Dr. Natasha DeJarnett

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett is the interim associate director of Program and Partnership Development at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), where she leads research as well as climate and health activities. She is a graduate of University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky where she completed her PhD and Masters of Public Health, both concentrating in environmental health sciences.

In her postdoctoral studies, Dr. DeJarnett was awarded a fellowship by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate cardiovascular risks of air pollution exposures. In 2015, she became the recipient of the prestigious Impact Award from the Society of Toxicology’s Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section for her 2014 paper “Acrolein Exposure is Associated with Increased Cardiovascular Disease Risk.”

Dr. DeJarnett was named 2017 Alumna of the Year for the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and concurrently awarded designation in the class of 2017 Alumni Fellows.

Prior to NEHA, she was a policy analyst at the American Public Health Association, where she led the Natural Environment portfolio, including air and water exposures along with climate change.

Dr. DeJarnett is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. She is a member of the Governing Board of Citizens’ Climate Education and the Board of Directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility. In addition, she serves on the Steering Committees of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition and the Emerging Leaders Initiative of the Environmental Law Institute, and she is a member of the Climate and Health Advisory Panel of the National Recreation and Parks Association.