Marti Lindsey, PhD

Associate (Outreach Specialist), Center for Toxicology

Lindsey was appointed Director of the Outreach and Education Core in 2002. She has collaborated with basic and clinical scientists, integrating public health outreach and translational opportunities with environmental health sciences research. She also serves as a Co-Director of the KEYS High School Student Research Internship project. For over twenty years, Lindsey has built bridges between groups and cultures, especially between American Indian cultures and the scientific community. She draws upon experiences as a geriatric social worker, health care consultant, public school librarian, a community college instructor living and working in American Indian communities in order to share information resulting from the research of toxicologists and environmental health scientists with the public and the K-12 education community and to facilitate partnerships among these groups. 

Lindsey's research focuses on environmental health literacy. Research underway, with funding from the Tucson Water utility, is to develop a risk communication model for addressing community concern with emerging contaminants in drinking water that builds on work funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), to define "environmental health literacy" and describe knowledge and skills of environmentally literate people. Additional environmental justice programming is funded by the Haury Foundation to host Tribal Forums for Health and the Environment, where American Indian students and collaborators will present, and to publish the Indigenous Stewards magazine. 

Lindsey is well suited to direct the Community Engagement Core because of her strong tied to tribal nations in Arizona and to the educational community in underserved communities. In addition, Lindsey has mentored 333 high school students through research internships. She has a long history of working with toxicology and environmental health researchers and has the capacity to provide environmental health education to people of all ages in such a way that they are attracted to the content and motivated to do well. 


  • 1991 Geriatric Resource Social Worker - National Association of Social Workers
  • 1993 Recognized Activities Consultant - National Association of Activities Professionals
  • 2002 Alumni Scholarship - School of Information Resources and Library Science
  • 2002-2003 Supervisor of Interns - Gates Native American Access to Technology Project 
  • 2010 Dissertation Research Grant 
  • 2013 Public Communications Award, Society for Toxicology


Education & Post Graduate Training: 

BSW, Social Work, James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), 1973
MA, Education, Prescott College, 2000
MLS, Information Resources and Library Science and American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2002
PhD, Information Science and Environmental Health, University of Arizona, 2010