Alan Becker, Ph.D.

Professor Environmental and Occupational Health
LOCATION: 209C FSH Science Research Center
PHONE: 850-412-5738
CV: Link to CV
Alan Becker, Ph.D., serves as professor, Environmental and Occupational Health. Dr. Becker has advised more than 50 MPH students in environmental health, occupational health, and environmental epidemiology for their master’s degree research projects and served on several dissertation committees. He has worked on several community projects with IPH Students to provide products such as fact sheets, surveys, training, and consultation. In the community, he has developed and co-presented a toxicology curriculum to community leaders for a grant from the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR), Racial and Ethnic Environmental Approaches to Health (REEACH) related to a Superfund Ash Site in Jacksonville. Other notable accomplishments were a project where he participated in collecting lead samples from water fountains and kitchen water samples in Leon and Wakulla Counties in elementary schools. He also worked a community project with his IPH colleagues and students on a survey to worker’s injury at Fairfax Wood Treaters. Dr. Becker is a full member of the Society of Toxicology. He has also served on several federal and state committees, including Florida, Pesticide Review Evaluation Committee (2003-2006), National Advisory Committee, Environmental Protection Agency, Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (2006-2012), and Federal State Risk Assessment Committee (2006-2019). Before coming to FAMU, Dr. Becker served with the Florida Department of Health as an environmental/toxicology consultant from 2002-2007 in chemical, pesticide and preparedness surveillance related to chemical exposures working with multiple state agencies including the Florida Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Environmental Protection. While with the Florida Department of Health, he conducted field studies including mosquito control field study following a hurricane in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in St. John’s County.

Areas of Expertise
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
Research Interest
  • Community Hazardous Waste Sites

  • Pesticide and Chemical Toxicology

  • Environmental Epidemiology

Selective Publications
  • Luque, J.S., Becker, A., Bossak, B.H., Grzywacz, J.G., Tovar-Aguilar, J.A., Guo, Y. (2019). Knowledge and practices to avoid heat-related Illness among Hispanic Farmworkers in Georgia. Journal of Agromedicine, DOI: 10.1080/1059924X.2019.1670312

  • Mathis, A., Dutton, M., Lopez, L., Becker, A., Brown, P. (2019). After the implementation of the ACA coverage gaps among rural Latinos remain. Florida Public Health Review, 16, 64-70.

  • Becker, A., Suther, S., Harris, C., Pawlowicz, G., Disney-Tucker, G., Dutton, M., Close, F., Hilliard, A., Gragg, R. (2018). Community-based participatory research at Jacksonville, Florida Ash Superfund site: Toxicology training to improve knowledge of the lay community. Florida Public Health Review, 15, 61-74.

  • Axelrad, D.M., Saff, R.H., Salters, J.M., Becker, A.J., Jagoe, C., Owens, J.D., Ringenberg, L., Gbogbo, D., Fasakin O. (2018). Lead levels in drinking water in elementary schools in Tallahassee, Florida: Recommendations for lead exposure reduction: Pediatricians’ role. Florida Pediatric Journal, 37(1), 6-13.

  • Seaborn, C., Suther, S., Lee, T., Kiros, G.E., Becker, A., Campbell, E., Collins-Robinson, J., (2016). Utilizing genomics through family health history with the theory of planned behavior: Prediction of type 2 diabetes risk factors and preventive behavior in an African American population in Florida. Public Health Genomics, 19(2), 69-80. PMID: 26845048

  • Sadiq, B., Brown, P., Huffer, F., Onubogu, U., Dutton, M., Becker, A., Rahman, S., (2015). Effect of meteorological variables on malaria incidence in Ogun State, Nigeria. International Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, 4(10), 205-215.

  • Becker, A., Suther, S., Dutton, M., Kearney, G., Xu, X. (2015). Florida County Health Department, Environmental Health 2006 Survey: Do rural counties know “what to do” in a chemical or all hazards event? Journal of Environmental Health, 77(8), 14-19. PMID: 25619031

  • Becker, A., Axelrad, D. (2014). Arsenic and type 2 diabetes: commentary on association of inorganic arsenic exposure with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis by Wang et al. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68(5): 393-395. PMID: 24558058

  • Kearney, G.D., Xu, X., Balanay, J.A., Becker, A. (2014). Sun safety among farmers and farmworkers: A review of the literature. Journal of Agromedicine, 19(1), 53-65. PMID: 24417532

  • Xu, X., Nembhard, W., Kan, H., Becker, A., Talbott, E. (2012). Residental pesticide use is associated with children’s respiratory symptoms. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54(10): 1281-1287. PMID: 22995816