Hannah H Covert, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health


Public Health Building, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: upbireg@cvgg.rqh
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Personal Statement

I manage an environmental and community health research and capacity building portfolio focused on the Gulf South and the Caribbean region. I provide both scientific and administrative leadership for multiple externally funded projects. While diverse in topic, these projects are grounded in community-academic partnerships promoting meaningful engagement between researchers and community members. And, they all have the ultimate goal of advancing resilience in communities facing environmental health threats and long-standing health disparities. My subject matter expertise is in community-based participatory research, environmental health literacy, climate change adaptation, community health worker programs, and community resilience. I am skilled in evaluation, program management, and qualitative research methodologies.  


1992 | Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT | BA, Spanish

1998 | University of Florida, Gainesville, FL | MA, Latin American Studies

2011 | University of Florida, Gainesville, FL | PhD, Higher Education Administration

Selected Publications

Gokoel, A.R., Shankar, A., Abdoel Wahid, F., Hindori-Mohangoo, A., Covert, H.H., Wickliffe, J.K., Harville, E.W., Zijlmans, C.W.R., & Lichtveld, M.Y. (2021). The cumulative risk of prenatal exposures to chemical and non-chemical stressors on birth outcomes in Suriname. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,18, 7683.


Baldewsingh, G., Hindori-Mohangoo, A., van Eer, E., Covert, H., Shankar, A., Wickliffe, J., Shi, L., Lichtveld, M., & Zijlmans, C.W.R. (2021). Association of mercury exposure and maternal sociodemographics on birth outcomes of Indigenous and Tribal women in Suriname. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(12), 6370. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126370.  


Covert, H., Sherman, M., Le, D., & Lichtveld, M. (2020). Environmental health risk relationships, responsibility, and sources of information among Vietnamese Americans in coastal Mississippi. Health, Risk, and Society, 22(5-6), 362-376.


Zijlmans, W.C.W.R., Wickliffe, J.K., Hindori-Mohangoo, A.D., MacDonald-Ottevanger, M.S., Ouboter, P.E., Landburg, G.A., Codrington, J., Roosblad, J., Baldewsingh, G.K., Ramjatan, R., Gokoel, A., Abdoel Wahid, F.,  Fortes Soares, L., Alcala, C.S., Boedhoe, E., Grünberg, A.W.E., Hawkins, W.B., Shankar, A., Harville, E.W., Drury, S.S., Covert, H.H., & Lichtveld, M.Y. (2020). Cohort profile: The Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH) Cohort Study: Influences of complex environmental exposures on maternal and child health in Suriname. BMJ Open, 10(9), e034702.


Lichtveld, M., Covert, H., El-Dahr, J., Grimsley, L.F., Cohn, R., Hayes Watson, C., Thornton, E., & Kennedy, S. (2020). A community-based participatory research approach to Hurricane Katrina: When disasters, environmental health threats and disparities collide. American Journal of Public Health, 110(10), 1485-1489.


Gokoel, A., Zijlmans, W.C.W.R, Covert, H., Abdoel Wahid, F., Shankar, A., MacDonald Ottevanger, M.S., Hindori-Mohangoo., A., Wickliffe, J., Lichtveld, M., & Harville, E. (2020). Influence of prenatal exposure to mercury, perceived stress, and depression on birth outcomes in Suriname: Results from the MeKiTamara study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(12), 4444.


Covert, H., Ilunga Tshiswaka, D., Ramkissoon, I., Sisskin, E., Lichtveld, M., & Wickliffe J. (2019). Assessing science motivation among high school students participating in a supplemental science program: The Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Academy. International Journal of Science Education, 41(17), 2508-2523.


Lichtveld, M., Covert, H., Sherman, M., Shankar, A., Wickliffe, J., & Alcala, C. (2019). Advancing environmental health literacy: Validated scales of general environmental health and environmental media-specific knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(21), 4157.


Covert, H., Sherman, M., Miner, K., & Lichtveld, M. (2019). Core competencies and a workforce framework for community health workers: A model for advancing the profession. American Journal of Public Health, 109(2), 320-327.


Sherman, M., Covert, H., Brown, L., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., Hansel T., Rehner, T., Buckner, A., & Lichtveld, M. (2019). Enterprise evaluation: A new opportunity for public health policy. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 25(5), 479-489.


Sherman, M., Covert, H., & Lichtveld, M. (2019). Community health workers as organizational actors in community health centers in four Gulf Coast states. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 42(4), 252-261.


Kainer, K., López Binnquist C., Dain, J., Contreras Jaimes, B., Negreros Castillo, P., Gonzalez Basulto, G., Ellis, E., Covert, H., Hernández Gómez, U., & Melchor Contreras, F. (2019). Leading by listening, learning by doing: Modeling democratic approaches to conservation leadership in graduate education. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 9(2), 206-17.


Covert, H., & Koro-Ljungberg, M. (2015). Layers of narratives, images, and analysis. Qualitative Research Journal, 15(3), 306-318.


Covert, H. (2014). Stories of personal agency: Undergraduate students’ perceptions of developing intercultural competence during a semester abroad in Chile. Journal of Studies in International Education, 18(2), 162-179.


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