Paloma Beamer

Director, Community Engagement Core
Co-Director/Manager, Implementation Resource for Translational and Human Exposure Research
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Professor, Community, Environment & Policy, Public Health

Roy P. Drachman Hall, room A223
1295 N. Martin, Tucson, AZ 85721


  • BS University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, Stanford University
  • PhD, Stanford University

Dr. Beamer's research focuses on understanding how individuals are exposed to environmental contaminants and the health risks of these exposures with a special focus on vulnerable populations, including children, low-wage immigrant workers, Native Americans and those in the US-Mexico Border Region. Dr. Beamer uses field sampling, GIS, computer modeling and laboratory techniques in her research. She has led multiple studies to collect of multi-media exposure samples for metals, pesticides and VOCs with minority and rural populations. The ultimate goal of her work is to develop more effective interventions and policies for prevention of avoidable cases of certain diseases such as asthma. Dr. Beamer is the Past President for the International Society of Exposure Science and an Associate Editor for Environmental Health Perspectives. She is a lifetime member of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Environmental research interests - Health disparities; exposure modeling; risk assessment; exposure factors; environmental epidemiology; community-engaged research; respiratory disease