Marti Lindsey

CEC Co-Director
Key Personnel

PhD, 2010, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona
MLS, 2002, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona
MA, 1999, Prescott College
BSW, 1973, James Madison University

College Affiliations: 

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests: 
  • Best practices in environmental health and science information materials development
  • High school student researcher achievement
  • Best practices of outreach engagement of American Indian communities
  • Best practices for informal environmental science education
  • Impact of literacy on learning
  • Environment as a context for teaching science and health
  • Teaching and implementing project / issues based learning
  • Teaching and implementing guided inquiry and use of the library in science education
Environmental Health Research & Expertise: 

Dr. Lindsey was appointed director of the Outreach and Education Core in 2002. She collaborates with basic and clinical scientists, integrating public health outreach and translational opportunities with environmental health sciences research. Lindsey also serves as a Co-Director of the “Keep Engaging Youth in Science” (KEYS) project. For over twenty years Lindsey has built bridges between groups and cultures, in one form or another. Prior to her current position, Lindsey draws upon her experience in order to share information resulting from the research of toxicologists and environmental health scientists with the public and the K-12 education community and to facilitate partnerships among these groups. Lindsey’s research focuses on environmental health literacy. Research is underway, with funding from the Tucson Water utility to develop a risk communication model for addressing community concern with emerging contaminants in drinking water that builds on work funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), with the University of Rochester, to define “environmental health literacy” and describe knowledge and skills of environmentally literate people. Research is also underway, with the University of Washington, also with NIEHS funding, to explore how best to incorporate stories into outreach and environmental public health activities in tribal communities. Additional NSF funded research is underway to develop and test alternative methods for choosing exceptionally talented student in STEM and placing / nurturing them in the KEYS high school summer research internship program, which Dr. Lindsey co-directs.