Targeted Research Training Program

The Targeted Research Training (TRT) program fosters the development of interdisciplinary research skills that are needed to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH) and to enhance the trainees’ potential to become productive OSH researchers. Research training is responsive to National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) and will facilitate translation of research findings through communication to occupational health professionals. TRT provides support for collaborative research training with affiliated graduate programs to train OSH researchers who are not part of an academic SCERC program.


Affiliated Programs:

  • UCLA PhD program in epidemiology for research training in occupational epidemiology
  • UC Irvine Program in Public Health (PPH)
  • UC Irvine Environmental Health Sciences (EHS)


It also provides support for doctoral students in the Industrial Hygiene (IH) and Occupational and Environmental Nursing (OEHN) and SCERC programs who do research on NORA-priority areas. As well as support for outreach to communicate research findings to occupational health professionals in the region and support for program impact and outcome evaluation.


Contact Us:

Dr. Ulrike Luderer
Co-Director of Targeted Research Training Program at UCI
Phone: 949-824-8641

Dr. Jian Li
Co-Director of Targeted Research Training Program at UCLA

Phone: 310-206-3788

Matthew Feaster (’17)
Acting Epidemiologist
City of Pasadena

Students Supported by TRT

Student Name
Student Info Dissertation Title Advisor Name NORA Sector /
Cross Sector Program
Ivy TorresPublic Health - PhD - UCIOccupational Histories, Racialization and Gender Processes and Disability Patterns among Latina Immigrant EldersDr. Alana LeBronNational Occupational Research Agenda for Musculoskeletal Health
Margaret WhitleyPublic Health - PhD -UCIThe Impact of Workplace Lactation Accommodation on
Job Satisfaction among Working Mothers Who Breastfeed:
A Longitudinal Study
Dr. BongKyoo ChoiHealthy Work Design and Well-Being Program Information (cross-sector)
Clinton HallEpidemiology - PhD - UCLA"Occupational risk factors for stroke and childhood brain tumors: an analysis of occupational physical activity, stress, and livestock exposure." Dr. Niklas Krause
Dr. Beate Ritz
National Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (sector)

National Manufacturing (sector)

National Services (sector)

National Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (sector)
Anne RorieOEHN - PhD - UCLAHealth Promotion, Technology, and the Environment: Examining the use of a Twitter based health intervention to improve active commute usership among urban dwelling working men and womenDr. Wendie RobbinsTotal Worker Health (cross-sector)
Negar Omid
Epidemiology - PhD - UCLAParental Occupational Exposure and Childhood CancerDr. Beate Ritz
Dr. Julia Heck.
Cancer, Reproductive and Cardiovascular Diseases (cross setor)

Exposure Assessment (cross-sector)
Matthew Feaster
Epidemiology - PhD - UCLA Psychosocial and Physical Occupational Determinants of Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality: The Role of Alternative Assessment Methods of Job Stress and Hypertension and Mediation by Hemodynamic Factors.Dr. Niklas Krause
Dr. Onyebuchi Arah
Cancer, Reproductive and Cardiovascular Diseases (cross-sector)

Work Organization and Stress-Related Disorders (cross-sector)
Nu Yu
Industrial Hygiene - PhD - UCLACharacterizing Los Angeles Taxi Driver Exposure to On-road Ultrafine Particles and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.Dr. Yifang ZhuExposure Assessment (cross-sector)
Deborah Curtis
OEHN - PhD - UCLARelationship between Shift Work, HPA-Axis Overload and Obesity Related Type 2 Diabetes in African American FemalesDr. Wendie RobbinsHealthcare and Social Assistance (sector)

Work Organization and Stress-Related Disorders (cross sector)

Aolin Wang
Epidemiology - PhD - UCLAOpening the Black Box: Estimation of Targeted Effects in Causal Mediation Analysis With Applications to Global Health and Occupational Epidemiology.Dr. Niklas Krause
Dr. Onyebuchi Arah
Cancer, Reproductive and Cardiovascular Diseases (cross-sector)

Work Organization and Stress-Related Disorders (cross-sector)
Airek Mathews
Industrial Hygiene - PhD - UCLAPermeation of Cyclohexanol Through Disposable Nitrile GlovesDr. Que HeePersonal Protective Technology (cross-sector)
George Brogmus
Industrial Hygiene - PhD - UCLAWorkplace intervention to reduce back pain through the control of early morning flexionDr. Niklas KrauseMusculoskeletal Health (cross-sector)
Siavash Banaee
Industrial Hygiene - PhD - UCLAPermeation of non-volatile solvents through disposable nitrile gloves in the robot hand whole glove and ASTM closed loop modelsDr. Que HeeImmune and Dermal Diseases (cross-sector)

Exposure Assessment (cross-sector)