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John Beard

John Beard

Assistant Professor
Public Health

2046 Life Sciences Building
Provo, UT 84602

801-422-7491

Biography

Dr. John D. Beard is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist and has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT, since 2017.

Dr. Beard was born and raised in Provo, UT, along with his three sisters. He was active in scouting and earned the Eagle Scout Award. He graduated from Provo High School in 2001 and served as an English-speaking missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Canada Vancouver Mission from 2002-2004. He is a two-time alumnus of BYU having earned a BS in Statistics in 2008 and a MPH in Public Health in 2010. He also earned a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015.

After graduating with his PhD, Dr. Beard spent two years (2015-2017) as a Lieutenant in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. During his time in the Commissioned Corps, he was assigned to be an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer (essentially a field epidemiologist) and later a Research Officer at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Cincinnati, OH. Some of the highlights of Dr. Beard's time as an EIS Officer included investigating an outbreak of histoplasmosis, a fungal disease, among tunnel cleaning workers in the Dominican Republic and conducting industrial hygiene surveys of exposure to carbon nanotubes and nanofibers at five companies across the U.S. Dr. Beard previously spent six years (2009-2015) as a pre-doctoral fellow, special volunteer, and Summers of Discovery intern at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S. National Institutes of Health, in Research Triangle Park, NC. He also spent nine months (2009-2010) as an environmental epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dr. Beard's research focuses on (1) environmental and occupational risk and prognostic factors for neurological (e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease) and mental health diseases and (2) health effects of temperature inversions and air pollution in Utah.

Dr. Beard met his wife in a BYU Singles Ward. They were married in the Provo Temple in 2008, have four children, and live in Provo. In his spare time, Dr. Beard enjoys spending time with his family, playing board games, and following sports.

Teaching Interests

Environmental Health, Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness

Research Interests

Environmental and occupational risk and prognostic factors for neurological (e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease) and mental health diseases; health effects of temperature inversions and air pollution in Utah

Education

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
  • MPH, Public Health, Brigham Young University, 2010
  • BS, Statistics, Brigham Young University, 2008

Courses Taught

Winter 2019

  • HLTH 322: Environmental Health Section 001
  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 002, 007
  • HLTH 606: Environmental Hlth Sciences Section 001

Fall 2018

  • HLTH 322: Environmental Health Section 001
  • HLTH 422: Disaster Response & Emer Prep Section 001

Spring 2018

  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 001

Winter 2018

  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 002
  • HLTH 606: Environmental Hlth Sciences Section 001

Publications

Journal Articles

Beard JD, Erdely A, Dahm MM, de Perio MA, Birch ME, Evans DE, Fernback JE, Eye T, Kodali V, Mercer RR, et al. 2018. Carbon nanotube and nanofiber exposure and sputum and blood biomarkers of early effect among U.S. workers. Environment International. 116:214-228. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2018.04.004

Schubauer-Berigan MK, Dahm MM, Erdely A, Beard JD, Birch ME, Evans DE, Fernback JE, Mercer RR, Bertke SJ, Eye T, et al. 2018. Association of pulmonary, cardiovascular, and hematologic metrics with carbon nanotube and nanofiber exposure among U.S. workers: a cross-sectional study. Particle and Fibre Toxicology. 15(1):22. doi:10.1186/s12989-018-0258-0

Armstrong PA, Beard JD, Bonilla L, Arboleda N, Lindsley MD, Chae S, Castillo D, Nuñez R, Chiller T, de Perio MA, et al. 2018. Outbreak of severe histoplasmosis among tunnel workers - Dominican Republic, 2015. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 66(10):1550-1557. doi:10.1093/cid/cix1067

Dahm MM, Schubauer-Berigan MK, Evans DE, Birch ME, Bertke S, Beard JD, Erdely A, Fernback JE, Mercer RR, Grinshpun SA. 2018. Exposure assessments for a cross-sectional epidemiologic study of US carbon nanotube and nanofiber workers. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. 221(3):429-440. doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2018.01.006

Fang F, Peters TL, Beard JD, Umbach DM, Keller J, Mariosa D, Allen KD, Ye W, Sandler DP, Schmidt S, et al. 2017. Blood lead, bone turnover, and survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. American Journal of Epidemiology. 186(9):1057-1064. doi:10.1093/aje/kwx176

Beard JD, Engel LS, Richardson DB, Gammon MD, Baird C, Umbach DM, Allen KD, Stanwyck CL, Keller J, Sandler DP, et al. 2017. Military service, deployments, and exposures in relation to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis survival. PLoS ONE. 12(10):e0185751. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0185751

Rinsky JL, Richardson DB, Wing S, Beard JD, Alavanja M, Beane Freeman LE, Chen H, Henneberger PK, Kamel F, Sandler DP, et al. 2017. Assessing the potential for bias from non-response to a study follow-up interview: an example from the Agricultural Health Study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 186(4):395-404. doi:10.1093/aje/kwx098

Beard JD, Steege AL, Ju J, Lu J, Luckhaupt SE, Schubauer-Berigan MK. 2017. Mortality from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson's disease among different occupation groups - United States, 1985-2011. MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 66(27):718-722. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6627a2

Mariosa D, Beard JD, Umbach DM, Bellocco R, Keller J, Peters TL, Allen KD, Ye W, Sandler DP, Schmidt S, et al. 2017. Body mass index and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a study of US military veterans. American Journal of Epidemiology. 185(5):362-371. doi:10.1093/aje/kww140

Peters TL, Beard JD, Umbach DM, Allen K, Keller J, Mariosa D, Sandler DP, Schmidt S, Fang F, Ye W, et al. 2016. Blood levels of trace metals and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. NeuroToxicology. 54:119-126. doi:10.1016/j.neuro.2016.03.022

Beard JD, Engel LS, Richardson DB, Gammon MD, Baird C, Umbach DM, Allen KD, Stanwyck CL, Keller J, Sandler DP, et al. 2016. Military service, deployments, and exposures in relation to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis etiology. Environment International. 91:104-115. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2016.02.014

Beard JD, Kamel F. 2015. Military service, deployments, and exposures in relation to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis etiology and survival. Epidemiologic Reviews. 37(1):55-70. doi:10.1093/epirev/mxu001

Dong J, Beard JD, Umbach DM, Park Y, Huang X, Blair A, Kamel F, Chen H. 2014. Dietary fat intake and risk for Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders. 29(13):1623-1630. doi:10.1002/mds.26032

Beard JD, Umbach DM, Hoppin JA, Richards M, Alavanja MC, Blair A, Sandler DP, Kamel F. 2014. Pesticide exposure and depression among male private pesticide applicators in the Agricultural Health Study. Environmental Health Perspectives. 122(9):984-991. doi:10.1289/ehp.1307450

Beard JD, Hoppin JA, Richards M, Alavanja MC, Blair A, Sandler DP, Kamel F. 2013. Pesticide exposure and self-reported incident depression among wives in the Agricultural Health Study. Environmental Research. 126:31-42. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2013.06.001

Beard JD, Beck C, Graham R, Packham SC, Traphagan M, Giles RT, Morgan JG. 2012. Winter temperature inversions and emergency department visits for asthma in Salt Lake County, Utah, 2003-2008. Environmental Health Perspectives. 120(10):1385-1390. doi:10.1289/ehp.1104349

Beard JD, Umbach DM, Hoppin JA, Richards M, Alavanja MC, Blair A, Sandler DP, Kamel F. 2011. Suicide and pesticide use among pesticide applicators and their spouses in the Agricultural Health Study. Environmental Health Perspectives. 119(11):1610-1615. doi:10.1289/ehp.1103413

Merrill RM, Beard JD. 2009. Influenza vaccination in the United States, 2005-2007. Medical Science Monitor. 15(7):PH92-PH100.