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 the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) and will facilitate translation of research findings through communication to occupational health professionals. The 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 Environmental Health Sciences
  • UCLA PhD program in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
  • UC Irvine PhD Program in Public Health
  • UC Irvine PhD Program in Environmental Health Sciences


Currently, there are three training directions:

  • Occupational health disparities
  • Secondary prevention of chronic disease among workers
  • Occupational toxicology


The TRT program also provides support for post-doctoral researchers in OSH who do research on NORA-priority areas. It also provides 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
TRT Program Co-Director at UCI
Phone: 949-824-8641

Dr. Jian Li
TRT Program Co-Director at UCLA

Phone: 310-206-3788

Whitley MD, Ro A, Choi B. Workplace breastfeeding support and job satisfaction among working mothers in the United StatesAm J Ind Med. 2019;62:716‐726.

Post-Doctoral Researchers Supported by TRT

Post-Doc Researcher
AffiliationStatusResearch TopicAdvisorNORA Sector /
Cross Sector Program
Elizabeth KellerOccupational Health Nursing - UCLACurrentWorking Conditions and Health in Wilderness Healthcare Professionals and First RespondersDr. Jian Li, Dr. Wendie RobbinsHealthy Work Design & Well-Being (cross-sector)

PhD Students Supported by TRT

AffiliationStatusDissertation TitleAdvisorNORA Sector /
Cross Sector Program
Jayveeritz BautistaEnvironmental Health Sciences - UCI - PhDCurrentRespiratory effects of inhaled metals from environmental exposure to e-cigarette vaporDr. Michael Kleinmann
Dr. Andrea De Vizcaya-Ruiz
Respiratory Health (cross-sector)
Ivy TorresPublic Health - UCI - PhDPastOccupational Histories, Racialization and Gender Processes and Disability Patterns among Latina Immigrant EldersDr. Alana LeBronMusculoskeletal Health
Margaret WhitleyPublic Health - UCI - PhDPastWorkplace Breastfeeding Support and Job Satisfaction Among Working Mothers in the United StatesDr. BongKyoo ChoiHealthy Work Design & Well-Being Program Information (cross-sector)
Clinton HallEpidemiology - UCLA - PhDPastOccupational Epidemiology in Vulnerable Populations: Occupational Physical Activity and Cerebrovascular Disease in Older Women and Parental Occupational Exposures and Childhood CancerDr. Niklas Krause
Dr. Beate Ritz
National Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing (sector)
National Manufacturing (sector)
National Services (sector)
National Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (sector)
Anne Rorie GelberOccupational Health Nursing - UCLA - PhDPastHealth 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 OmidEpidemiology - UCLA - PhDPastParental Occupational Exposures and Risk of Childhood CancerDr. Beate Ritz
Dr. Julia Heck
Cancer, Reproductive & Cardiovascular Diseases (cross sector)
Exposure Assessment (cross-sector)
Matthew FeasterEpidemiology - UCLA -PhDPastPsychosocial 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 & Cardiovascular Diseases (cross-sector)
Work Organization & Stress-Related Disorders (cross-sector)
Nu YuIndustrial Hygiene (EHS) - UCLA - PhDPastCharacterizing Los Angeles Taxi Driver Exposure to On-road Ultrafine Particles and Polycyclic Aromatic HydrocarbonsDr. Yifang ZhuExposure Assessment (cross-sector)
Deborah CurtisOccupational Health Nursing - UCLA - PhDPastThe Association of Chronic Stress Secondary to Occupational Racism and Shift Work with DiabesityDr. Wendie RobbinsHealthcare & Social Assistance (sector)
Work Organization & Stress-Related Disorders (cross sector)
Aolin WangEpidemiology - UCLA - PhDPastOpening the Black Box: Estimation of Targeted Effects in Causal Mediation Analysis - With Applications to Global Health and Occupational EpidemiologyDr. Niklas Krause
Dr. Onyebuchi Arah
Cancer, Reproductive & Cardiovascular Diseases (cross-sector)
Work Organization & Stress-Related Disorders (cross-sector)
Airek MathewsIndustrial Hygiene (EHS) - UCLA - PhDPastWhole Glove Permeation of Cyclohexanol Through Disposable Nitrile GlovesDr. Que HeePersonal Protective Technology (cross-sector)
George BrogmusIndustrial Hygiene (EHS) - UCLA - PhDPastWorkplace Intervention to Reduce Back Pain Through the Control of Early Morning FlexionDr. Niklas KrauseMusculoskeletal Health (cross-sector)
Siavash BanaeeIndustrial Hygiene (EHS) - UCLA - PhDPastPermeation of Limonene through Disposable Nitrile Gloves in the Robot Hand Whole Glove and ASTM Closed Loop ModelsDr. Que HeeImmune & Dermal Diseases (cross-sector)
Exposure Assessment (cross-sector)
Matthew Feaster (’17)
Acting Epidemiologist
City of Pasadena