Spotlight: Dr. Sarah Evans, PhD, MPH  Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health  

Oct 2, 2023 | Conduits News, Edition 2

Dr. Sarah Evan, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health  

Can you provide a brief overview of your background? 

I took somewhat of an indirect route to a career in public health after getting my doctoral degree in neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College with a focus on cell and molecular research. While I was finishing my graduate work, I became interested in better understanding how environmental factors impact brain development, and that’s when I learned about a T32 training program in Environmental Pediatrics at Mount Sinai. That program allowed me to get an MPH and obtain training in epidemiology, toxicology, and community engagement, and I’ve been lucky to be given the opportunity to stay on as faculty. 

What has inspired you to take on your current role here at Mount Sinai?  

During my fellowship I grew to love working with a team of people from diverse backgrounds – including bench science, epidemiology, pediatrics, industrial hygiene, community organizing, and health literacy – all committed to doing work that directly impacts the health of the communities that we serve. The more that I learned about the myriad of ways that the environment impacts health, particularly for vulnerable populations like children and low-income and communities of color, the more passionate I became about translating the science to inform safer practices and policies. 

Is there any specific message that you’d like to share with our readers? 

As scientists and providers in East Harlem, a designated environmental justice community, It’s important to center the needs of the community in our research and practice.  


ConduITS is supported by NCATS of the NIH’s CTSA Program. Any use of CTSA-supported resources requires citation of grant number UL1TR004419 awarded to ISMMS in the acknowledgment section of every publication resulting from this support. Adherence to the NIH Public Access Policy is also required. 


Recent ConduITS News

Community and Collaboration Core Media

Video: Francheska Merced-Nieves, PhD, discusses prenatal exposures to metal mixtures and child health  Dr. Francheska Merced-Nieves delves into the intricate relationship between prenatal exposures to metal mixtures and their impact on child health, shedding light on...

read more

Community and Collaboration Events

Community Grand Rounds  Special event: “Centering Community: Reflections on Dr. Barbara Brenner’s Legacy” bringing together community partners for our 1st in person gathering since the pandemic. On February 8th, 2023 faculty and staff from across the Mount Sinai...

read more

CTSA Supported Events

Clinical Trials Day This event took place on May 19, 2023 and was hosted by MCTO, ORS, and TCI.  Photo 1: Asher Leviton (Right, MCTO) and Samuel Pugo (Left, ORS) leading a game of Clinical Trials Jeopardy Photo 2: (Left) ORS Staff: Parina Shah, Michelle Mendiolaza,...

read more

Trainee Corner

Mount Sinai CTSA Featured Trainees

Megan Januska

Megan Januska

Megan Januska, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology in the Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics and in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Kravis...

read more
Sangeetha Vadakke-Madathil

Sangeetha Vadakke-Madathil

Sangeetha Vadakke-Madathil, PhD, is currently a junior faculty (Instructor of Medicine) at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in human hematopoietic stem cells and transplant biology from National Centre for Cell...

read more