Laura Senier

Assistant Professor
  • Department of Health Sciences

Office: 533 Holmes
Phone: 617-373-7482


Education/degrees:  BA, 1990, Colby College; MPH, 2000, Boston University School of Public Health; PhD, 2009, Brown University


Specializations:  sociology of medicine and public health; community environmental health; environmental justice

Research Focus:  political, economic, and social barriers in research translation

Public Service: 

Courses:  Sociology of Health & Illness


Selected Research Grants

§   “Barriers in Translating Genomic Research into State Public Health Programs.”  National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH-NHGRI), Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01).  July 2012-June 2017.  Principal Investigator. 

§  “Barriers and Benefits in the Delivery of Public Health Genetics Programming in Wisconsin.”  U.S. Department of Agriculture Hatch Startup Grant.  Principal Investigator.  September 1, 2010-September 30, 2012.

§   “Public Health Literacy: From Concept to Measure.”
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation / University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Fall Research Competition. Co-Investigator (with Brian D. Christens
and Paula Tran Inzeo)

§   “Coalition Building for Community Health in Milwaukee.” UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Type 2 Translational Research Pilot Grant.  Principal Investigator.  August 2012-July 2013. 


Selected Publications

§  Pennell, Kelly G., Marcella Thompson, James W. Rice, Laura Senier, Phil Brown, and Eric Suuberg.  In press.  Bridging research and environmental regulatory processes: the role of the knowledge broker. Environmental Science & Technology

§  Vatovec, Christine*, Laura Senier, and Michael Bell.  In press.  The ecology of dying: commodity chains, governance, and the medicalization of end-of-life care. in Advances in Medical Sociology: Ecological Health: Society, Ecology and Health.  Gislason, Maya K. (editor).  Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. 

§  Vatovec, Christine*, Laura Senier, and Michael Bell.  2013.  An ecological perspective on medical care: environmental, occupational, and public health impacts of medical supply and pharmaceutical chains.  EcoHealth.

§  Amoroso, Paul J., Nicole S. Bell, Susan P. Baker, and Laura Senier.  (2012).  Injury control. pp. 339-383 in: Military Quantitative Physiology: Problems and Concepts in Military Operational Medicine. Friedl, Karl E, and William R. Santee, (editors). Fort Detrick, MD: Borden Institute. 

§  Senier, Laura, Rebecca Gasior Altman, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Phil Brown.  2012.  Contested Illnesses Research Group’s nuts and bolts and lessons learned. 
pp. 269-274 in Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science, and Health Social Movements.  Brown, Phil, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Stephen Zavestoski, and the Contested Illnesses Research Group (editors).  Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 

§  Brown, Phil, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Stephen Zavestoski, Laura Senier, Rebecca Altman, Elizabeth Hoover, Sabrina McCormick, Brian Mayer, and Crystal Adams.  2011.  Health social movements: advancing traditional medical sociology concepts. pp. 117-137 in Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness & Healing: A Blueprint for the 21st Century.  Pescosolido, Bernice A., Jack K. Martin, Jane D. McLeod, and Anne Rogers (editors). New York, NY: Springer. 

§  Brown, Phil, Crystal Adams, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Laura Senier.  2010.  Health social movements: history, current work, and future directions.  pp. 380-394 in Handbook of Medical Sociology, Sixth Edition.  Bird, Chloe E., Peter Conrad, Allen M. Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans (editors). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.  

§  Brown, Phil, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Stephen Zavestoski, Laura Senier, Rebecca Gasior Altman, Elizabeth Hoover, Sabrina McCormick, Brian Mayer, and Crystal Adams.  2010.  Field analysis and policy ethnography in the study of health social movements.  pp. 101-116 in Social Movements and the Transformation of American Health Care.  Banaszak-Holl, Jane, Sandra R. Levitsky, and Mayer N. Zald (editors). New York, NY:  Oxford University Press. 

§  Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Julia Green Brody, Rebecca Gasior Altman, Ruthann A. Rudel, Laura Senier, Carla Pérez, and Ruth Simpson.  2010.  IRB challenges in multi-partner Community-Based Participatory Research. Environmental Health 9:39-52. 

§  Scammell, Madeleine, Laura Senier, Jennifer Darrah-Okike, Phil Brown, and Susan Santos.  2009.  Tangible evidence, trust, and power: public perception of community environmental health studies.  Social Science & Medicine; 68(1): 143-53. 

§  Senier, Laura, Benjamin Hudson, Sarah Fort, Elizabeth Hoover, Rebecca Tillson, and Phil Brown.  2008.  Brown Superfund Basic Research Program: a multistakeholder partnership addresses real-world problems in contaminated communities.  Environmental Science & Technology; 42: 4655-4662.

§  Senier, Laura.  2008.  It’s your most precious thing:  worst case thinking, trust, and parental decision making about vaccines.  Sociological Inquiry; 78(2): 207-229. 

§  Senier, Laura,Brian Mayer, Phil Brown, and Rachel Morello-Frosch.  2007.  School custodians and green cleaners: new approaches to labor-environment coalitions.  Organization and Environment; 20(3): 304-324. 

§  Brown, Phil, Sabrina McCormick, Brian Mayer, Steven Zavestoski, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Rebecca Gasior Altman, and Laura Senier.  2006.  “A lab of our own”: Environmental causation of breast cancer and challenges to the dominant epidemiological paradigm.  Science, Technology, and Human Values; 31(5): 499-536. 

§  Bell, Nicole S., Thomas C. Harford, James E. McCarroll, and Laura Senier.  2004.  Drinking and spouse abuse among U.S. Army soldiers.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 28(12): 1890-7. 

§  Bell, Nicole S., Jeffrey O. Williams, Laura Senier, Paul J. Amoroso, and Shelley R. Strowman.  2003.  The reliability and validity of the alcohol consumption items on the Army’s Health Risk Appraisal.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 27(5): 826-834.   

§  Senier, Laura, Nicole S. Bell, Michelle M. Yore, and Paul J. Amoroso.  2002.  Hospitalizations for fall-related injuries among active-duty Army soldiers, 1980-1998.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation 18(2): 161-170. 

§  Bell, Nicole S., Paul J. Amoroso, Michelle M. Yore, Laura Senier, Jeffrey O. Williams, Gordon S. Smith, and Alexis Theriault.  2001.  Alcohol and other risk factors for drowning among male active duty U.S. army soldiers.  Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine 72(12):1086-95.

§  Bell, Nicole S., Paul J. Amoroso, David H. Wegman, and Laura Senier.  2001.  Commentary: Proposed explanations for excess injury among veterans of the Persian Gulf War and a call for greater attention from policy-makers and researchers.  Injury Prevention 7(1):4-9. 

§  Yore, Michelle M., Nicole S. Bell, Laura Senier, and Paul J. Amoroso.  2000.  Progress towards attainment of the Healthy People 2000 objectives in the U.S. Army as measured by cross-sectional and longitudinal Health Risk Appraisal results.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine 19 (2): 87-93. 


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