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Shawn Gerstenberger

School of Community Health Sciences
Office: BHS 514
Mail Code: 3064
Phone: 702-895-5090


Shawn Gerstenberger, PhD, is the Dean of the School of the Community Health Sciences. His research focuses on childhood lead poisoning prevention and the impact of the built environment on human health. He is the founder of the Nevada Healthy Homes Partnership and has multiple collaborative grants with key community partners such as the Southern Nevada Health District, City of Henderson and the Nevada State Health Division. He has received extensive grants from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency to support his work.

Expert Areas

  • Environmental toxicology

Selected Publications

Burns M and Gerstenberger S (accepted 2013) Implications of the New CDC Blood Lead Reference Value, American Journal of Public Health x:xx-xx.

Nowinski P, Hodge VF, Gerstenberger S, Cizdziel J (2013). Analysis of mercury in desert varnish samples in areas impacted by coal-fired power plants, Environmental Pollution 179:132-137.  DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.04.011  

Berger J and Gerstenberger S. (2013). An evaluation of lead concentrations in imported hot sauces, Journal of Environmental Science and Heath, Part B: Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Waste 48(7): 530-538.

Burns M, Shah L, Marquez E, and Denton S, Neyland B, Vereschzagin D, Gremes D,

Gerstenberger S (2012). Efforts to identify at-risk children for blood lead screening in pediatric clinics – Clark County, Nevada, Clinical Pediatrics 51(11): 1048-1055. DOI: 10.1177/0009922812458352

Phipps A, Fels, H, Gerstenberger S, and Burns M (2012). Lead poisoning due to geophagia: The consumption of miniature pottery. Open Journal of Pediatrics 2(1): 60-66.

Murphy K, Berger J, Gerstenberger S, More FG, and Kingsley K (2011). A pilot study: Screening of dentine lead levels from deciduous teeth sampled from children aged 3-11 years of age in Clark County, Nevada, Nevada Journal of Public Health 1:28-31.

Gleason K, Gerstenberger S, Pulliam G, Ahmed T, Fagliano J, Moffett D, and Ulirsch G (2010). Evaluating and Regulating Lead in Artificial Turf, Environmental Health Perspectives 118(10):1345-1349.

Greenway J and Gerstenberger S (2010). An evaluation of lead concentrations in plastic toys located in day care centers in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 85:363-366.

Gorospe EC and Gerstenberger S (2008). Atypical sources of childhood lead poisoning in the United States: A systematic review from 1966-2006, Clinical Toxicology 46(8):728-737.

Cabb EE, Gorospe EC, Rothweiler AM, and Gerstenberger S (2008). Toxic remedy: A case of a 3-year-old child with lead colic treated with lead monoxide (Greta),  Clinical Pediatrics 47:77-79.