NIOSH Extramural Research and Training

Safety and Occupational Health Study Section

Key points

The role of the Safety and Occupational Health Study Section is to review grant applications for scientific and technical quality. Members serve four-year terms and have expertise in both occupational safety and health and research methodology.

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The Safety and Occupational Health Study Section (SOHSS) is a federal advisory committee. Members conduct reviews of research grant and conference grant applications, focusing on scientific and technical quality. SOHHS meets three times per year to discuss and score applications. Members serve four-year terms.



The chair position is currently vacant, pending appointment by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Masoud Agah, PhD
  • Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Professor, The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Blacksburg, VA
  • Term: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2024
Kurt Beschorner, BS, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Term: 07/01/2022 – 06/30/2026
Julie Hart, PhD
  • Department Head, Department of Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene, Montana Tech University
  • Butte, MT
  • Term: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2024
David Hostler, PhD
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, SUNY University At Buffalo
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Term: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2024
Emily (Yueng-hsiang) Huang, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Health and State University
  • Portland, OR
  • Term: 07/01/2022 – 06/30/2026
Linda Nie, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences, Purdue University
  • West Lafayette, IN
  • Term: 07/01/2022 – 06/30/2026
Gary Rankin, PhD
  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Marshall University
  • Huntington, WV
  • Term: 07/01/2022 – 06/30/2026
Kimberly Rauscher, SCD, MA
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University
  • Boise, ID
  • Term: 07/01/2022 – 06/30/2026
Julie Sorensen, PhD
  • Director, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Cooperstown, NY
  • Term: 07/01/2022 – 06/30/2026
June Spector, MD, MPH
  • Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
  • Seattle, WA
  • Term: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2024
Dale Stephenson, PhD, CIH, PhD
  • Dean, College of Health and Human Services, Northern Kentucky University
  • Highland Heights, KY
  • Term: 07/01/2022 – 06/30/2026

Eight seats are currently vacant, pending appointments by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Scientific Review Administrator

Michael Goldcamp, PhD
  • Office of Extramural Programs, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Morgantown, WV