Maureen Lichtveld



Maureen Y. Lichtveld, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy
Associate Director Population Sciences, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium
Director GROWH Research Consortium
Director, Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership and Strategic Initiative
President, Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
1440 Canal Street, suite 2100
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Tel: 504-988-7904
Fax: 504-988-1726


Research Interests:

Environmentally-induced disease including asthma and cancer, health disparities, environmental health policy, disaster preparedness, and public health systems.

Professional Achievements:

  • 2015 Member, Health Disparities Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the CDC Director
  • 2015 Chair, Editorial Board, American Journal of Public Health
  • 2015 Member, National Academy of science-Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine
  • 2014 President, Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools
  • 2014 Contributor NAS Gulf Research Program expert panel workshops
  • 2013 Member, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scientific Advisory Board
  • 2013 Woman of the Year, City of New Orleans
  • 2012 Member, C-Change Board of Directors
  • 2010 Chair, Diversity Committee, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • 2010 Member Planning Committee and presenter, IOM workshops on the Gulf of Mexico Oil spill
  • 2010 Chair, Science Board, American Public health Association
  • 2009 Commencement address University of Suriname: "Public health in Suriname-Tracing the Past, Living the Present, Painting the Future"
  • 2008 Association of American Medical Colleges: senior advisor on panel establishing national competencies for Schools of Medicine and Public Health on cultural competence
  • 2008 Herbert Nickens Award for promoting research in cancer prevention benefiting minorities   and the medically underserved.
  • 2005-present Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy
  • 2005 CDC Special Act Award

Educational Background:

  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene & Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences
  • MD, University of Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana)

Selected Publications:

Oehlers, GP, Lichtveld, MY, Brewster, L, Algoe, M, And Irving ER. (2015). Health Life in suriname. Conference Proceedings "Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour." 2013. University of Surname. Accepted for publication. 2015

Hamer, D, Jessurun, AER, Hindori, M, Codrington, J, Roosblad, J, and Lichtveld, M. (2015). A Retrospective Analysis of Dengue Cases in Suriname: Implications for Treatment and Prevention in a Lower Middle Income Country (LMIC). International Journal of Tropical Disease and Health, 7 (4):132-143. DOI: 10.9734/IJTDH/2015/17487

Hamer D., and Lichtveld, M. (2015). Spatial distribution of epidemiological cases of dengue fever in Suriname, 2000-2001. West Indian Medical Journal. DOI: 10.7727/wimj.2014.118

Juarez, PD, Matthew-Juarez, P, Hood, DB, Im, W, Levine, RS, Kilbourne, BJ, and Lichtveld, MY, (2014). The Public Health Exposome: A Population-Based, Exposure Science Approach to Health Disparities Research. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(12), 12866-12895

Langston, MA, Levine, RS, Kilbourne, BJ, Rogers, GL, Kershenbaum, AD, Baktash, SH, Coughling, SS, Saxton, AM, Agboto, V, Hood, DB, Lichtveld, MY, et al. (2014). Scalable combinatorial tools for health disparities research. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(10), 10419-10443.

Lichtveld, MY, and Arosemena, FA. (2014). Resilience in the Aftermath of The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: An Academic-Community Partnership to Improve Health Education, Social Support, Access to Care, and Disaster Preparedness.In International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings (Vol. 2014, No. 1, pp. 156-169). American Petroleum Institute.

Wells KJ, Lima DR, Meade CD, Muñoz-Antonia T, Scarinci I, McGuire A, Gwede CK, Pledger JW, Partridge E, Lipscomb J, Matthews R, Matta J, Flores I, Weiner R, Turner T, Miele L, Wiese TE, Fouad M, Moreno CS, Lacey M, Christie DW, Price-Haywood EG, Quinn GP, Coppola D, Sodeke SO, Green BL, and Lichtveld MY. (2014). Assessing Needs and Assets for Building a Regional Network Infrastructure to Reduce Cancer Related Health Disparities. Journal of Evaluation & Program Planning. Jun; 44:14-25.

Wickliffe J, Wilson M, and Lichtveld MY. (2014). Major Concerns Regarding Study Design and Clinical Biomarker Interpretation. The American Journal of Medicine. Sep; 127(9):e21-2.

Bernard D. Goldstein, Eric Baumgartner, Leslie M. Beitsch, Stephen Bradberry, Ayanna Buckner, Joseph Kimbrell, Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Maureen Lichtveld, Howard J Osofsky, Joy Osofsky, J. Steven Picou, Timothy A. Rehner, Glenn E. Rohrer. (2014). Public Health Resilience in a Disaster Prone Area: The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP). Solutions.

David M. Abramson, Lynn M. Grattan, Brian Mayer, Craig E. Colten, Farah A. Arosemena, Ariane Bedimo-Rung, and Maureen Lichtveld. (2014). The Resilience Activation Framework: A conceptual model of how access to social resources promotes adaptation and rapid recovery in post-disaster settings. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research 1-16.

Farah A. Arosemena, Laila Fox, Amy Fothergill, Patricia Davis, Maureen Y. Lichtveld. (2013). Applying the Principles of Patient Navigation and Embedding the RHAD Toolkit within the Disaster Management Workforce to Address Health Inequalities. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Faye Grimsley, Jeremy Wildfire, Maureen Lichtveld, Suzanne Kennedy, Jane El-Dahr, Patricia Chulada, Richard Cohn, Herman Mitchell, Eleanor Thornton, Mosanda Mvula, Yvonne Sterling, William Martin, Kevin Stephens and LuAnn White. (2012). Impact of Hurricane Katrina on mold and other allergen exposures and childhood asthma in the Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL) Study. International Journal of Pediatrics.

L. Faye Grimsley, Patricia C. Chulada, Suzanne Kennedy, LuAnn E. White, Jeremy Wildfire, Richard D. Cohn, Herman Mitchell, Eleanor Thornton, Jane M. El-Dahr, Mosanda M. Mvula, Yvonne M. Sterling, William J. Martin II, Kevin U. Stephens, Sr., Maureen Y. Lichtveld. (2012). Indoor Environmental Exposures for Children with Asthma in Post- Katrina New Orleans. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Patricia C. Chulada, Suzanne Kennedy, Mosanda M. Mvula, Katy Jaffee, Jeremy Wildfire, Eleanor Thornton, Richard D. Cohn, L. Faye Grimsley, Herman Mitchell, Jane M. El-Dahr, Yvonne M. Sterling, William J. Martin II, LuAnn E. White, Kevin U. Stephens, Sr., Maureen Y. Lichtveld. (2012). The Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL) Study—Design, Methods, and Study Population.Environmental Health Perspectives.

Herman Mitchell, Richard D. Cohn, Jeremy Wildfire, Eleanor Thornton, Suzanne Kennedy, Jane M. El-Dahr, Patricia C. Chulada, Mosanda M. Mvula, L. Faye Grimsley, Maureen Y. Lichtveld, LuAnn E. White, Yvonne M. Sterling, Kevin U. Stephens, Sr., William J. Martin II. (2012). Implementation of Evidence-based Asthma Interventions in Post Katrina New Orleans. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Goldstein B, Osofsky H, and Lichtveld M. (2011). The Gulf Oil Spill. New England Journal of Medicine. 364; 14 April 7, 2011.

Lichtveld MY. (2010). Education for Environmental Protection: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities for USEPA's Environmental Education Program. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. 16. 1242-1248.

Lichtveld, MY. (2009). Making Cultural Competence Work for Cancer Prevention: Fact of Fiction. Journal of Cancer Education. Volume 24 Supplement 2, S20

Barbeau, DN, Grimsley, FL, White, LE, El-Dahr, JM, and Lichtveld, M. (2009). Mold Exposure and Health Effect Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Annual Review of Public Health.

Contributions to:
IOM 2010 a. Assessing the Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Human Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
IOM 2010b. Review of the Proposal for the Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study: Highlights from the September 2010 Workshop: Workshop Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.


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