June 21, 2017

Alesia Ferguson, PhD, MS, MPH

Associate Professor


2014 – MPH, College of Public Health, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
Focus: Health Policy and Management, Honors
2003 – Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Major: Environmental Engineering, Focus: Human Exposure Assessment.
1997 – MS, Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Major: Environmental Engineering
1994 – BS, Civil Engineering Florida International University, Miami, FL. Major: Civil Engineering, Professional Certification: Florida’s EIT (Engineer in Training) October 1994. Honors

Additional Certifications

EPA Certified Lead RRP Trainer, 2010 to Present
Certified Healthy Homes Specialist, 2016
2016 UAMS College of Public Health Service Award

Alesia Ferguson CV

Research Interest

Dr. Ferguson’s earlier and continued focus of my research work has been in understanding the structure of the human skin and in mathematically defining mass transfer across the skin barrier for dermal dose using a developed two-layer, time-varying, numerical model and other previously developed simpler analytical dermal uptake models. In addition, she has spent a significant amount of time developing methodologies for the collection of micro-level activity time series (MLATS) data for children, and more recently hair stylists, using video-taping and video translation techniques and assessing the relationship between contact frequency and duration with chemical mass loading on skin surface. She has also spent the last few years conducting skin-adherence studies with soil and clay using a computer controlled adherence chamber. Dr. Ferguson has also been the principal Investigator on four Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outreach and education grants to address lead poisoning and various healthy home issues (i.e., chemical use reduction, integrated pest management, radon, mold). She currently works with multiple state agencies and local partners across Arkansas. In general, her work is multidisciplinary in the human risk assessment field (particularly dermal exposure) encompassing biology, toxicology, engineering, chemistry and the behavioral sciences.


Courses Taught

PBHL5263, OEHM 5263 Environmental Exposure Assessment, Combination of in-class and online discussion and lectures, Course Director
PBHL 5043, OEHM5043 Occupational and Hazard Control, Combination of in-class and online discussion and lectures, Co-Lecturer to Course Director
PBHL5263, Environmental Policy, Co-Lecturer: Combination in class and online discussion and lectures
PBHL5073, OEHM5073 Governmental Regulations of Environmental Health, Co- Lecturer, Combination of in-class and online discussion and lectures
PBHL5311 Biology for Public Health, Co-Lecturer, Only on-line

Current Grants

EPA: Pest Management Practices and Chemical Use Reduction in Homes: Partnering with Arkansas STEM Centers in the Use of Liberating Structures. Project Period: 2013-2015. Principal Investigator with 26% effort.
EPA: HIPPY for Healthy Homes. Project Period: 2012-2014. Principal Investigator with 5% effort.
New Mexico Department of Health: Assessment of Land-based Sources of Air Quality Contaminants in the Binational Border Region of Southwestern New Mexico and Northwestern Chichuahua. Project Period: 201-2013. Co-Principal Investigator with 4 % effort.
UAMS Translational Research Institute: Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health in Arkansas. Project Period: 2013-2014. Co-Principal Investigator with 7.5% effort.

Recent Publications (see rest on CV)

Book Chapter
Pathogenic Fungi in Public Places, Information Gaps in Assessing Public Health Risk, Solo-Gabriele, H., Gorden, B., and Ferguson, A. Environmental Mycology in Public Health Submitted to Editors (Viegas, C., Pinheiro, V., Sabino, R., Viegas, S., Brandaoe, J., and Verissiomo, C.), Elsevier Publication, August 2015
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Black, J., Welday, J., Buckley, B.,Ferguson, A., Gurian, P., Mena, D., Solo-Gabriele, H. “Risk Assessment for Children Exposed to Beach Sands Impacted by Oil Spill Chemicals”, submitted to Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 13 (9): 853, 2016, doi:10.3390/ijerph13090853.
Ferguson, A. and Yates C. “Federal Enactment of Healthy Homes Legislation in the United States to Improve Public Health”, A Perspective in Frontiers in Public Health, 24 March 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00048
Ferguson, Alesia. “Methodologies and Results of a Two -Year Project Focused on Promoting Integrated Pest Management and Chemical Use Reduction to Promote Science and Improve Health.” International Journal of Engineering Research and Science (IJOER), 2(4): 127-137, 2016, ijoer.com/Paper-April-2016/IJOER-MAR-2016-2.pdf [ISSN: [2395-6992]).
Ferguson, A. Yates. C., and Tilford, M. Value Based Insurance Design in the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders, the American Journal of Managed Care, 22(1): 65-71, 2016. http://www.ajmc.com/journals/issue/2016/2016-vol22-n1/Value-Based-Insurance-Designs-in-the-Treatment-of-Mental-Health-Disorders
Ferguson, A., Burroughs-Ray, D, and Simpson, N. “HIPPY for Healthy Homes Program: Results of Pre and Post Surveys Addressing Indoor Air, Quality Contaminants in Homes.” Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education, 5:5 http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2161-0711.1000368, 2015.
Ferguson, A., Ulmer, R., Harris, K., Richison, A., and Kavouras, I. “Applying Liberating Structures to Improve Teaching: Pilot Study Results, Journal of Health Education Research and Development, 3:3http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2380-5439.1000136, 2015
Koturbush, I., Racine Miousse, I., Lumen, A., Chalbot, M.,Ferguson, A., and Kavouras, I., Transposable Elements in Response to Environmental Stressors, Mutation Research-Reviews, 765, 2015, 10.1016/j.mrrev.2015.05.003.