Shanda Hunt, JD

Assistant Director
(510) 642-9420
Shanda Hunt is the Assistant Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health. She oversees all administrative, financial and operational aspects of the Center. Prior to joining CERCH in February of 2014, Shanda worked in law firms, local government, higher education, and the financial industry. She graduated with a juris doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, in 2004 and with a bachelor of arts from UC Berkeley with a major in Anthropology focused on Genetics, and a minor in Native American Studies. Shanda lives in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter.

Katie Kogut

Katie Kogut, MPH MSc

CHAMACOS Study Coordinator
(510) 642-8917
Ms. Kogut is the Study Coordinator of the CHAMACOS Study. She oversees all aspects of data collection for CHAMACOS including development of questionnaires and developmental asssessments, training of staff, and quality assurance activities. She is particularly interested in factors affecting children’s neurodevelopment and behavior. Ms. Kogut holds a Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Psychology from University College in London.

Abu Taher Sikder

Senior IT Analyst
(510) 642- 9083
Responsible for assisting with IT issues and administrative tasks.



Doctoral Students


Jennifer Ames

Jennifer Ames

PhD Student
(510) 643-4717
Jenn is a doctoral student in the epidemiology program at UC Berkeley. Her research interests are broadly in environmental epidemiology with a particular focus on prenatal and early life exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Fraser Gaspar

Fraser Gaspar, MPH

Doctoral Candidate
(510) 643-4717
Mr. Gaspar is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental Health Sciences program. Mr. Gaspar’s dissertation combines biomonitoring data with indoor air models to characterize insecticide exposure. He is also investigating the relationship between prenatal DDT exposure and children’s cognitive development. In his spare time, Mr. Gaspar works on a research project studying indoor air quality in child care facilities.



Field Office Staff



Kimberly Parra

Field Office Coordinator
(831) 759-6548
Ms. Parra works for the CHAMACOS study and conducts the 9 Year, 9 Year Interim, and 10.5 Year visits. This include taking child’s measurements, administering neurological assessments, Tanner Staging, collecting urine and hair samples, and collecting blood samples via venipuncture.

Norma Calderon

Norma Calderón

(831) 759-6548
Ms. Calderon is a psychometrician for the CHAMACOS study and conducts the 9 year and 10.5 year interviews. The interview visits include getting the consent signed, taking measurement of mother participants, helping in collecting urine and hair samples and aliquoting samples and administer the 9 year and 10.5 year questionnaire and other duties required to complete the investigation.

Jose Camacho

Jose Camacho

Community Outreach
(831) 759-6548
Mr. Camacho is a long-time resident of the Salinas Valley and has worked with the CHAMACOS study for 11 years. He is an expert trainer and has presented hundreds of talks and workshops about environmental health and children. His presentations have focused on results of the CHAMACOS study, pesticide exposure prevention, environmental health in child care, and healthy homes.  Mr. Camacho has also contributed to many CHAMACOS studies, helping to organize and collect environmental samples from homes, fields, and child care facilities, and has inspected thousands of Salinas Valley homes.

Hedy Hernandez

Hedy Hernandez

Study Interviewer
(831) 759-6548
Ms. Hernandez conducts the 9 year and 10.5 year interviews for the CHAMACOS study. The interview visits include getting the consent signed, taking measurement of mother participants, helping in collecting urine and hair samples and aliquoting samples and administer the 9 year and 10.5 year questionnaire and other duties required to complete the investigation.





Lisa Goldman-Rosas

Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD MPH

(650) 575-9519
Dr. Goldman Rosas provides consultation for the Community Outreach and Translation Core particularly in the area of youth involvement and health policy. Dr. Goldman Rosas’s research interests focus on the determinants of childhood obesity in Latino children.


Sanie Hernandez-Weldon, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
(510) 642-6428
Dr. Weldon is a Post-Doctoral Scholar in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She coordinates the Age and Genetic Effects in Sperm Study (AGES), a study of the associations of nutrients in semen and semen quality and genetic endpoints measured in the sperm of healthy men, as well as the China Benzene and Sperm Study (C-BASS), a study of the genetic effects of benzene in the sperm and blood of Chinese men. Dr. Weldon’s research focuses on exposure assessment of mothers and children with particular emphasis on measuring pesticides and other environmental chemicals in breast milk.

Ana Maria

Ana Maria Mora, MD MPH, PhD

Associate Professor, Costa Rica
(510) 295-9575
Dr. Mora earned her PhD in the Epidemiology program focusing on prenatal pesticide exposure and health effects in children living near banana plantations in Costa Rica.


Lesliam Quirós Alcalá, PhD MS

Associate Professor
(510) 642-9420
Dr. Quirós Alcalá received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley. She has a background in bioengineering and industrial hygiene and safety engineering. Dr. Quirós Alcalá’s main research areas include environmental exposure disparities in vulnerable populations including mothers, children, and occupationally-exposed and low-income populations.



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