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School of the Environment
1515 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
305-D FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Dr. Richard Gragg
Associate Professor

Office: 306-D FSH Science Research Center
Email: richard.gragg@famu.edu
Phone: 599-8549
Fax: 412-7785


  • Ph. D., Pharmaceutical Sciences/Toxicology, Florida A&M University, 1994
  • M.S., Pharmacology, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, 1986
  • B.S., Biochemistry, SUNY Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 1980

Research Interests

My research is divided into the following integrated areas: environmental justice, environmental health disparities, environmental toxicology and human health and environmental ethics. I am also interested in the intersection of food and water systems and sustainable community solutions.



Environmental Health Disparities

1.      ‘How Cumulative Risks Warrant A Shift In Our Approach To Racial Health Disparities: The Case of Lead, Stress, and Hypertension’ (2011) Hicken M., Gragg, R., and Hu, H., Health Affairs 30(10), 1895-1901.

2.      ‘Social and Environmental Risk Factors for Hypertension in African Americans’  (2008) Selina Rahman, Howard Hu, Eileen McNeely, Saleh M. M. Rahman, Nancy Krieger, Pamela Waterman, Junenette Peters, Cynthia Harris, Cynthia H. Harris, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Brian K. Gibbs, Perry C. Brown, Genita Johnson, Angela Burgess, and Richard D. Gragg, Florida Public Health Review 5, 64-72.

3.      ‘Household Pesticide Residues in Urban and Rural Low-Income African-American Communities' (2008) G. Adamkiewicz, C. Hemphill, D. Lam, A. Burgess, B. Vinas, D. Camann, R. Gragg, J.D. Spengler, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Strøm-Tejsen, Peter; Olesen, Bjarne W.; Wargocki, Pawel; Zukowska, Daria; Toftum, Jørn, Editors. Proceedings available on CDRom, Copenhagen, Denmark.

4.      ‘Induction of Cell Death, DNA Strand Breaks, and Cell Cycle Arrest in DU145 Human Prostate Carcinoma Cell Line by Benzo[a]pyrene and Benzo[a]pyrene-7,8-diol-9,10-epoxide’ (2007) Onyinye Nwagbara, Selina F. Darling-Reed, Alicia Tucker, Cynthia Harris, Michael Abazinge1, Ronald D. Thomas, and Richard D. Gragg, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 4 (1), 10-14.

5.      ‘Environmental Health and Anti-Social Behavior: Implications for Public Policy’ (2001) Preston, B. L., Warren, R. C., Gragg, R. D. and Walker, B., Journal of Environmental Health 63: 9-2.