Backup of Researchers Part II

Meet Our Team

Here you can learn more about the Center’s members, including their research interests and see their relevant publications.

Nicolas I. Lopez-Galvez, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health

More About Dr. Lopez-Galvez

Dr. Lopez-Galvez is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Health at the School of Public Health. He has over a decade of experience evaluating environmental exposures to carcinogens such as pesticides and tobacco-related pollutants among underserved populations, including low-wage immigrant workers, farm workers, children, and those who live near the U.S.-Mexico border region. He utilizes innovative and non-invasive exposure assessment tools in field studies to monitor carcinogens in occupational and community-based settings to better understand their effects on human health. His experience as first-generation Latino immigrant in the U.S. has influenced his commitment towards addressing environmental justice issues and health disparities in minority populations. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), his Masters in Public Health in Environmental Health and Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies at SDSU. Dr. Lopez-Galvez obtained his PhD from the University of Arizona with a focus in Environmental and Occupational Health.

An up-to-date list of his publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Penelope J.E. Quintana, PhD, MPH

Professor of Environmental Health

More About Dr. Quintana

Dr. Quintana has a research focus on environmental justice in relation to exposures to children and vulnerable populations at the US-Mexico border. She studies children’s exposure to toxicants in house dust and on surfaces, such as residual tobacco toxicants remaining after smoking has taken place, known as thirdhand smoke. She applies emerging technologies to assess environmental health problems, such as silicone wristbands for measuring carcinogen exposures in children from thirdhand smoke, and low-cost air sensors deployed in Tijuana at sensitive receptor sites. She studies air pollution arising from the long northbound wait times and lines of idling vehicles at US-Mexico Ports of Entry, exposing border crossers and surrounding communities to traffic pollutants. She is a Scientific Guidance Panel member for the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program.

An up-to-date list of her publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Rachael R. Record, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication

More About Dr. Record

Dr. Record is an Associate Professor of Communication in the College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts at San Diego State University and a Core Researcher with the Center for Communication, Health, & the Public Good. Dr. Record’s research, typically grounded in behavior change theories, employs mixed methods to examine campaign and intervention strategies to improve tobacco-related health behavior outcomes,

Dr. Record joined the Consortium in Fall 2017. She is a Co-I of the Third Hand Smoke Resource Center, funded through the Tobacco-related Disease Research Program. Her role in the center is to assist with the Center’s online footprint and oversee campaign strategies, including design, implementation, and evaluation.

When Dr. Record is not busy with research and teaching, you can find her with her husband and two dogs exploring San Diego’s communities, beaches, and mountains.

An up-to-date list of her publications can be found on PubMed.

Karilyn E. Sant, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Environmental Health

More About Dr. Sant

Dr. Sant is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health within the San Diego State University School of Public Health. Kari is a toxicologist who specializes in the health consequences resulting from developmental exposures to common water pollutants. Most of her research has examined how exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) affect embryonic and juvenile development. She currently uses the zebrafish model to investigate how emerging surface and drinking water contaminants influence both human and marine reproduction and health throughout the lifespan. Kari currently is working in several projects related to environmental tobacco, assessing the aquatic toxicity of cigarette butt and vaping product wastes in aquatic habitats. Kari received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Michigan. She also received a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Michigan.

An up-to-date list of her publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Ronald J. Shadbegian, PhD

Professor of Economics

More About Dr. Shadbegian

Dr. Shadbegian is an Economics Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU). Previously he was a Senior Research Economist at the U.S. EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE). He also served on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers as Senior Economist for Environment and Energy (2013-2014) and was also an Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University’s Economics Department and McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to NCEE, Dr. Shadbegian earned the rank of Professor in the Economics Department at UMass Dartmouth. Currently his research focuses on the four main areas: 1) estimating the effects of early childhood lead exposure on children’s health, educational, and labor market outcomes; 2) estimating the economic costs of tobacco product waste litter; 3) estimating the effect of air pollution on children and elderly’s health and cognitive abilities; and 4) the impact of environmental regulations on environmental justice, electricity prices, employment, productivity, environmental performance, investment, and technological change. 

An up-to-date list of his publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Paula E. Stigler Granados, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health

More About Dr. Stigler Granados

Dr. Stigler Granados is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health – Environmental Health and Global Health. Her main areas of interest include global health, public health policy, environmental health, tobacco product waste, and neglected tropical diseases. She received her MS degree in Environmental Health Sciences at San Diego State University and her PhD in Global Health in the joint doctoral program with the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Some of her interests include Chagas disease, environmental exposure risks for vulnerable populations, socio-economic determinants of health, geo-spatial analysis of environmental hazards, climate change and community based participatory research. She has worked throughout Latin America and the United States with indigenous and rural populations on a multitude of projects addressing public health. Dr. Stigler Granados has several on-going research projects, including a Center for Disease Control and Prevention funded project to raise awareness among healthcare providers in the U.S. about Chagas disease. She is also utilizing the ECHO model of tele-mentoring to provide learning opportunities for physicians regarding Chagas disease. Dr. Stigler Granados also leads a Department of Defense Global Health Initiative grant to conduct surveillance of Chagas disease in military communities along the U.S. Mexico border region. She is an advocate for community-led projects and has a deep commitment to multi-disciplinary collaborations to solve important public health issues.

An up-to-date list of her publications can be found on Google Scholar.