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Laura A. Geer, PhD, MHS

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

School of Public Health

Tel: (718) 221-5267 • Fax: (718) 221-5154

e-mail: Laura.Geer@downstate.edu

  • About
  • Publications
Academic Qualifications:
  • 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.

Research Interests
  • 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.
Selected Publications
  • 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. 24 Jul 2012. [Epub ahead of print].
  • 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 Aug;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 Mar;14(3):1035-43.
  • Cockerham-Colas LA, Geer LA, Benker K, Joseph M. Examining Knowledge and Attitudes of Health Professionals Towards Extended Breastfeeding Through an Educational Display. Breastfeed Med. 2012 Jun;7:143-50.
  • Buckley TJ, Geer LA, Connor TH, Robertson S, Sammons D, Smith J, Snawder J, Boeniger MA. Pilot study of workplace dermal exposures to cypermethrin at a chemical manufacturing plant. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2011 Oct;8(10):600-8.
Recent Presentations / Posters
  • Ambient Air Pollution and Term Birth Weight in Texas: 1998-2004, Oral presentation at the Annual Conference of the International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES). Baltimore, Maryland, October 2011.
  • Assessment of Mercury Levels in Mother/Neonate Pairs in Brooklyn, Poster presentation at the Joint Conference of the International Society of Exposure Sciences and the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. Seoul, Korea. Aug/Sept, 2010.