Kristina Zierold, PhD, MS


Epidemiology and Population Health

Associate Professor
Room 229, 485 East Gray Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-852-0251
Fax: 502-852-3291
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2001-2003   Post-doctoral Training- Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2001   PhD - Epidemiology and Environmental/Occupational Health - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

1996   MS - Chemical Engineering  (Environmental focus) - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1994   BS  - Chemical Engineering (Environmental focus) - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA



My research involves applying epidemiology and environmental and occupational health methods and concepts to community-based problems. I have worked with many diverse populations in community, clinical, and industrial settings. My education and training included quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as exposure assessment techniques; therefore my research utilizes mixed-methods designs when applicable.

My specific interests include: children's environmental health, safety and health issues in working children and adolescents, adverse outcomes from heavy metals exposure and particulate exposure, environmental and social justice issues, air pollution modeling, and community-based research.


2015-2020 (R01 ES24757) -- Principal Investigator, 50% effort.Coal Ash and Neurobehavioral Symptoms in Children Aged 6-14 Years Old . Funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.



 Zierold KM, Sears CG*, Brock GN. Exposure reducing behaviors among residents living near a coal ash storage site. Health Education and Behavior, 2016; 43;559-567.

Zierold KM. Safety training for working youth: Methods used versus methods wanted.  Work, 2016; 54(1):149-157.

Zierold KM. Perceptions of Supervision Among Injured and Non-Injured Teens Working in the Retail or Service Industry. Workplace Health and Safety 2016; 64(4): 152-162.

Zierold KM, Sears CG*. Community views about the health and exposure of children living near a coal ash storage site. Journal of Community Health 2015; 40(2):357-63.

Zierold KM, Sears CG.*  Are healthcare providers asking about environmental exposures?: A community-based mixed methods study.  Journal of Environmental and Public Health, vol. 2015 Article ID 189526, 7 pages.

Zierold KM. Safety training among working teens: Training methods used, lessons taught, and time spent. New Solutions 2015; 25(1):25-41.

Welsh EC*, Appana S, Anderson HA, Zierold KM. The association between school-to-work programs and school performance. Journal of Adolescent Health 2014; 54(2):221-7.

Zierold KM, Welsh EC*, McGeeney TJ*. Attitudes of teenagers towards workplace safety training. Journal of Community Health 2012; 37(6):1289-95.

Zierold KM, Appana S, Anderson HA. School-sponsored work programs: A first look at differences in work and injury outcomes of teens enrolled in school to work programs compared to other working teens. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011; 68(11):818-25.

Zierold KM, Havlena J, Anderson HA. Lead exposure and length of time needed to make homes lead-safe for young children. American Journal of Public Health 2007; 97(2):267-70.

Zierold KM, Anderson HA. The relationship between work permits, injury, and safety training among working teenagers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2006; 49(5):360-6.

Knobeloch L, Zierold KM, Anderson HA. The association of arsenic-contaminated drinking water with skin cancer prevalence in Wisconsin's Fox River Valley. Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition 2006; 24(2):206-13.

Zierold KM, Anderson HA. Severe injury and the need for improved safety training among working students. American Journal of Health Behavior 2006; 30(5):525-32.

Zierold KM, Garman S, Anderson H. Summer work and injury among middle school students, aged 10-14 years old. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2004; 61(6):518-22.

Zierold KM, Knobeloch L, Anderson H. Prevalence of chronic diseases in adults exposed to arsenic contaminated drinking water. American Journal of Public Health 2004; 94(11):1936-37.

Zierold KM, Anderson H. Trends in blood lead levels among children enrolled in special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children from 1996-2000. American Journal of Public Health 2004; 94(9):1513-15.

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