Sterling, David A
Sterling, David A
Professor and Chair

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science
University of North Texas Health Science Center



University of Oregon, Eugene, OR B.S. 1978 Biology
  University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH M.S. 1982 Environ. HlthSc/IH
  University of Texas, Houston, TX   Ph.D 1986 Environmental Health



I have over 25 years of experience as a principal and co-investigator on federally, state and foundation funded grants working in diverse communities and international setting, with a primary focus on the environmental determinants on health. These include the St. Louis metropolitan area, Herculaneum, and Joplin and St. Francis Counties of Missouri, as well as internationally in La Oroya, and the Mantaro River Valley of Peru, to a monastery in Greece. From 2001-2009 I was a co-investigator (Site PI) on the CDC Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project, and the Site PI responsible for the development and implementation of a school-based asthma management program (Asthma 411). I also have experience with researching factors associated with pulmonary polymorphisms, including inflammatory markers such as IL13, and genetic factors. Additional research areas have been related to: air pollution and asthma in children utilizing EPA Supersite monitoring and hospital ED discharge data in St. Louis, MO, investigating air quality and health impacts using satellite remote sensing methods; and, asbestos exposure and disease progression outcomes. I have also been the Co-Investigator (Site PI) for NIH/NIEHS (R01 ES013743) Epidemiology of Parkinsonism in Welders. My most recent research has been associated with the development of near-real time sensing and data acquisition for individual and community exposure evaluation and assessment. Over the past two years this latest project has included a CBPR approach, the development and use of a community advisory board, and community focus groups. These projects illustrate my relevant experience in the assessment of environmental exposure, use of biometric markers, assessing associations with health outcomes, a focused experience on asthma and chronic disease management, and ability to work with communities, diverse populations and collaboration with investigators.


Research Interest

His present research is community-based and includes research on asthma management in a school environment, and assessing how communities perceive and react to air quality issues.


Professional Activities:

1987 – 1993 Assistant Professor Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene School of Health  Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
1993 – 1999 Assistant Professor Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Community Health School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
1999 – 2007 Associate Professor Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Community Health School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
2007 – 2008 Professor Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Community Health School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
1993 – 2008 Director Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Community Health School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
2001 – 2008 Associate Professor Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
2008 – Present Adjunct Professor Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Community Health School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
2008 – Present Professor and Chair Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX.
2011 - 2013 Professor and Interim Chair Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX.
2013 – Present Director PhD Program in Public Health Science School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX



  1. Dynamic display of radiotherapy plans using computer produced films. Radiology, 107(3):689-691 (1973). T. Sterling, K. Knowlton, J. Weinkam and DA Sterling.
  2. The effects of air control systems on the indoor distribution of viable particles. Environment International, 8:409-414 (1982). DA Sterling, C. Clark and S. Bjornson.
  3. Health effects of chlorophenol wood preservatives on sawmill workers. International Journal of Health Services, 12(4):559-571 (1982). T. Sterling, L. Stoffman, DA Sterling, and G. Mate.
  4. Investigation of Volatile Organic Air Contaminants in the Indoor Manufactured Housing Environment. Jan 1, 1986 (Dissertation). DA Sterling.
  5. Perception of daily cigarette consumption in the office environment. Bulletin of the Psychonomics Society, 26(2):120-123 (1988). DA Sterling, D. Moschandreas and R. Gibbons.
  6. Indoor air quality and health in two office buildings with different ventilation systems. Environmental International, 15:115-128 (1989). A. Hedge, T. Sterling, E. Sterling, DA Sterling, V. Nie.
  7. Dichloroacetonitrile, a by-product of water chlorination, induces aneuploidy in drosophila. Mutation Research, 261(2):85-91 (1991). C. Osgood, DA Sterling.
  8. Chrysotile and amosite asbestos induce germ-line aneuploidy in drosophila. Mutation Research, 261(1):9-13 (1991). C. Osgood, DA Sterling.
  9. Scotchguard effects on pesticide removal from farmers work clothing during laundering. Journal of Occupational Hygiene, 1(3):167-175 (1994). S. Prior, G. Frazer,DA Sterling.
  10. An alternative explanation for the apparent elevated relative mortality and morbidity risks associated with exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 49(7):803-808 (1996). T. Sterling, A. Glicksman, H. Perry, DA Sterling, W. Rosenbaum, J. Weinkam.
  11. Behaviors and blood lead levels of children in a lead-mining area and a comparison community. Journal of Environmental Health,  60(6):14-20 (1998). AM Murgueytio, RG Evans, DA Sterling, F Serrano, D Roberts.
  12. Pollen and fungal spores indoor and outdoor of mobile homes. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 80:279-285 (1998). DA Sterling, RD Lewis.
  13. The relationship between lead mining and blood lead levels in children. Archives of Environmental Health, 53(6):414-423 (1998). AM Murgueytio, RG Evans, DA Sterling, SA Clardy, B. Shadel, BW Clements.
  14. Source contribution of lead in housedust from a lead mining waste superfund site. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, 8(3):359-373 (1998). DA Sterling, DL Johnson, AM Murgueytio, RG Evans.
  15. Evidence of large particle allergen inhalation from direct contact with surfaces. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, . 83 (1): 41-48 (1999). RD Lewis, DA Sterling, B King, L Hendershott, H Goodgold, P Hutcheson.
  16. Evaluation of four sampling methods for determining exposure of children to lead contaminated household dust. Environmental Research, 80(2):130-141 (1999). DA Sterling, KC Roegner, RD Lewis, DA Luke, LC Wilder, SM Burchette.
  17. An artificial soiling system for evaluation of house dust, allergens, and lead retention on carpets and other surfaces. Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 14(12):845-851 (1999). RD Lewis, PN Breysse, DA Sterling, B King.
  18. Diffuse pleural thickening and effusion predict mesothelioma in asbestos-exposed individuals. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 159(3):A212 (1999) Suppl. S. JD Espiritu, GM Matuschak, DA Sterling, N Hobart, T Hyers, JM Ohar.
  19. Blood lead levels in children attending day care centers compared to children staying at home. Epidemiology Supplement 10:S87 (1999). Evans RG, Murguetytio AM, Serrano F, DA Sterling, Shadel BN.
  20. Lead abatement training for underserved populations: Lessons learned. Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 15(2):217-227 (2000). DA Sterling, RD Lewis, F Serrano, K Dugbatey, RG Evans, LS Sterling.
  21. A Portable X-Ray Flourescence Instrument For Analyzing Dust-Wipe Samples For Lead: Evaluation With Field Samples. Environmental Research, 83(2):174-179 (2000). DA Sterling, RD Lewis, DA Luke, BN Shadel.
  22. Association studies of serum PSA levels and the genetic polymorphisms at the androgen receptor and prostate-specific antigen genes.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 11(7):664-669 (2002). J Xu, DA Meyers, DA Sterling, SL Zheng, WJ Catalona, SD Cramer, ER Bleecker, J Ohar.
  23. Germline mutations and sequence variants of the macrophage scavenger receptor 1 gene are associated with prostate cancer risk. Nature Genetics, 32(2):321-325 (2002). J Xu, L Aheng, J Mychaleckyj, SD Isaacs, DA Faith, JJ HU, DA Sterling, EM Lange, GA Hawkins, A Turner, et al.
  24. Association between genetic polymorphism in the prostate-specific antigen gene promoter and serum prostate-specific antigen levels. Journal of the National Cancer Institute , 95(14):1044-1053 (2003). SD Cramer, BL Chang, A Rao, G Hawkins, SL Zheng, WN Wade, R Cooke, LN Thomas, ER Bleeker, WJ Catalona, DA Sterling, DA Meyers, J Ohar, J Xu.
  25. Changing patterns in asbestos-induced lung disease. Chest, 125(2):744-753, (2004). J Ohar, DA Sterling. E Bleeker, J Donohue.
  26. Effectiveness of Cleaning and Health Education in Reducing Childhood Lead Poisoning. Arch Env Health, 59(3):121-131 (2004). DA Sterling, RG Evans, BN Shadel, F Serrano, B Arndt, J Chen, L. Harris.
  27. Bioterrorism and emerging infections: Occupational physician awareness, perception and information needs. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental health, 208(1-2):127-134 (2005). DA Sterling, B Clements, T Rebman , BN Shadel, R Thomas, RG Evans.
  28. Removal of Lead Contaminated Dusts from Hard Surfaces. Environ. Sci. Technol., RD Lewis, S Condor, KH Ong, D Backer, DA Sterling, J Siria, JJ Chen, P Ashley. (ASAP Article 10.1021/es050803s S0013-936X(05)00803-5, December 2005. Web Release Date: December 7, 2005), 40(2):590-594, 2006.
  29. Asthma Status and Severity Affects Missed School Days. Journal of School Health, 76(1):18-24, 2006.SA Moonie, DA Sterling, L Figgs, M Castro.
  30. Asthma 411 – Addition of a Consulting Physician to Enhance School Health. Journal of School Health, 76(6):333-335, 2006. C Richmond, DA Sterling, X Huang, K Wilson, E Pike.
  31. Positional accuracy and geographic bias of three methods of geocoding in epidemiologic research. Annals of Epidemiology, 17:464–470, 2007. M Schootman, DA Sterling, J Struthers, Y Yan, T Laboube, B Emo, G Higgs.
  32. Identification of a mesothelioma phenotype. Respiratory Medicine, 101(3): 503-509 (2007). JA Ohar, EJ Ampleford, SE Howard, E Suzanne, DA Sterling. [Corrigendum 12/2008;102(12):1844. DOI:10.1016/j.rmed.2008.10.020.]
  33. IL13 promoter polymorphism 1112C/T modulates the adverse effect of tobacco smoking on lung function.Am J RespirCrit Care Med., 176(8):748-752 (2007).A Sadeghnejad, DA Meyers, M Bottai, DA Sterling, ER Bleecker, JA Ohar.
  34. The Relationship Between School Absence, Academic Performance and Asthma Status. Journal of School Health, 78(3):140-148, 2008. SA Moonie, DA Sterling, L Figgs, M Castro. Selected by Members of the Physician Section of the American School Health Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on School Health as one of the top 13 research and review papers for 2008.
  35. Influence of Season and Temperature on the Relationship of Elemental Carbon Air Pollution to Pediatric Asthma Emergency Room Visits. Journal of Asthma, 45(10): 936-943 (2008). L Mohr-Buettner, L Suhong, EL Mathias, R Tobing, SM Homan, DA Sterling.
  36. Examining the Consulting Physician Model to Enhance the School Nurse Role for Children with Asthma. Journal of School Health, 79(1): 1-7 (2009). KD Wilson, SA Moonie, DA Sterling, KN Gillespie, RS Kurz.
  37. Validity and Reliability of an Occupational Exposure Questionnaire for Welding. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 6(6):324-331 (2009). AJ Hobson, DA Sterling, BA Evanoff, CS Sterling, L Good, N Seizas, H Checkaway, BA Racette.
  38. ADAM33 Polymorphisms Are Associated with COPD and Lung Function in Long-Term Tobacco Smokers. Respiratory Research,10(1):21 (2009).A Sadeghnejad, JA Ohar, SL Zheng, GA Hawkins, DA Sterling, DA Meyers, ER Bleecker.
  39. Quality of Life Estimation with Structural Equation Modeling in School Aged Children with Asthma. Global Health Governance Journal, 3(1):1-16 (2009) SA Moonie, X Huang, DA Sterling.
  40. COPD is Associated with a Macrophage Scavenger Receptor (MSR1) Gene Sequence Variation.JA Ohar, RF Hamilton, SL Zheng, A Sadeghnejad, DA Sterling, J Xu, DA Meyers, ER Bleecker, A Holian.Chest, 137(5):1098-107, 2010 May.
  41. Estimation of particulate mass and manganese levels among welders. Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 55(1):113-125, 2011. A Hobson, N Seixas, D Sterling, BA Racette.
  42. Development and evaluation of an integrated asthma awareness curriculum for the elementary school classroom. Journal of Urban Health, 88Suppl 1:61-S67, 2011 Feb. EV Pike, CM Richmond, A Hobson, J Kleiss, J Wottowa, DA Sterling.
  43. Breathe your best for school success:  Evaluation of an initiative to enhance asthma management in the school setting. Journal of Urban Health, 88Suppl 1:68-72, 2011 Feb. CM Richmond, A Hobson,, EV Pike, T Prosser, T Berry, , J Kleiss,DA Sterling.
  44. Aerosol Optical Depth As a Measure of Particulate Expousre Using Imputed Censored Data,  and Relationship with Childhood Asthma Hospital Admissionsfor 2004 in Athens, Greece. Higgs G, Sterling DA, Aryal S, Vemulapalli A, Priftis KN, Safakis, NI. Environmental Health Insights 2015:Suppl. 1 27-33.doi: 10.4137/EHI.S15665.PMID: 25987842.
  45. Ambient Air Quality: Introductory Editorial for Special Issue Journal. Olaguer E, Sterling DA, Ward J. Environmental Health Insights 2015:9(S1) 53–54 doi: 10.4137/EHI.S32524.PMID: 26339190.


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