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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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Post-doctoral Training- Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - 2001-2003

PhD - Epidemiology and Environmental/Occupational Health - University of Illinois School of Public Health - 2001

MS - Chemical Engineering - Vanderbilt University - 1996

BS - Chemical Engineering - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - 1994



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.




Zierold KM, Sears CG*, Brock GN. Exposure reducing behaviors among residents living near a coal ash storage site. Health Education and Behavior, 2015 (in press)

Zierold KM. Safety training for working youth: Methods used versus methods wanted.  Work, 2015 (in press)

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, 2015.  doi:10.1155/2015/189526.

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, McGeeney TJ*. Communication breakdown: How working teen's perceptions of their supervisors impact safety and injury. Work 2015 (in press)

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. Working for mom and dad: Are teens more likely to get injured working in family-owned businesses? Journal of Community Health 2012; 37(1):186-94.

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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