Curtis A Harris Ph.D.

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Associate Director, Assistant Professor

Barrow Hall Room 001B
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: 
706-380-1456
Fax: 
706-542-5254
Educational Background: 
PhD, Toxicology, University of Georgia (2008)
BS, Chemistry, Georgia College and State University (2003)
Area of Specialty: 
  • Prevention/Excretion of Radioactive Iodide in the Body Post Radiation Exposure
  • Healthcare Disaster Management
  • Alternate Care Sites
  • Mass Fatality
  • Hazardous Materials
Research Interests: 
  • Effects of radiation fallout on the endocrine system via radioactive isotopes of iodine
  • Disaster Management Higher Education
  • Domestic and international disaster preparedness
  • Disaster management and response for mass fatalities
  • Healthcare exercise design and exercise execution
  • Internally displaced person and mass casualty management
  • Food emergency response
Professional Affiliations: 
  • Member of the Department of Public Health, Health Protection, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response Workgroup on All Things Surge. 2012-2014
  • Chair for the Department of Public Health, Health Protection, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response Workgroup on All Things Surge. 2011-2012
  • Chair for the Department of Community Health, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response Workgroup on Alternate Care Sites. 2010-2011
  • Member of the Georgia Food Safety Defense Task Force
Honors and Awards: 
  • The University of Georgia, College of Public Health 2014 Excellence in Service Award.  This award is presented to one faculty member in the COllege of Public Health each year recognizing service efforts in the community.
  • The University of Georgia Career Center Award for contributing to the career development of UGA students (2012).
Selected Publications: 
  • Harris, C. A., Fisher, J. W., Rollor III, E. A., Ferguson, D. C., Blount, B. C., Valentin-Blasini, L., Taylor, M. A. and Dallas, C. E. Evaluation of Potassium Iodide (KI) and Ammonium Perchlorate (NH4ClO4) to Ameliorate 131I- Exposure in the Rat, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A,72:14,909-914. (2009)
  • Harris, C.; Dallas, C.; Rollor III, E.; White, C.; Blount, B.; Valentin-Blasini, L.; Fisher, J. Radioactive Iodide (131I) Excretion Profiles in Response to Potassium Iodide (KI) and Ammonium Perchlorate (NH4ClO4) Prophylaxis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 2936-2948.
  • Heath Ford, Cham E. Dallas and Curt Harris. Examining Roles Pharmacists Assume in Disasters: A Content Analytic Approach. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, available on CJO2013. doi:10.1017/dmp.2013.99.
  • Jeffrey Fisher, Xiaoxia Yang, Curtis Harris, Igor Koturbash, and Annie Lumen, “The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis in Infants and Children: Protection from Radioiodines,” Journal of Thyroid Research, vol. 2014, Article ID 710178, 12 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/710178
Courses Taught: 
  • DMAN 7005, Graduate Student Seminar.  University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • DMAN 7100, Introduction to Disaster Management.  University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • DMAN 7200, Disaster Management for Health Professionals.  University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • DMAN 7350, Basic Disaster Management for Health Professionals. University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • DMAN 7351, Advanced Disaster Management for Health Professionals. University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • PBHL 7560. Internship PBHL.  University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • PBHL 7800, Capstone Public Health. University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • DMAN 8900, Special Topics in Disaster Management, University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • PBHL 9000, Doctoral Research.  University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • PBHL 9300, Doctoral Dissertation.  University of Georgia, College of Public Health.
  • Controller/evaluator training on how to evaluate hospital exercises based on the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.
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