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Mira Grice Sheff, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Tel: (718) 270-1790 • Fax: (718) 221-5154

e-mail: Mira.GriceSheff@downstate.edu

  • About
  • Publications
Academic Qualifications:
  • PhD: University of Minnesota
  • MS: University of Minnesota
Background and Expertise:

Dr. Grice Sheff received both her MS and PhD from the University of Minnesota in Environmental Health Sciences with the doctorate specializing in Occupational Health Services Research and Policy--unique training which combines methodology from both health services research and occupational epidemiology.

Dr. Grice Sheff has worked on a wide range of environmental and occupational health projects. She worked for two years at the Minnesota Department of Health in the Foodborne, Vectorborne and Zoonotic Disease Unit and also conducted research in an industrial hygiene laboratory investigating metalworking fluid mist sampling. Past injury research includes investigation of the risk factors associated with physical and nonphysical violence against nurses in the workplace, with a specific focus on how past violence influences the current risk of work-related physical assault.

Recently she was part of a research team that examined multiple health outcomes, including colon cancer, melanoma, liver disease and pregnancy outcomes, and their association with occupational exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Her most recent work involves examining how work/family conflict impacts the mental and physical health of women following childbirth and how the experience of domestic violence can influence workforce participation.

Area of Study:

Occupational Health Services Research and Policy and Injury/Violence Prevention

Research Interests / Courses

Her interests encompass occupational health, women's health, and injury and violence prevention. She was the recipient of a four-year traineeship award from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and was awarded the Richard G. Bond Memorial Scholarship and the Harold R. Shipman Award for excellence in environmental health by the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She is also a member of Delta Omega (public health honorary society) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Grice is Course Director for Women's Health Policy: Epidemiology and the Environment, and Injury and Violence Prevention.

Recent Publications

  • Grice, M.M., McGovern, P., Alexander, B.H. Flexible Work Arrangements and Work-Family Conflict After Childbirth. Occupational Medicine. 2008 58(7):468-474. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqn090.
  • Grice, M.M., Feda, D., McGovern, P., Alexander, B.H., McCaffrey, D., and Ukestad, L. Giving Birth and Returning to Work: The Impact of Work-Family Conflict on Women's Health After Childbirth. Annals of Epidemiology; 2007 17(10):791-798.
  • Grice, M.M., Alexander, B.H., and Hoffbeck, R., Kampa, D.M. Self-Reported Medical Conditions in Perfluorooctanesulfonyl Fluoride Manufacturing Workers. JOEM 2007; 49: 722-729.