Karla R. Armenti

Research Assistant Professor
Office: Institute on Disability, 10 West Edge Drive, Durham, NH 03824
Karla Armenti, Research Assistant Professor & Project Director, Institute on Disability

Dr. Karla Armenti joined the Institute in January 2016, bringing with her the New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Program (NH OHSP), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The NH OHSP, previously housed in the NH Division of Public Health Services, now finds its home in the Institute through a bona fide agent agreement with the State.

Dr. Armenti has more than 30 years of experience in occupational safety and health with a focus on policy and public health. She has taught environmental and occupational health courses in the UNH Master of Public Health Program for over 15 years. In her work as Project Director of the NH OHSP and in teaching students, she stresses the social, political, and economic context within which occupational and environmental health function.

Dr. Armenti is a leader in occupational health surveillance and participates on several national topic-specific NIOSH workgroups. Her work is presented at national public health conferences, including the American Public Health Association and the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists. She is an active member of the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), tasked with providing advice on standards of scientific excellence, current needs in the field of occupational safety and health, and the applicability and dissemination of research findings.

Projects

The NH Occupational Health Surveillance Program (NH OHSP) aims to provide meaningful statistics to identify priority occupational safety and health issues in the state. This includes reports on a variety of core occupational health indicators based on measures of health (work-related disease, injury, or disability) or factors associated with health, such as workplace exposures, hazards or interventions.

Education

  • Ph.D., Work Environment, University of Massachusetts - Lowell
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts - Lowell
  • B.A., Norwich University

Courses Taught

  • PHP 934: Work Env Policy & Hlth Workers

Selected Publications

Russ, D. E., Ho, K. -Y., Colt, J. S., Armenti, K. R., Baris, D., Chow, W. -H., . . . Friesen, M. C. (2016). Computer-based coding of free-text job descriptions to efficiently identify occupations in epidemiological studies. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 73(6), 417-424. doi:10.1136/oemed-2015-103152

Baris, D., Waddell, R., Beane Freeman, L. E., Schwenn, M., Colt, J. S., Ayotte, J. D., . . . Silverman, D. T. (2016). Elevated Bladder Cancer in Northern New England: The Role of Drinking Water and Arsenic. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 108(9). doi:10.1093/jnci/djw099

Friesen, M. C., Wheeler, D. C., Vermeulen, R., Locke, S. J., Zaebst, D. D., Koutros, S., . . . Silverman, D. T. (2016). Combining Decision Rules from Classification Tree Models and Expert Assessment to Estimate Occupational Exposure to Diesel Exhaust for a Case-Control Study. Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 60(4), 467-478. doi:10.1093/annhyg/mev095

Figueroa, J. D., Koutros, S., Colt, J. S., Kogevinas, M., Garcia-Closas, M., Real, F. X., . . . Silverman, D. T. (2015). Modification of Occupational Exposures on Bladder Cancer Risk by Common Genetic Polymorphisms. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 107(11), djv223. doi:10.1093/jnci/djv223

Using Hierarchical Cluster Models to Systematically Identify Groups of Jobs With Similar Occupational Questionnaire Response Patterns to Assist Rule-Based Expert Exposure Assessment in Population-Based Studies (2015). The Annals of Occupational Hygiene. doi:10.1093/annhyg/meu101

Locke, S. J., Colt, J. S., Stewart, P. A., Armenti, K. R., Baris, D., Blair, A., . . . Friesen, M. C. (2014). Identifying gender differences in reported occupational information from three US population-based case?control studies. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 71(12), 855-864. doi:10.1136/oemed-2013-101801

Figueroa, J. D., Han, S. S., Garcia-Closas, M., Baris, D., Jacobs, E. J., Kogevinas, M., . . . Silverman, D. T. (2014). Genome-wide interaction study of smoking and bladder cancer risk. Carcinogenesis, 35(8), 1737-1744. doi:10.1093/carcin/bgu064

Friesen, M. C., Park, D. -U., Colt, J. S., Baris, D., Schwenn, M., Karagas, M. R., . . . Stewart, P. A. (2014). Developing estimates of frequency and intensity of exposure to three types of metalworking fluids in a population-based case-control study of bladder cancer. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 57(8), 915-927. doi:10.1002/ajim.22328

Figueroa, J. D., Ye, Y., Siddiq, A., Garcia-Closas, M., Chatterjee, N., Prokunina-Olsson, L., . . . Rothman, N. (2014). Genome-wide association study identifies multiple loci associated with bladder cancer risk. Human Molecular Genetics, 23(5), 1387-1398. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddt519

Armenti, K. R., Moure-Eraso, R., Slatin, C., & Geiser, K. (2011). Primary prevention for worker health and safety: cleaner production and toxics use reduction in Massachusetts. Journal of Cleaner Production, 19(5), 488-497. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.07.006

Most Cited Publications