258B Applied Ecology
David Clark Labs
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
Catherine E. LePrevost
Teaching Assistant Professor, Applied Ecology
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Wake Forest University
Master of Toxicology, Toxicology, North Carolina State University
Doctor of Philosophy, Science Education, North Carolina State University
Research InterestsMy research interests include informal science education for rural and agricultural audiences, as well as community engagement and curriculum development related to pesticides and environmental toxicology.
As Project Coordinator for the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit project, I have collaborated with a variety of stakeholders—including farmworkers, state agencies, migrant and community health centers, and Cooperative Extension personnel—to develop culturally, linguistically, and educationally appropriate pesticide education materials for Latino farmworkers and have facilitated train-the-trainer workshops for pesticide educators across the state, training educators in use of the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit materials and associated pesticide safety concepts.
I am currently conducting a pilot project to examine the effectiveness of audience response system technology in enhancing pesticide applicator safety and health lessons in North Carolina. Project completion will provide information for potential expansion and adoption of this learning technology throughout the state and the southeastern region for improvement of agricultural safety and health.
The Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit
Funded by the Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund, the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit presents crop-specific pesticide safety information for Latino farmworkers in highly visual and engaging ways. The Toolkit consists of the following:
- training flipcharts containing discussion guides for trainers,
- crop-specific pesticide information handouts for farmworkers, and
- hands-on activities to assess farmworker knowledge and skills.
All materials are available in Spanish and English. The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved the toolkit for worker training as required by the Worker Protection Standard.
For ordering information for the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit, visit http://go.ncsu.edu/pesticide-toolkit.
Masters of Environmental Assessment
The Master of Environmental Assessment Degree is an interdisciplinary program focused on understanding the adverse impacts that pollutants and naturally occurring substances pose on human health and the environment. The program builds upon NC State University’s expertise in environmental issues and problem solving.
The program is designed as a completely online degree. This technology allows professionals to complete their degree while still working. In addition, individuals can boost their credentials through our certificate program. Through the program, students combine multiple fields of study to tackle complex environmental problems.
Addy, T. M., LePrevost, C. E., & Stevenson, M. (2014). Thinking critically in undergraduate biology: Flipping the classroom and problem-based learning. Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing 2, 1-9. Available at: http://qudoublehelixjournal.org/index.php/dh/article/view/18/148
LePrevost, C. E., Blanchard, M. R., & Cope, W. G. (2014). Personal goals and perceived barriers of farmworker pesticide trainers: Implications for workplace safety and health. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 20(4), 267-282.
LePrevost, C. E., Storm, J. F., Asuaje, C. R, & Cope, W. G. (2014). The Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit: An innovative model for developing an evidence-informed program for a low-literacy, Latino immigrant audience. Journal of Extension 52(3), Article 3IAW8. Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2014june/iw8.php.
LePrevost, C. E., Storm, J. F., Asuaje, C. R, & Cope, W. G. (2014). Assessing the effectiveness of the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit: A curriculum for enhancing farmworkers’ understanding of pesticide safety concepts. Journal of Agromedicine, 19(2), 96-102.
LePrevost, C. E., Blanchard, M. R., & Cope, W. G. (2013). Beliefs of science educators who teach pesticide risk to farmworkers. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 8(4), 587-609.
LePrevost, C. E., Gray, K., Hernández-Pelletier, M., Bouma, B., Arellano, C., & Cope, W. G. (2013). Need for improved risk communication of fish consumption advisories to protect maternal and child health: Influence of primary informants. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(5), 1720-1734.
LePrevost, C. E., Blanchard, M. R., Storm, J. F., Asuaje, C. R, & Cope, W. G. (2013). Engaging Latino farmworkers in the development of symbols to improve pesticide safety and health education and risk communication. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(5), 975-981. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9685-4.
LePrevost, C. E., Blanchard, M. R., & Cope, W. G. (2011). The Pesticide Risk Beliefs Inventory: A quantitative instrument for the assessment of beliefs about pesticide risks. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8(6), 1923-1935.