Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral Scholars

ASPIRE Children’s Environmental Health Center

ASPIRE Postdoctoral Scholars work to forward the goal of children’s environmental health research translation

Postdocs are appointed to a full-time program of advanced academic preparation, research training, and professional development under the guidance of interdisciplinary mentorship to further their career development and increase the scientific community’s research translation capacity in children’s environmental health.

Sydelle Harrison, MPH

Sydelle Harrison, PhD, MPH

Provost’s Early Career Postdoctoral Scholar in Dissemination & Implementation Science for Children’s Environmental Health

Sydelle Harrison, PhD, MPH is a Tribal public health researcher with a background in community engagement, environmental health, Tribal consultation, and cultural resource compliance reporting. As a federally recognized Tribal member and lifelong citizen of a Tribal reservation in Oregon, she developed a keen interest in the holistic health of Tribal communities. She has focused her training on championing health equity, research translation, and indigenous data sovereignty through academic partnerships with Tribal communities. She aims to bridge evidence-based research findings and community engagement at the intersection of western public health science and modernized Tribal health practice. As an ASPIRE Postdoctoral Scholar, she looks forward to working within the Translation Core to accelerate the impact of environmental health research to improve community response and outcomes for the most vulnerable populations, children.

Stephanie Foster

Stephanie Foster, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Health Sciences

Stephanie Foster, PhD is a public health scientist focused primarily on children’s environmental health issues. She is interested in research that explores how exposures from the built environment can impact children’s health and well-being over time, such as flame retardants in house dust, lead in water, and air pollution. She was drawn to work with the ASPIRE Center because of the opportunity to dive deep into children’s environmental health research with a great team and to gain new skills in data science development and research translation. As a postdoc, she is excited to contribute to research that can be directly used to make children’s lives better and safer. Besides learning about environmental health, Stephanie enjoys running, singing, good food and wine, and spending time with her husband and two sons.