faculty and staff

Faculty | Staff


The Tulane faculty teaching in our distance learning programs come from many academic fields and from diverse corporate and government settings in which many of them practice or have practiced when not in the classroom. This gives our students access to a truly impressive breadth of knowledge and skills that enhances the classroom experience and the intellectual rigor of our courses.


LuAnn White, PhD, DABT

LuAnn White, PhD, DABT is a professor in the Department of Environmental Health in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She serves as the director of the Center for Applied Environmental Public Health which includes the Center of Excellence in Environmental Public Health Tracking. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Dr. White's research focuses on the prevention of health effects in humans from environmental and occupational agents and environmental risk communication. She has conducted projects to identify exposure to environmental agents and assess and reduce the risk of subsequent health effects in communities. Public health interventions include behavioral aspects as well as the medical and scientific factors that influence exposure and affect health status.She has developed risk communication methods that address the prevention of environmental exposures as well as individual behavioral risk factors that influence chronic diseases. She has launched distance learning master's degree programs in Occupational Health and Safety Management, Occupational Health, and Industrial Hygiene.


Dr. Elizabeth James

Dr. Elizabeth James is an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University. Dr. James received her PhD from the Department of Biology in Biochemistry from the John Hopkins University. Prior to coming to Tulane she spent 5 years developing and managing education and research programs for the federal government and industry. She is experienced in the education of adult learners in traditional as well as online modalities. Her current interests include development of immersive technologies for traditional and online education programs. Dr. James teaches general courses in Toxicology and basic sciences.


William H. (Billy) Bullock, DHSc, MSPH, CIH, CSP

Dr. Billy Bullock is presently Adjunct Assistant Professor at CAEPH and the Director of Industrial Hygiene for CSX Transportation. His previous positions include Global Manager of Health & Safety for the Arizona Chemical and Sr. Process Industrial Hygienist for International Paper. Dr. Bullock holds a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University, a MSPH in Industrial Hygiene from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and a BS in Physical Geography/Geology from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Bullock is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional. Dr. Bullocks’ current research interests include development of qualitative exposure assessment methods and worker exposure to diesel exhaust particulate.

Joseph Contiguglia

Dr. Joseph Contiguglia

Dr. Joseph Contiguglia graduated from Columbia College, received his M.D.from the University of Siena, an MPH&TM from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and an MBA from St. Mary's University. He has completed residencies in Internal Medicine at NYU and Aerospace Medicine at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine. He is a Clinical Professor of Public Health at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is a member of the teaching faculty for the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness and the South Central Public Health Leadership Institute.Colonel Contiguglia retired from the USAF, effective 1 January 2007, as Director of Operational Medicine and chairman of the Department of Military Medicine, Keesler Medical Center, Biloxi, MS. His military experiences include;Surgeon General appointed International Health SpecialistDirector of the 2004/2005 LIFESAVER Exercises.Surgeon 474 EOSS, Apiay, Colombia, supporting the Colombian Special ForcesChief, Medical Operations, United States Air Forces in EuropeSurgeon, 3rd Air Force, responsible for medical operations in sub-Saharan AfricaDeputy Command Surgeon, JTF Shining Hope supporting refugees in the BalkansHeaded NATO preparation team for Operation Allied Force in NW TurkeySurgeon, Joint Task Force - Southwest Asia, Operation Desert StormMedical Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Republic of Panama,Chief, Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, RAAFMedical Program Director of the Tactical Air Warfare Center's Chemical Weapons Defense and Operational Employment ExercisesSurgeon, OPERATION ELF-1, Saudi Arabia (Iran/Iraq War)Medical Project Manager of the South East Asian Refugee Evacuation.

Lawrence Cetrulo

Mr. Cetrulo

Mr. Cetrulo is an attorney living in Boston, Massachusetts. For more than 35 years, Mr. Cetrulo has been among the nation's top trial attorneys. In 1996, he founded his own law firm, specializing in toxic torts, environmental, and products liability litigation. His firm has been the fastest-growing law firm in Massachusetts for several years running. Mr. Cetrulo is National Coordinating Counsel for a Fortune 500 company's toxic torts litigation, in which capacity he monitors developments throughout the country and decides on appropriate responses. He is also an accomplished speaker, appearing on television programs, at conferences, and teaching courses regularly. He authors a treatise on toxic torts litigation published by ThomsonWest, Toxic Torts Litigation Guide.


Dr. David Eherts

Dr. Eherts has 30 years of experience in Safety, EHS and Toxicology and is the Vice President of Global EHS at Actavis Pharmaceuticals. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Masters and PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Drexel University. Dr. Eherts is also a member of the Federal Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee as well as on the advisory boards for ORCHSE's Executive Business Issues Forum and the board of directors for Occupational Knowledge International and SoundWaters. He has been teaching online and in the traditional university classroom as an adjunct professor at Tulane University and New York Medical College where he teaches courses in EHS Management, Environmental Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.

Ronald Goans

Dr. Ronald Goans

Dr. Ronald Goans is presently Adjunct Associate Professor at CAEPH and senior medical consultant with MJW Corporation where he provides radiation medicine consultation to the current DOE/NIOSH EEOICPA dose reconstruction project. In addition, Dr. Goans is senior scientific advisor and staff physician at the Department of Energy's Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) in Oak Ridge, TN. Dr. Goans is board-certified in Occupational Medicine and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. In addition, he is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) for workplace drug testing. Dr. Goans received the MD degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1983 and a PhD in radiation physics from the University of Tennessee in 1974. In addition, he received the MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2000. Dr. Goans has active medical licensure in Tennessee, Virginia, and Maryland. Dr. Goans' current research interests include development of mathematical methods for the early estimation of radiation dose after either a radiation accident or a nuclear weapons event.


Prof. Judyth Gulden

Prof. Judyth Gulden has a Masters of Public Health in Disaster Management from Tulane University. She is certified in national disaster life support training, bioterrorism emergency management and first responder preparedness. She has over 25 years of experience as a government policy specialist in environmental resource management and healthcare management. Her research focuses on risk communication and social media, knowledge exchange and core competencies development, vulnerable populations and disaster management. She has worked as an Emergency Management Consultant at Public Health Ontario while also serving as Vice-Chair for the Emergency Management and Public Safety Institute, Centennial College, Toronto. She was an adjunct instructor at York University in the School of Emergency Management and a practicum advisor for students from the University of Toronto and McGill University. She has held a board position in the American Chemical Society, Tulsa Chapter and has served as a co-investigator for several national grants looking at the development of core competencies in emergency management preparedness in the medical and healthcare delivery fields.

Jim Leemann

Dr. Leemann

Dr. Leemann has a Ph.D. in Systemic Management from the Union Institute and University and two masters from Tulane, one in Industrial Hygiene from the School of Public Health and one in Environmental Engineering from the School of Engineering. He has more than 40 years experience in corporate and business-line management of safety, health, and environmental functions at DuPont and Conoco. Dr. Leemann teaches Applying Systems Thinking to EHS Management (GEHS 7240). His research interests and consulting practice involve Low Frequency High Impact Incidents and the means to prevent them from occurring. In addition to using systems thinking and interactive planning to enhance the value and performance of Safety, Occupational Health and Environmental in organizations, Dr. Leemann is an Associate of Near-Miss Management, a company that offers a software that identifies near misses before they become near misses in continuous flow operations. Dr. Leemann writes a monthly Systems Thinking column in Industrial Safety & Hygiene News.

Roy Rando

Roy J. Rando, Sc.D., C.I.H.

Roy J. Rando, Sc.D., C.I.H. is Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science in the School of Public Health, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine. He is the Academic Director of the ABET-accredited industrial hygiene program at Tulane School of Public Health. Dr. Rando holds the BS degree in Chemistry from the University of New Orleans, and MSPH and ScD degrees in Environmental Health Science from Tulane University. He has over 30 years of research experience which has been focused on the etiology, epidemiology and exposure assessment for respiratory toxicants in the workplace and indoor environments. Currently, his research involves an epidemiologic investigation of respiratory health effects associated with demolition and construction work in the post-Katrina environment, techniques for assessing industrial wood dust exposure, and statistical and methodological strategies for minimizing the impact of the large sample size problem on occupational exposure assessments.

Jacqueline Rhoads

Dr. Jacqueline Rhoads

Dr. Jacqueline Rhoads is a professor and Graduate Program Director at the University Of Texas Medical Branch School Of Nursing in Galveston Texas. She has education preparation and certification as an Acute Care, Family, Gerontological, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She maintains clinical competence through direct patient care in acute- and primary-care settings. Her experience includes numerous leadership positions in the in the US Army and major positions in schools of nursing and colleges of nursing in both private and public universities In June 2007, Dr. Rhoads was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Rhoads has been a member of NONPF for 15 years. During that time, she has served on the Nominating Committee and Member Resources Committee.

Doug Swift

Dr. Swift

Dr. Swift is currently the Co-medical director of the East Jefferson General Hospital Occupational Medicine Clinics. His clinical practice is devoted to the evaluation and treatment of occupational and environmental illnesses and injuries, a field in which he has over 20 years of experience. Dr Swift is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Dept of Medicine at Tulane's School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the School of Public Health. Dr Swift obtained his MD from the LSU School of Medicine and his Master of Science in Public Health at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Arti Shankar

Arti Shankar, PhD

Arti Shankar, PhD, Organizational Behavior, Indian Institute of Technology, India, 1993 MS, Psychology, Gorakhpur University, India, 1987 BS, Psychology, Specialization-Clinical Behavior Gorakhpur University, India, 1985. Her professional achievements include: School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Student Government Association Teaching Excellence Award 2006 Honorary Member, Delta Omega Society in Public Health, Eta Chapter, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (2005) University Grants Commission fellow 1988 National Merit Scholarship 1986.


Dennis A. Stevenson PhD, CHP

Dr. Stevenson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Tulane University Center for Applied Environmental Public Health in the distance learning program. He has a PhD in Physics (Biophysics) from the University of Delaware and is board certified in Health Physics (emeritus) by the American Board of Health Physics. He has over 40 years of varied experience with increasing levels of responsibility. He has worked as a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh and was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Northeast Louisiana University. He served in the US Army Medical Department as the health physics officer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. He managed environmental, health and safety programs as well as quality, medical and emergency management programs for DuPont, Westinghouse and Bechtel at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River and Oak Ridge sites for work related to operations, construction, remediation and project management. His most recent assignment was as Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at the Medical College of Georgia (currently Georgia Regents University and Medical Center of Augusta, GA) for both research and clinical activities. He is an emeritus member of the Health Physics Society and American Academy of Health Physics as well as Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society of North America, and Sigma Pi Sigma - National Physics Honor Society. Dr. Stevenson teaches Tulane distance learning courses in project management and principles of safety.


Dr. Abdelghani

Dr. Abdelghani has worked for national and international health organizations and ministries of health in many countries including Mexico, Honduras, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Jordan and others. Responsibilities included assessment of the impact of biological and chemical contaminants on human health and the environment, control of communicable disease, health education, immunizations, food and water protection, air quality, solid waste disposal, control of vectors of disease. Dr. Abdelghani also serves on the editorial board of such journals as the Journal of Environmental Toxicology, and Reviews On Environmental Health.


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Dr. Kathleen Vidoloff


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