Roseanne M. Lorenzana, DVM, PhD

Affiliate Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)

Dr. Roseanne M. Lorenzana is a Ph.D. toxicologist including a residency program in general toxicology and field investigation, plus more than 25 years experience in federal and state environmental agencies (now retired), as well as affiliate academic appointments. Dr. Lorenzana is also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.

• Expertise includes public health assessment, human health risk assessment, exposure assessment, science policy, applied research program management, research translation, research liaison and litigation support.

• Specialties include environmental toxicology, general toxicology, applied research, exposure assessment of Native American, Asian American, children and other unique exposure scenarios including those related to fish or food consumption, environmental justice, new program development and conceptual models to support sampling plans & investigative strategies.

• Additional experience includes:

- Direct scientific, risk assessment, toxicological, and environmental health assistance and interpretation to political appointees and executive managers.

- Development of Australia's guidance for assessment for carcinogenic soil contaminants.

- Teaching risk assessment classes both nationally, as well as internationally

- Member expert panels: the Risk Assessment Forum (; the Technical Qualifications Board which provides career promotion recommendations for research scientists; the Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response's Technical Review Workgroup for Lead (; the Environmental Justice Technical workgroup to develop methods for considering environmental justice during the development of a federal regulation, the Human Subjects Research workgroup, ad hoc reviewer of EPA grant proposals ( and the Climate Change Collaboration (


Research Interests

  • Current areas of interest include community-based participatory research, policy intervention research and translation of research results to effect change in occupational or environmental health policy and decision making, as well as public health.

Teaching interests

Dr. Lorenzana is interested in the application of innovative teaching methods including distance learning, as well as methods which address the personal technology capabilities of today's students.


DVM, <unknown>, University of Illinois, 1981


• Consultant support to EPA Region 10 with regard to the 2012-2013 Lower Duwamish Waterway (LDW) fisher person study to gather information from those who consume seafood from the LDW in order to improve effectiveness of the institutional controls regarding the seafood consumption pathway.

• Consultation support to EPA Region 10 with regard to development of the tribal seafood consumption survey to collect data for development of the Idaho state ambient water quality standard.

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