Faculty Profile for Dr. Paula Stigler

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Dr. Paula Stigler
Assistant Professor — School of Health Administration
ENC 274
phone: (512) 245-6529

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Paula Stigler-Granados has been involved in environmental health and justice work for many years, she has shown a deep commitment to ensuring community –led advocacy and engagement is at the core of her research. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University in the School of Health Administration and holds adjunct positions at San Diego State University in the graduate School of Public Health and at UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio. She received her PhD in Global Health from a joint doctoral program at San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego and her MSPH in Environmental Health Sciences from San Diego State. She also received her BA in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on environmental resource management. Some of her interests include environmental exposure risks for vulnerable populations, socio-economic determinants of health, geo-spatial analysis of environmental hazards and public health, climate change impacts on health and community based participatory research. She has worked throughout Latin America with indigenous and rural populations on projects addressing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Most recently leading a rainwater capture and health assessment project in El Salvador with Engineers Without Borders. She has also spent over a decade researching climate change scenarios for at-risk populations and impacts on public health. Currently, she is the lead on a Center for Disease Control and Prevention funded project to raise awareness among healthcare providers in the U.S. about a vector borne disease called Chagas and is also the lead for the Texas Chagas Taskforce. This is a neglected parasitic infection that has significant impacts on low-income communities, especially along the U.S. Mexico border.

Teaching Interests

Public Health, International Health Systems, Global Health

Research Interests

Vulnerable Populations
Chagas Disease
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Tobacco Waste and the Environment

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Stigler, P. E., Fulton, L. V., patton, E. N., Teryzk, M., & Nowotny, T. (2019). Global Health Perspectives on Cigarette Butts and the Environment. Preprints. https://doi.org/0.20944/preprints201905.0064.v1
  • Fulton, L. V., Dong, Z., Zhan, F. B., Kruse, C. S., & Stigler, P. E. (2019). Geospatial-Temporal and Demand Models for Opioid Admissions, Implications for Policy. Preprints, 2019. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints201905.0165.v1
  • Stigler, P. E., Hildenbrand, Z., Mata, C., Habib, S., Martin, M., Carlton, D., … Fulton, L. V. (2019). Attitudes, Perceptions and Geo-Spatial Analysis of Water Quality and Individual Health Status in a High-Fracking Region. Preprints.
  • Forsyth, C. J., Stigler, P. E., Pacheco, G. J., Betancourt, J. A., & Meymandi, S. K. (2019). Current Gaps and Needs for Increasing Access to Healthcare for People with Chagas Disease in the United States. Current Tropical Medicine Reports. https://doi.org/DOI: 10:1007/s40475-019-0170-1
  • Martin, M. S., Santos, I. C., Carlton, Jr, D. D., Stigler, P. E., Hildenbrand, Z. L., & Schug, K. A. (2018). Characterization of bacterial diversity in contaminated groundwater using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The Science of the Total Environment, 622623, 1562–1571. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.027

Selected Grants

  • Stigler, Paula Elaine (Principal), Rohde, Rodney E (Other). Building an ECHO model to increase awareness and prevention of Chagas Disease in South Texas, UTHealth San Antonio ReACH and IIMS, Institutional (Higher Ed), $14495. (Submitted: January 14, 2019, Funded: March 15, 2019 - Present). Grant.
  • Stigler Granados, Paula E (Principal). Raising Awareness about Chagas Disease in Texas, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal, $544329. (Funded: August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2020). Grant.
  • Betancourt, Jose Alberto (Co-Principal), Stigler, Paula Elaine (Co-Principal). Chagas Disease Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors Among Texas State University Students, Staff and Faculty, Texas State University Research Enhancement Committee and Faculty Senate, Texas State University, $15966.00. (Funded: February 1, 2019 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
December 2018-Present
Texas Chagas Taskforce
September 2016-Present
Research Associate/Communications Director
Cigarette Butt Pollution Project
June 1, 2011-Present
Project Lead
Engineers Without Borders
January 2, 2005-Present
Reviewer / Referee
American Public Health Association
January 2, 2019-April 6, 2019