L. Faye Grimsley, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2100
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-8262
Fax: (504) 988-1726


Research Interests:

Occupational hygiene; indoor air quality; exposure assessment; bioaerosols


Professional Achievements:

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, 1990-Present
  • American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, 1994-Present
  • Diplomate, American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene, 1994-present
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Deep South Section, 2001-present
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, 2002-present
  • Director, American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), 2003-2007
  • American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Fellowship, Cited for Leadership, 1998
  • Delta Omega Public Health National Honor Society, 2004-present
  • Tulane University Health Sciences Center New Competitive Research Recognition Award, 2003-2004
  • First Recipient AL-AIHA H. Kenneth Dillon Memorial Lecture Award, 2007
  • Permanent Conference Committee for AIHce/ACGIH 2009- present

Educational Background:

  • PhD, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • MSPH, Industrial Hygiene, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama
  • BS, Microbiology, University of Alabama,Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Industrial Hygiene
  • Industrial Hygiene Aspects of Plant Operations
  • Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

Selected Publications: 


Grimsley LF, Chulada PC, Kennedy S, White L, Wildfire J, Cohn RD, Mitchell H, Thornton E, El-Dahr J, Mvula MM, Sterling Y, Martin WJ, Stephens KU, Lichtveld M. Indoor environmental exposures for children with asthma enrolled in the HEAL study, post-Katrina New Orleans. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Nov;120(11):1600-6.

Chulada PC, Kennedy S,  Mvula M, Jaffee K, Wildfire J, Thornton E, Cohn R, Grimsley LF, Mitchell H,  El-Dahr JM,  Sterling Y, Martin W, White L, Stephens K, Lichtveld M, “The Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL) Study - Design, Methods, and Population.”  Environ Health Perspect 120:1592–1599 (2012). 

Grimsley LF, Chulada PC, Kennedy S, White L, Wildfire J, Cohn R, Mitchell H,  Thornton E, El-Dahr JM, Mvula M, Sterling Y,  Martin W, Stephens K, Lichtveld M, “Indoor Environmental Exposures for Children with Asthma in Post-Katrina New Orleans.” Environ Health Perspect 120:1600–1606 (2012).

Mitchell H, Cohn R, Wildfire J, Thornton E,  Kennedy S, El-Dahr JM, Chulada PC, Mvula M, Grimsley LF, Lichtveld M, White L, Sterling Y, Stephens K, Martin W, “Implementation of Evidence–based Asthma Interventions in Post-Katrina New Orleans: The HEAL Study (Head- off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana).”  Environ Health Perspect 120:1607–1612 (2012). 

Grimsley LF, Wildfire J, Lichtveld M, Kennedy S, El-Dahr JM, Chulada PC, Cohn R, Mitchell H, Thornton E, Mvula M, Sterling Y, Martin W, Stephens K, White L. Few Associations Found between Mold and Other Allergen Concentrations in the Home versus Skin Sensitivity from Children with Asthma after Hurricane Katrina in the Head-Off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana Study. Int J Pediatr. 2012;2012:427358. Epub 2012 Dec 6.

Indoor Environmental Exposures for Children with Asthma Enrolled in the HEAL Study, Post-Katrina New Orleans. Grimsley LF, Chulada PC, Kennedy S, White L, Wildfire J, Cohn RD, Mitchell H, Thornton E, El-Dahr J, Mvula MM, Sterling Y, Martin WJ, Stephens KU, Lichtveld M. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Aug 9.

Grimsley, L.F., Jacobs, R.R., and Perkins, J.L., "Varicella- Zoster Virus Susceptibility in Day-Care Workers," Appl. Occup. Environ. Hyg., 7(3):191-194, 1992.  

Bingham, E., Grimsley, L.F. "Regulations and Guidelines in the Workplace." in Patty's Toxicology, Edited by Bingham, E., et al, 5th Edition, Vol. 1, 2001.  

Grimsley, L.F. "Metals and Metal Compounds: Iron and Cobalt." in Patty's Toxicology, Edited by Bingham, E., et al, 5th Edition, Vol. 3, 2001.  

Grimsley, L.F. "Occupational Health and Safety Hazard Recognition and Control."  in Occupational Health and Safety Basic Principles, Edited by Bilir, N., Hacettepe University Printhouse, 2003.  

Grimsley, L.F., "Dispersal and Potential Exposures to Mold Spores During Short-term Task and Routine Maintenance Activities," Environ. Health Prev. Med. (Accepted, 2004)   

Maziak W, Ward KD, Mzayek F, Rastam S, Bachir ME, Fouad MF, Hammal F, Asfar T, Nuwayhid I, Frumkin H, Grimsley F, Chibli M, Mapping the health and environmental situation in informal zones in Aleppo, Syria; report from the 1st Aleppo Household Survey. Int. Arch. of Occp. and Environ. Health, July 6, 2005.  

Chew GL, Wilson J, Rabito F, Grimsley F, Iqbal S, Reponen T, Muilenberg ML, Thorne PS, Dearborn D, Morley RL. Mold and endotoxin levels in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: A pilot project of homes in New Orleans undergoing renovation. Environ. Health Perspect., 114: 1883-1889 (2006).  

Reponen T, Seo S, Grimsley F, Lee T, Crawford C, Grinshpun S. Fungal fragments in moldy houses: A field study in homes in New Orleans and Southern Ohio, Atmospheric Environment 41 (2007) 8140-8149.    

Rabito, FA, Iqbal S, Holt E, Grimsley LF, Islam TM, Scott SK. Prevalence of Indoor Allergen Exposures among New Orleans Children with Asthma. J Urban Health. Nov: 84(6):782-92 (2007).  

Bloom, E, Grimsley, LF, Pehrson,  C,  Lewis, J, Larsson, L., "Molds and Mycotoxins in Dust from Water-Damaged Homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina," (Indoor Air 2009; 19:153-158).  

Adhikari A, Jung J, Reponen T, Lewis JS, Degrasse EJ, Grimsley LF, Chew GL, Grinshpun SA, Aerosolization of fungi, (1-3)-B-D glucan, and endotoxin from flood-affected materials collected in New Orleans homes. Environmental Research, 109:215-224 (2009).

Barbeau, DN, Grimsley, LF, White, LE, El-Dahr, JM, Lichtveld, M., "Mold Exposure and Health Effects Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," Annu. Rev. Public Health 31: 1-14 (2010).

Adhikari A, Lewis JS, Reponen T, DeGrasse EC, Grimsley LF, Chew GL, Iossifova Y, Grinshpun SA., "Exposure matrices of endotoxin, (1→3)-β-D-glucan, fungi, and dust mite allergens in flood-affected homes of New Orleans," Sci Total Environ, 408 (2010): 5489-5498. 


Personal Statement:

Faye Grimsley is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Grimsley is a certified industrial hygienist (CIH) with more than 20 years of experience. Dr. Grimsley worked in private industry for seven years. Dr. Grimsley’ s research interests include occupational health and safety, air quality/pollution, bioaerosols, and exposure assessment, with a particular interest in exposure characterization and control of occupational hazards, indoor pollutants, asthma triggers, and mold. She also has expertise in emergency response and assessing exposures related to disasters. Dr. Grimsley currently teaches Principles of Industrial Hygiene and Industrial Hygiene Aspects of Plant Operations.

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