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Mary Kay O'Rourke PhD

Mary Kay  O'Rourke PhD

Professor

Community, Environment & Policy Department

1295 N. Martin
Campus PO Box: 245210
Drachman Hall A247
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-6835
mkor@email.arizona.edu

Biography

Mary Kay O'Rourke, PhD, is a professor of public health research and medicine at The University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental and Community Health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health where she teaches environmental and occupational health and environmental, occupational and injury epidemiology.

Dr. O'Rourke has conducted interdisciplinary environmental research relating environmental exposure to human health for more than 25 years. Her current research focuses on exposures in three areas: children's exposure to pesticide, the spatial relationship between arsenic exposure and cancer prevalence, and the relationships among soil type, Coccidioides immitis presence and cocci prevalence. She was a Co-Principal Investigator on several exposure assessment surveys investigating metal, pesticide, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) exposures. These studies include the National Human Exposure Assessment Survey, the Arizona Border Survey, two surveys examining pesticide exposure among children in Yuma Co. Arizona and a pesticide exposure in the Gila River Indian Community. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing exposure assessment field surveys, quality assurance programs and the data processing protocols for large studies.

Prior to joining the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, Dr. O'Rourke evaluated human symptom response to bioaerosols (pollen, fungi, house dust mites) using the tools of exposure assessment in a cross-sectional population of the Pima County (AZ) work force. Dr. O'Rourke has been an International Society of Exposure Analysis (ISEA) member since 1994 and served as Councilor from 1999-2002. She has also served as the Secretary General of the International Association for Aerobiology (IAA) from 1990-1994 and as an IAA councilor from 1994-98. She is a past member of the review boards of Grana and Aerobiologia.

Education: 

1986, PhD, Geosciences/Biology, University of Arizona

1976, MS, Geosciences/Biology, University of Arizona

1972, BA, Geology, Alfred University

Publications:

Kurzius-Spencer, M., Harris, RB., Hartz, V., Roberge, J., Hsu, CH., O'Rourke, MK., Burgess, JL. Relation of dietary inorganic arsenic to serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) at different threshold concentrations of tap water arsenic. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology (20 I 5), I -7. advance online publication, 21 January 20 15; doi: I O.l038/jes.2014.92.

Kurzius-Spencer, M., Burgess, JL, Harris, RB, HartZ, V., Roberge, J., Huang, S., Hsu, CH, and O'Rourke, MK. 2013. Contribution of diet to aggregate arsenic exposures~An analysis across populations.  Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 2013, 24: I 56-162; doi: 10.1 038/jes.201 3.37.

Kurzius-Spencer, M, O'Rourke, MK, Hsu, CH, Hartz V, Harris, RB, and Burgess, JL. Measured versus modeled dietary arsenic and relation to urinary arsenic excretion and total exposure. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 2013, 23:442-449; doi: 10. I 038/jes.20 12.120.

Burgess, JL, Kurzius-Spencer, M, O'Rourke, MK, Littau, SR, Roberge, J, Meza, MM, Gutierrez Millan, LE, Harris, RB. Environmental arsenic exposure and serum matrix metalloproteinase-9. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 2012, 23: 163-169; doi: l0.1038/jes.2012.107.

Roberge, J., O'Rourke, M.K., Meza-Montenegro, M.M., Gutierres-Millan, L.E., Burgess, J.L. and Harris, R.B. Binational arsenic exposure survey: Methodology and exploration of the relationship between estimated arsenic intake form drinking water and urinary arsenic concentrations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(4), I 051 -1067; doi: 1 0.3390/ijerph904l051.

Norman, L.M., Caldeira, F., Callegary, J., Gray, F., O'Rourke, M.K., Meranza, V., and Van Rijn, S. Socio-Environmental Health Analysis in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Water Quality, Exposure and Health 4(2):79-91. DOl 10.1007/sl2403-012-0067-x.

Tabor, J.A., M.K. O'Rourke, R.B. Harris and M.D. Lebowitz. 2011. Landscape-epidemiological study design to investigate an environmentally based disease. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 21:197-21 1. doi: I 0.1 038/jes.2009.67.

Gomez-Rubio, P., J. Roberge, L. Arendell, R.B. Harris, M.K. O'Rourke, Z. Chen, E. CantuSoto, M.M. Meza-Montenegro, D. Billheimer, Z. Lu, W. Klimecki. 2011. Association between body mass index and arsenic methylation efficiency in adult women from southwest U.S. and northwest Mexico. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 252(2): 176-82. U 1: 21320519.

Caldeira, F., M.K. O'Rourke, and C. Gil. Water and Wellness in Two Colonias of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society 1: 193-212.

Tabor, J.A., and M.K. O'Rourke. 2011. A risk factor study of coccidioidomycosis by controlling differential misclassifications of exposure and susceptibility using a landscape ecology approach. Science of the Total Environment 408( 1 0): 2199-2207.

Sanchez Lizardi, P., M.K. O 'Rourke and R.J. Morris. 2008. Effects of Pesticide Exposure on Hispanic Children's Cognitive and Behavioral Functioning. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 33(1):91 -101.

Needham, L.J., H. Ozkaynak, R.M. Whyan, D.B. Barr, R.Y. Wang, L. Naeher, G. Akland, T. Bahadori, A. Brad man, R. Fortmann, L-J .S. Liu, M. Morandi, M.K. O' Rourke, K. Thomas, J. Quackenboss, P.B. Ryan, and V. Zartarian. 2005. Exposure Assessment in the National Children's Study: Introduction. Environmental Health Perspectives 113:1076-1082.

Hysong T.A., J .L. Burgess, and M.K. O'Rourke.2003. House dust and inorganic urinary arsenic in two Arizona mining towns. Journal of Exposure Analysis & Environmental Epidemiology 13(3):21 1-218. doi: I 0.1 038/sj.jea. 75000272.

Sofuoglu, S.C., M.D. Lebowitz, M.K. O'Rourke, G.L. Robinson, and M. Dellarco, D.J. Moschandreas.2003. Exposure and Risk Estimates Associated with Drinking Water in Arizona.  JAMWA 95(7):67-79.

Stephen, G.A., C. McRill, M.D. Mack, M.K. O'Rourke, T.J. Flood, and M.D. Lebowitz. 2003.  Assessment of respiratory symptoms and asthma prevalence in aU .S.-Mexico Border Region.  Archives of Environmental Health 58(3): 156-162.

Moschandreas D.J., S. Karuchit, M.R. Berry, M.K. O'Rourke, D. Lo, M.D. Lebowitz, G.L. Robertson. 2000. Exposure apportionment: ranking food items by their contribution to dietary exposure. Journal of Exposure Analysis & Environmental Epidemiology 12(4):233-43.  doi: 1 0.1038/sj.jea.75000230.

Moschandreas, D.J., S. Karuchit, Y. Kim, M.D. Lebowitz, M.K. O'Rourke, S.M. Gordon, G.L. Robertson, 200I. On predicting multi-route and multimedia residential exposure to chlorpyrifos and diazinon. Journal of Exposure Analysis & Environmental Epidemiology 11 :56-65. doi: 10.1 038/sj.jea. 75000153.

Moschandreas, D.J., Y. Kim, S. Karuchit, H. Ari, M.D. Lebowitz, M.K. O'Rourke, S.M. Gordon,  G.L. Robertson, 200I. In-residence, multiple route exposures to chlorpyrifos and diazinon estimated by direct and indirect method models. Atmospheric Environment 35:220 1-2213.

Moschandreas, D.J., H. Ari, S. Karuchit, Y. Kim, M.D. Lebowitz, M.K. O'Rourke, S.M. Gordon, G.L. Robertson. 200 I. Exposures to pesticides by medium and route: the 90th percentile and related uncertainties. Journal of Environmental Engineering 127(9):857-865.

Languages Spoken: English

 

Research Synopsis

Dr. O'Rourke has conducted interdisciplinary environmental research relating environmental exposure to human health for more than 25 years. Her current research focuses on exposures in three areas: children's exposure to pesticide, the spatial relationship between arsenic exposure and cancer prevalence, and the relationships among soil type, Coccidioides immitis presence and cocci prevalence. She was a Co-Principal Investigator on several exposure assessment surveys investigating metal, pesticide, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) exposures. These studies include the National Human Exposure Assessment Survey, the Arizona Border Survey, two surveys examining pesticide exposure among children in Yuma Co. Arizona and a pesticide exposure in the Gila River Indian Community. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing exposure assessment field surveys, quality assurance programs and the data processing protocols for large studies.

The University of Arizona