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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Maureen Lichtveld

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
Research Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Director, Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership & Strategic Initiatives

Maureen Lichtveld has a 30 year track record in environmental public health with  research interests in environmentally-induced disease and special emphasis on health disparities; community-based participatory research; disaster preparedness, environmental health policy; and public health systems. Dr. Lichtveld has served as an expert consultant to the Institute of Medicine for many years on contemporary public health issues ranging from the adverse health consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to public health systems, and disaster preparedness. Dr. Lichtveld brings together a cadre of regional research expertise to advance innovative, community-centered, transdisciplinary research. 

Hannah Covert

Hannah Covert, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Associate Director, Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership & Strategic Initiatives

Hannah manages the center’s research portfolio, liaises with external advisory boards, coordinates working relationships with external constituencies, and provides oversight for the Center’s programs. She also writes and coordinates proposal submissions and provides financial oversight of extramural funding. Hannah has worked in the field of higher education administration for 20 years.  Prior to working at Tulane, she served as Executive Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (UF). She has expertise in resource management, program development and management, evaluation, personnel, communications, and international education.  She has served as a Co-PI on ten grants.  Hannah received her PhD in higher education administration from UF.  She has an MA in Latin American Studies with a specialization in cultural anthropology from UF and a BA in Spanish from Middlebury College. Her research interests include qualitative methods of inquiry, evaluation, international education, and intercultural competence.


Lisa Paterson, MS
Senior Grants Administrator

Lisa provides fiscal management, reporting and logistical support to the Center and its research objectives. Lisa holds a BS in Environmental Management Systems and a Masters in International Development and has 7 years of Grant Management and Administration experience. Prior to working for the Center, Lisa was a Rural Development Manager for the East Midlands Development Agency. In this position, she appraised, managed, and inspected EU-funded rural development projects in the East Midlands, UK. Additionally, Lisa was part of a team that developed an ecological cooperative brand in the Netherlands. She also developed and ran an internship program at an educational permaculture farm in Costa Rica. Her research interests include sustainable food production and distribution systems, urban agriculture, the links between health and food security and access, as well as innovative solutions to food security that reduce environmental impacts of the food industry. Lisa is currently a voting member of the New Orleans Food and Policy Advisory Committee.