Kristina Zierold, PhD

Associate Professor
kzierold@uab.edu
Office: 
Ryals 524C
Biography: 

Dr. Zierold is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She received a BS in Chemical Engineering (1994) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Chemical Engineering (1996) from Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Zierold earned her PhD in Public Health (specializing in Environmental/Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology) form the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. After finishing her PhD, Dr. Zierold was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2001-2003). The EIS is an elite team of doctoral level scientists who work on the frontlines of public health. Applying epidemiological and public health methods, EIS officers investigate disease outbreaks, clusters, occupational and environmental hazards, and respond to natural disasters, emergencies, and public health problems throughout the world. It is a two-year program. (Stationed: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Mentor: Henry A. Anderson, MD)

Dr. Zierold’s research involves applying environmental and occupational health and epidemiology methods and concepts to community-based problems. She has worked with many diverse populations in community, clinical, and industrial settings. Dr. Zierold’s education and training included quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as exposure assessment and industrial hygiene techniques; therefore her research utilizes mixed-methods designs when applicable.  Her specific interests include: children's environmental health, workplace safety and health in children and adolescents, adverse outcomes from heavy metals exposure and particulate exposure, environmental and social justice issues, air pollution modeling, and community-based research.  Dr. Zierold’s research has been funded by NIEHS, NIOSH, and foundations.

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