Department of Emergency Medicine
California Heat Illness Prevention Study (CHIPS)

About Us


Study Team

Marc Schenker Marc Schenker, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator
Professor
Dept of Public Health Sci
UCD School of Medicine
mbschenker@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-5676
Fax: (530) 752-3239
- Environmental and occupational risk factors for respiratory disease and lung cancer
- Health hazards or agricultural exposures especially respiratory and pesticide risks
- Occupational reproductive hazards
- Health of farm workers, immigration and acculturation
- International issues in occupational and environmental health
     
James Jones James H Jones- BA, BS, DVM, MS, PhD
Co-Investigator

Professor
Surgical & Radiological Sciences
jhjones@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-8528
Comparative physiology: respiratory, cardiovascular, exercise, metabolic, temperature regulation, allometry, biomechanics. Equine exercise physiology and sports medicine.
     
Gail Wadsworth Gail Wadsworth
Co-Investigator
Executive Director at California Institute for Rural Studies
gwadsworth@cirsinc.org
Phone: (530) 756-6555
Gail Wadsworth, Executive Director of the California Institute for Rural Studies, is investigating socio-cultural perspectives and behaviors relevant to heat-related illness using qualitative methods including focus groups of farm workers and key informant interviews.  For more information on the types of research CIRS pursues visit our website.  www.cirsinc.org
     
bennett large Deborah Bennett, PhD
Co-Investigator
Assistant Professor
Env and Occ Health
Dept of Public Health Sci
UCD School of Medicine
dhbennett@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 754-8282

My research focuses on the fate, transport, and exposure to chemicals in a multimedia environment within the context of environmental risk assessment. Current research interests fall into multiple areas. First, I quantify exposures in epidemiology studies for health risks in the farmworker population and for autism.  Second, I am developing an indoor fugacity model to assess exposures resulting from indoor releases of pesticides and other organic compounds. These exposures are important for young children in homes where pesticides are used due to their increased contact with indoor surfaces and their hand to mouth activity. Third, I am looking at the exposure to Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) in various indoor microenvironments through modeling and monitoring. Finally, I am developing methods for quantifying, and uses for, the Intake Fraction of compounds. The Intake Fraction is the integrated incremental intake of a pollutant released from a source or source category and summed over all exposed individual per unit of emitted pollutant.

     
Dan Tancredi

Daniel J. Tancredi, Ph. D.

Co-Investigator
Associate Professor

(In Residence) of Pediatrics
djtancredi@ucdavis.edu

Phone: (916) 734-3293

Daniel Tancredi is a statistician on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine with extensive training and experience in the design, implementation and analysis of health services and epidemiological research. His research and teaching interests include effective study designs and analysis plans for observational and experimental studies. He has particular interest in the analysis of correlated data, as arise in clinic-randomized trials, settings with repeated measurements and surveys that use complex probability sampling techniques. Dr. Tancredi has well-established collaborations with CHIPS investigators on a variety of topics in occupational and environmental epidemiology. He holds a PhD in mathematical statistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

     
Diane Mitchell Diane Mitchell, PhD
Project Manager
Staff Research Associate
Dept of Public Health Sci
UCD School of Medicine
dcmitchell@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-1810

Diane is a project coordinator for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and the School of Public Health, UC Davis. Diane manages all aspects of the projects, including study design, development of study instruments, data collection, management and analysis. Her background is in biochemistry and Epidemiology.

     

Teresa Andrews, MS

Outreach and Education Specialist

Western Center for Ag Health and Safety

Dept. of Public Health Sciences

terandrews@ucdavis.edu

Phone: (530) 754-8678

Teresa Andrews has extensive experience working with cultural minorities, including developing and delivering educational materials.   In her current role as outreach and educational specialist for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, Ms. Andrews has forged collaborative links with Hispanic farm worker groups, employers, and insurance personnel.  She has developed low-literacy educational materials and conducted training sessions in both English and Spanish for diverse audiences.

     
Sally Moyce Sally Moyce
Graduate Student
Betty Irene Moor School of Nursing, UC Davis
sally.moyce@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
Sally Moyce has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English writing and a Bachelor’s of Nursing Science. She has worked as a community health nurse in a clinic serving migrant farmworkers in Oregon and served as a public health nurse in the United States Peace Corps in the Fiji Islands. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Healthcare Leadership and Nursing Science from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and plans to focus her research on issues affecting immigrant agricultural workers.
     

Michael Courville, MA MSW

Qualitative Researcher

Co-Executive Director at California Institute for Rural Studies 

mcourville@cirsinc.org
Michael Courville, Co-Executive Director of the California Institute for Rural Studies, is investigating socio-cultural perspectives and behaviors relevant to heat-related illness using qualitative methods including focus groups of farm workers and key informant interviews.  For more information on the types of research CIRS pursues visit our website.  www.cirsinc.org
     
Alondra Vega Alondra Vega
Graduate Student Researcher
Grad Group in Epidemiology
alvega@ucdavis.edu
Alondra is a PhD student in the Epidemiology program focused on occupational and environmental epidemiology. Her dissertation will use the CHIPS data to look towards preventative methods toward heat-illness that will focus on clothing being worn by workers. This topic came about because the actual farm workers asked us about this issue, so we decided to investigate it. Alondra has a Bachelor's Degree of Science from Loyola Marymount University in Biomathematics.   
     
Javier Castro

Javier Castro
Field Supervisor

(530) 304-3652

Jrcastro@ucdavis.edu

Javier Castro graduated UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (NPB). He has worked in UC Davis Medical Center’s Student-run clinic, Clínica Tepati, where he helped provide healthcare to the uninsured population of Sacramento. Javier has played a key role in the study since 2012.
     

Juan Carlos Pina

Junior Specialist

jcpina@ucdavis.edu

 

Juan Carlos Piña graduated UC Davis with a double major in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies and a minor in Education. He initially developed an interest in publich health through his internship at the UC Davis Center for Public Policy and Research (CPPR) lab. He currently works in various aspect of the study and continues to volunteer at the UC Davis Law Clinic as a Spanish translator and interpreter.

     

Melissa Franco

Junior Specialist

mifranco@ucdavis.edu

Melissa Franco graduated UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. She has worked with the underserve community in Yolo county and Guatemala in various aspects concerning healthcare and public health. Melissa is a junior specialist for the CHIPS study.
     

Leslie Olivares

Junior Specialist

lvolivares@ucdavis.edu

Leslie Olivares graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Biology and a double minor in Spanish and Chicana/o Studies. As an undergraduate she worked at Clínica Tepati, one of UC Davis Medical Center’s student-run clinics, helping provide healthcare to underserved communities. She worked as a research assistant for CHIPS in the summers of 2014 and 2015 and is now a Junior Specialist in education and outreach. 
     

 

Eduardo Delgadillo

Research Assistant

edelgadilloalfaro@ucdavis.edu

Eduardo Delgadillo is currently enrolled at UC Davis and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History. He has an extensive background working with the underrepresented Latino community in Sacramento through his work as a manager for UC Davis Medical Center’s Student-run clinic, Clinica Tepati. Eduardo works on various parts of the CHIPS study as a Research Assistant.