Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Ph.D.

Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box EHSC
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-4304

Research Bio

Community Outreach and Education
The COEC maintains two-way links between environmental health research and the information needs of the community. My primary focus is addressing environmental health information and policy needs of the communities in and around Rochester. I participate in many local partnerships relating to environmental health including the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, the Rochester Healthy Homes Partnership, the Water Education Collaborative and the Center for Environmental Information.

Childhood lead poisoning remains one of the most significant childhood environmental health risk in the Rochester area. I have been an active member of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning since 2001, serving on its Governmental Relations Subcommittee and Executive Committee. I focus on translating environmental health information into relevant policy at the local, state, and federal levels.

Building on community partnerships established through the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, I have worked with several community groups to develop education and outreach programs related to healthy homes.

We have also initiated outreach programs related to other EHSC research programs and in response to community needs, including risks from consuming Lake Ontario fish, concerns about air quality, the environmental contributors to obesity, and groundwater contamination.

As a policy scientist, most of my research has addressed on the role of science in the policy process. I focus on the role of community groups in the policy process, and particularly on how these groups generate, access, and use information.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Advocate's Spirit Award | Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2012
Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvemetn Award | University of Rochester 2010
Metrojustice Activist of the Year award 2006

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 38 available »

2015 Feb
Wilson J, Dixon SL, Jacobs DE, Akoto J, Korfmacher KS, Breysse J. "An investigation into porch dust lead levels." Environmental research. 2015 Feb; 137:129-35. Epub 2014 Dec 19.
2014 Dec 25
Korfmacher KS, Aviles K, Cummings BJ, Daniell W, Erdmann J, Garrison V. "Health impact assessment of urban waterway decisions." International journal of environmental research and public health. 2014 Dec 25; 12(1):300-21. Epub 2014 Dec 25.
Korfmacher, K.S.; Garrison, V. "Partnering to reduce environmental hazards through a community-based ''Healthy Home Museum'': Education for action". Environmental Justice. 2014; 7(6): 158-165. Link
Korfmacher KS, Elam S, Gray KM, Haynes E, Hughes MH. "Unconventional natural gas development and public health: toward a community-informed research agenda." Reviews on environmental health. 2014 29(4):293-306.
Korfmacher, K.S.; Hanley, M.L.;. "Are local laws the key to ending childhood lead poisoning?". Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2013; 38(4): 757-814. Link

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD)
Associate Professor - Center for Community Health


PhD | Environment | Duke University1996
MS | Environment | Duke University1993
BA | Environmental Health Sci | Brown University1989