predominately Caribbean immigrant community in Brooklyn, NY. J Environ Monit. 2012 14(3):1035-43.
Recent Presentations / Posters
- Pycke, BFG, LA Geer, A Jenck, M Dalloul, O Abulafia, and RU Halden. Human biomonitoring of prenatal exposure to triclosan and triclocarban in a multiethnic urban population from Brooklyn, New York. To be presented in an oral presentation at the 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting. San Francisco, CA, August 11, 2014.
- Thomas J (MPH Candidate), BFG Pycke, RU Halden, , M Dalloul, O Abulafia, and LA Geer. Maternal Exposure to EDCs from Consumer Products: Comparison of Levels in a Caribbean Immigrant Population in the U.S. to National and Global Levels.
- Poster at SUNY Annual Research Day, April 2, 2014.
- Poster at Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference, Washington, D.C. May 11, 2014.
- Pycke BFG, LA Geer, A Jenck, M Dalloul, O Abulafia, and RU Halden. Prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds in a predominantly Caribbean immigrant community. 15th International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health. Honolulu, Hawaii. September 24-27, 2013.
- Pycke BFG, LA Geer, M Dalloul, O Abulafia, and RU Halden. Analysis of Maternal Urine and Cord Blood to Explore Fetal Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs). 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, November 23, 2013. Nashville, TN.
- Geer LA, BFG Pycke, A Jenck, M Dalloul, O Abulafia, and RU Halden.Prenatal exposure to emerging contaminants. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES). Seattle, WA. October 2012.
- Geer LA, BFG Pycke, M Dalloul, O Abulafia, and RU Halden. Maternal Exposure to Environmental Aromatic Compounds from Consumer Products. Poster presentation at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Superfund Basic Research Program. Raleigh, NC. October 21-24, 2012.
- Common antibacterials may affect unborn babies. CBS News. Posted August 11, 2014. Link ».
- Antibacterial Soap. CBC Radio, Canada. Series of Interviews: Ottawa, Cape Breton, Sudbury, Moncton, Corner Brook, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Whitehorse. August 11, 2014. Web links pending.
- Germ-killing chemicals common in pregnant women, newborns. Posted August 10, 2014. Link ».
- Can your toothpaste give you cancer? Posted August 13, 2014. Link ».