B.A. English, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1990
M.S. Health Education/Promotion, University of Texas Medical Branch, 1995
Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of Texas Medical Branch, 1999
Sharon (Petronella) Croisant, MS, PhD, is an Associate Professor on the faculty of the School of Medicine’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. She is the lead instructor for the Foundations of Public Health Environmental Health component, which is an interactive course within the MPH program that examines factors in the environment that contribute to disease risk within the larger context of public health. Her doctorate is in epidemiology and master’s in health promotion and education. She also currently directs the UTMB Center in Environmental Toxicology’s Community-based Research Facility as well as its Community Outreach and Engagement Core. She is a Center investigator within the Institute for Translational Sciences, which houses the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, for which 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, and is currently the co-PI of a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate the long-term health effects of consumption of Gulf seafood potentially contaminated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She has collaborated on 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. An active member of the UTMB faculty, she is the past chair of the institutional Faculty Senate and was recently selected to serve on a national Scientific Advisory Panel for the Environmental Protection Agency.