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Sarah Henderson—PhD

Environmental Health Scientist

Sarah is an environmental engineer turned environmental epidemiologist. Her skill set is primarily quantitative and she works on data analysis for multiple projects at the NCCEH and the Environmental Health Services Division, BC Centre for Disease Control. Sarah also maintains strong ties to academic research through her adjunct affiliation with the UBC School of Environmental Health. Most of her research activity is focused on the potential for remote sensing data to improve air pollution exposure assessment in population-based epidemiology. Sarah's doctoral thesis (UBC) was on the relationship between forest fire smoke and public health in BC and her post-doctoral work (Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, Tasmania) was on the global burden of mortality due to vegetation fire smoke. Sarah enjoys maps, remote sensing, working with large data sets, and coding in R, SAS, and/or Python.

Recent Publications:

  1. Elliott CT, Henderson SB, Wan V. Time series analysis of fine particulate matter and asthma reliever dispensations in populations affected by forest fires. Environ Health. 2013;12:11.
  2. Henderson SB, Johnston FH. Measures of forest fire smoke exposure and their associations with respiratory health outcomes. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012.
  3. Henderson SB, Kosatsky T. A data-driven approach to setting trigger temperatures for heat health emergencies. Can J Public Health. 2012;103(3):227-30.
  4. Henderson SB, Kosatsky T, Barn P. How to ensure that national radon survey results are useful for public health practice. Can J Public Health. 2012;103(3):231-4.
  5. Henderson SB, Rauch SA, Hystad P, Kosatsky T. Differences in lung cancer mortality trends from 1986-2012 by radon risk areas in British Columbia, Canada. Health Phys. 2014;106(5):608-13.
  6. Henderson SB, Wan V, Kosatsky T. Differences in heat-related mortality across four ecological regions with diverse urban, rural, and remote populations in British Columbia, Canada. Health Place. 2013;23:48-53.
  7. McLean K, Henderson SB, Kent D, Kosatsky T. Calls to the British Columbia Drug and Poison Information Centre: a spatial summary. Can J Public Health. 2013.
  8. Rauch SA, Henderson SB. A comparison of two methods for ecologic classification of radon exposure in British Columbia: residential observations and the radon potential map of Canada. Can J Public Health. 2013;104(3).
  9. Wang R, Henderson SB, Sbihi H, Allen RW, Brauer M. Temporal stability of land use regression models for traffic-related air pollution. Atmos Environ. 2013;64(0):312-9.
  10. Yao J, Henderson SB. An empirical model to estimate daily forest fire smoke exposure over a large geographic area using air quality, meteorological, and remote sensing data. J Expos Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2013.
  11. Yao C, Brauer M, Henderson SB. Evaluation of a wildfire smoke forecasting system as a tool for public health protection. Environ Health Perspect. 2013.