Benjamin Richmond

CEC Co-Director
Key Personnel

Ben Richmond, MPH has been with the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center since 2015 and is the Associate Director of the Community Engagement Core. He earned his BS in Public Health and MPH from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education. Ben’s work focuses on developing pathways into Environmental Health and STEM careers, understanding environmental health literacy, utilizing best practices to communicate complex science to the public, and being a resource to communities to answer their environmental health questions and concerns. He works with communities throughout Arizona including 9 Tribal communities.

Ben’s research interest is in understanding the social and cultural barriers students face in pursuing higher education especially as it relates to Environmental Health and STEM related majors and careers. Using this research focus, Ben has devolved programs that aim to increase students’ STEM related knowledge and skills, improve students’ self-efficacy in pursuing STEM related majors and careers, and increase sense of belonging on a university campus.


BS, Public Health, University of Arizona
MPH, University of Arizona

College Affiliations: 

Center for Toxicology