Occupational Medicine Lecturer
BS Human Nutrition and Foods, University of Vermont (1985)
MSc Environmental Toxicology, University of Washington (1991)
European Programme in Epidemiology, Florence, Italy (1998)
PhD Occupational Epidemiology, University of Otago (2001)
Research expertise and interest
Dr. Gallagher is a quantitative scientist with expertise in occupational epidemiology, risk assessment, environmental toxicology and national biosurveillance systems. After intensive training in laboratory science and biostatistics, Lou developed an interest in risk assessment that led her to develop the first national surveillance system for blood safety in the United States with the US Food and Drug Administration (2011).
Her work in occupational and environmental epidemiology has culminated in numerous publications on risk assessment, suicide, anxiety and depression associated with work exposures, dioxin exposure, the safety of genetically modified food, New Zealand farmers and access to health services for rural people.
Lou has been teaching risk assessment and epidemiology for scientists and clinicians in the USA, Ukraine and New Zealand since 1985.