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Devon C. Payne-Sturges, Dr.P.H.

I am an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. I also hold joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

I am energized by the challenge of cumulative environmental health risks and social disparities in environmental health because these issues are difficult, complicated and sometimes controversial, from both science and policy perspectives.

My research interests are children's environmental health, environmental-health disparities, cumulative risk, and policy reform.

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"Count Chemicals, not just Calories"


September 27,2023

Disparities in Toxic Chemical Exposures and Associated Neurodevelopmental Outcomes: A Scoping Review and Systematic Evidence Map of the Epidemiological Literature

The Receipts are in. The evidence is clear. Dr. Payne-Sturges publishes a sweeping review article showing that Black and Brown children in the U.S. are more exposed and more harmed by neurotoxic pollutants and chemical contaminants in their environments. She and her co-authors provide clear recommendations for policy change and how researchers can improve the rigor of their studies.

This publication has received media attention.

September 19, 2023

Dr. Payne-Sturges recently presented on the links between cumulative risk and impacts and environment justice at  a Climate, Environment & Health Legislative Forum hosted by the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD).

August 26, 2023

Free school supplies and a lesson about the importance of clean indoor air. RESPIRAR Project hosted a DIY Corsi-Rosenthal box air filter build at the Fresh Start: Wicomico County Back To School Event in Salisbury with help from Salisbury University CAMP students 

October 19, 2022

Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges has been awarded $3.7M NIH Grant to fund Study of Structural Racism, Pandemic Effects on Farmworkers. Research Will Focus on Residential Air Quality, State Policies and Legal Protections.

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