Research and Professional Interests
Tara Rava Zolnikov has two environmental health MS degrees (one in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech and one in Epidemiology, Exposures, and Risk from Harvard School of Public Health), was a former research fellow in Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is currently a fifth-year PhD student in Developmental Science at North Dakota State University. She is also an adjunct professor and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on Public Health and the Environment at National University. Her dissertation focus is on understanding the iatrogenic social effects that occur from implemented water interventions in the developing world. She also designs large-scale public health interventions in Kenya for the Kenya Red Cross; she primarily focuses on water, including access, quality, and contamination or exposures, and waterborne diseases. Her nonprofit, The Shepard’s Village, is currently working with the Maasai community in Narok, Kenya to provide access to clean water; the community currently suffers from fluoride overexposure and experiences significant adverse health effects as a result. Her focus in intervention design, in general, is that they should be for the people designed with the people. By understanding culture, interventions are more likely to be sustainable and reside comfortably within communities.
JHU Water Magazine articles authored and edited:
Water and Health
Water in the Environment
Former Magazine Editor