Dr. Khara Grieger

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in Environmental Health & Risk Assessment

Position Description

Interdisciplinary risk sciences research and Extension focus on developing and translating best practices for risk assessment, risk management, governance, and engaging stakeholders in managing environmental health risks. Key focal areas include environmental risk analyses of emerging technologies in food and agriculture sectors, and other emerging risks, that have high degrees of complexities and uncertainties and require interdisciplinary risk approaches. Extension-related activities focus on translating and communicating best practices for risk assessments and risk governance to diverse stakeholders.

Vision for Extension

Engaging local stakeholders in Cary, NC

As an Extension specialist, my vision is to develop adaptive, science-based approaches to understanding and responding to emerging environmental health challenges, connecting with key stakeholders, and transferring knowledge.

Needs Assessment – 2021-2022. In 2021, colleagues and I conducted a Needs Assessment of NC State Cooperative Extension Agents in all of North Carolina’s counties. The Needs Assessment aimed to better understand Extension agents’ needs and priorities within diverse topics of environmental health and risks, based on the perceptions and views of Extension agents’ regarding environmental health and risks relevant to NC as well as within the community(ies) they serve. The Assessment consisted of a short, 10 minute survey using the Qualtrics online survey platform. Key findings will serve as a primary source of information to better understand and assess priority areas for future research and Extension activities related to environmental health and risks in NC and beyond. An overview and preliminary findings from the Extension Needs Assessment are shown in this recorded presentation (held 5-21-21) by Dr. Grieger. A summary and key findings from the Needs Assessment Extension report is available here. This work is published in Environment Systems and Decisions, here.

Advising the Town of Cary on environmental issues (2018-2022)
Advising the Town of Cary on environmental issues (2018-2022)








Extension Publications

  • Grieger, K., Cummings, C.L. 2022. Informing Environmental Health and Risk Priorities through Local Outreach and Extension. Environment Systems and Decisions, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10669-022-09864-0
  • Grieger, K., Horgan, M., Merck A. 2022. Let’s Work Together in Addressing Environmental and Societal Issues: Guide to Engaging Stakeholders and Communities. NC State Extension Publication– Submitted

Extension Presentations and Other Media

Engaging with NC sweetpotato stakeholders.
  • Society for Risk Analysis, Research Triangle Regional Organization. Presented Webinar on “Engaging Stakeholders within Risk Governance Contexts,” April 26, 2022. (Registration here).
  • STEPS Center Emerging Research Showcase, April 13, 2022. (Link here).
  • NC State, Workshop on Conducting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), Co-lead workshop to train NC State faculty on best practices for conducting RRI in their groups and labs, April 8, 2022.
  • NC State Extension Annual Conference: Exploring Extension Needs in Environmental Health and Risk. Poster Presentation, October 25, 2021. (Link to poster here)
  • NC State Extension Annual Conference: Engaging sweetpotato stakeholders in North Carolina through Sweet-APPS. Oral Presentation, October 27, 2021. (Link to recorded presentation here– only for NC State faculty, staff, students).
  • NC State Extension Sweet Potato Field Day: Poster presentations and stakeholder engagement NC State-funded, Sweet-APPS project, Horticultural Research Station, Clinton, NC. October, 5, 2021.
  • Society for Risk Analysis, Research Triangle Regional Organization. Hosted Webinar by Dr. Christie Sayes on “Assessing the Potential for Pulmonary Sensitization After Respirable Environmental Stimuli Exposure,” June 22, 2021. (Recorded presentation here).
  • GRC Connects: Convergence of Nanotechnology with Food & Agriculture. Oral Presentation, June 14, 2021. (Recorded presentation here).
  • NC State Extension Webinar: Exploring Extension Needs in Environmental Health and Risk. Oral Presentation, May 21, 2021. (Recorded presentation here).
  • NSF-Research Coordination Network, EngageINFEWs. Lightning Round Oral Presentation focused on Best Practices in Stakeholder Engagement. March, 2021. (Recorded presentation here).
  • US -EU Stakeholders in Nano-Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Communities Workshop: Bridging Insights and Perspectives. Oral Presentation, September 17, 2020. (Recorded presentation here)
  • WNCU Podcast, The Unseen World of Food Nanotechnology. Podcast interview, released September 2, 2020. (Recorded podcast here).
  • NC State, Society for Risk Analysis, and RTI International Webinar: The Secondary Risk Society, Risk & Decision-Making in the 21st Century. Webinar host, August 14, 2020. (Recorded presentation here).
  • NC State Extension Continuing Education Webinar: Glyphosate: Can we separate fact and fiction? And, how do we control weeds without it? Panelist, July 7, 2020
  • NC State, GRIP4PSI, Sweet-APPS Project and Stakeholder Engagement. (Project site here; Photos of stakeholder engagement here).
    Connecting with citizens, Town of Cary tree event.

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