Marti Lindsey

Outreach & Community Engagement 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, from NIEHS to develop a mechanism to measure environmental health literacy, from the US EPA to develop tribally specific environmental education methods, and from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice to develop a program to empower tribal college students to transfer to four-year universities.

In 2019 Lindsey was awarded the AZBio Michael A. Cusanovich Bioscience Educator of the Year Award and the University of Arizona Maria Teresa Velez Outstanding Mentoring Award.


  1. London, J.K.; Haapanen, K.A.; Backus, A.; Mack, S.; Lindsey, M.; Andrade, K. A Time and a Place for Everything: Aligning Community-Engaged Research to Context. (2020)
  2. Lindsey M. and Gray K. (2018) Chapter 2: Measuring Environmental Health Literacy. In O’Fallon L. and Finn S. Environmental Health Literacy. Springer Publishing Company: NY, NY. The chapter describes include an overview and definition of EHL and its relation to health literacy and communications research; and a proposed model for measuring EHL and the use of this model among American Indian research partners.
  3. Ingram, H. Mittan, B. Lindsey, M. (In Press) Tips for Educators.  Connected Science Learning. an online journal of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC).
  4. Ingram, H. Mittan, B. Lindsey, M. (Aug, 2018) Multiple Mentors for Developmental Relationships, Conference Proceedings, New Mexico Mentoring Institute.