Adrienne Katner, D.Env., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

2020 Gravier Street, 3rd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-568-5942
Fax: 504-568-5701



Doctor of Environmental Science and Engineering- 2011

University of California at Los Angeles


Master of Science in Soil, Water and Environmental Science- 1998

University of Arizona


Bachelor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology- 1994

University of California at Santa Cruz



Research Interests

Childhood lead poisoning

Water quality

Environmental policy

Exposure and risk assessment

Occupational health

Environmental health surveillance

Teaching Activities

Principles of Occupational Health

Environmental Policy and Public Health

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

Faculty Senate, LA State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC), 2014-2017

Curriculum Committee, LSUHSC School of Public Health (LSUHSC-SPH), 2015-2017

Grievance Committee (LSUHSC-SPH), 2014-2016

Conflict of Interest Committee (LSUHSC), 2015-2016



Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  1. Cohen Y, Katner A. Improvement of Risk Assessments for Multi-contaminant Sites in the Face of Critical Data Gaps. 2007. Risk Assessment for Environmental Health. Eds. Robson, M., and W. Toscano. Jossey- Bass, San Francisco, CA LINK

Refereed Journal Articles and Reports

  1. Katner A, Lackovic M, Streva K, Paul V, Trachtman C. 2015. Evaluation of available data sources to prioritize parishes for arsenic monitoring and outreach related to private well water. J Pub Health Managgement and Practice, Mar.-Apr., Vol 21(2):S93-S101. LINK
  2. Katner A, Sun MH, Suffet M. 2013. A methylmercury risk screening assessment to identify fish species and populations of potential concern. Public Health Frontier. Sept, Vol. 2(3): 156-165.
  3. Katner A, Ogunyinka E, Sun MH, Lavergne L, Suffet M. 2011. Fishing, fish consumption and advisory awareness among Louisiana's recreational fishers. Env. Res. 111(8):1037-1045.LINK
  4. Katner A, Sun MH, Suffet M. 2010. An evaluation of mercury levels in Louisiana fish: Trends and public health issues. Sci. Tot. Environ. 408:5707-5714. LINK
  5. Cohen Y, Harmon T, Glik D, Katner A, Grifoll J, Wheeler N, Chinkin L, Ryan P. 2006. The Potential for Offsite Exposures Associated with Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Ventura County, CA. Center for Environmental Risk Reduction, UCLA Report to the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). LINK
Additional Info

My current research involves an investigation of the occurrence of lead in New Orleans' tap water. Low level lead exposures are associated with neurological effects in children and reproductive effects in women. New Orleans, LA typically has the highest rates of poisoned children in LA, with the highest rates of lead poisoning among African-Americans. While drinking water is considered a minor source of exposure, this pathway may contribute more to exposure in areas with aging water distribution pipes than currently believed. The outcome of this research is anticipated to impact current outreach messages, monitoring protocols and prevention policies. 

Curriculum Vitae





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