Internal Advisory Committee

The IAC is comprised of Center faculty and staff who represent each of the internal Cores and a principal investigator from each area of research.

Jeffrey Levin, MD, PhD
Jeffrey Levin, MD, PhD

Dr. Levin Chairs the IAC. He facilitates the meetings, determines necessary actions and assign tasks. Dave Douphrate, PhD represents Intervention projects. Basic/Etiologic research projects and Feasibility Studies are represented by Vanessa Casanova, PhD. Amanda Wickman, MBA represents the Planning and Evaluation Core. Outreach program activities are reported by Shelbie Powell, BA. See this page for their bios.

Ann Carruth, RN, DNS
Ann Carruth, RN, DNS

Dr. Ann Carruth is a Professor and Dean at Southeastern Louisiana University’s School of Nursing. She represents the Translation Research category as PI for the project “Risk Factors Associated with Shrimp Fishing in the Gulf: Heat Stress, Fatigue, Recovery and the Role of Cooling Materials on PFD Adoption.” Dr. Carruth is qualified to advise the Center on community-based research, effective educational strategies, social marketing and the commercial fishing industry. Dr. Carruth is also sensitive to cultural and gender differences among worker populations, having performed extensive research with Vietnamese fishermen, women and children.

Eva Shipp, PhD
Eva Shipp, PhD

Eva Shipp, PhD is a Research Scientist at the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. She represents Surveillance and is the PI for the project, “New Approaches for Monitoring Morbidity and Mortality in Agricultural Workers.” She offers guidance on research with farmworkers, organization of research teams, the collection of primary data and field epidemiology, data management and analysis, and how to disseminate findings to the scientific and study community.

Sharon Newbill, PhD
Sharon Newbill, PhD

Sharon Newbill, PhD participates on the IAC and advises the Center on Evaluation program efforts. She is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico- Albuquerque and the lead investigator for Center program evaluation. She has been engaged in evaluation for over 23 years, founding Folkstone Evaluation Anthropology consulting firm in 1998. She will provide updates on evaluation efforts and ensure that advisor recommendations are considered and activities move the Center closer to achieving its overall aims.

Tim Struttmann, MSPH
Tim Struttmann, MSPH

Tim Struttmann, MSPH, has been associated with the SW Ag Center for over a decade; prior to that he worked closely with the research team at the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention. He was also the principal investigator of the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation project and investigated over 40 tractor over turns. His educational background is in public health. He received his Bachelor’s and Masters degree from the University of Kentucky. Struttmann’s current focus is in detecting adverse events from the administration of the anthrax vaccine among military personnel. He is conducting a large scale retrospective medical record review to determine if there is an association between anthrax vaccine administration and long term negative health outcomes. He also manages a team of medical coders and data processors on behalf of the National Health Care Surveys at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Struttmann remains a strong advocate for agricultural safety and health and is acutely interested in agricultural aviation both from a safety and health perspective as well as a homeland security issue.