Sarah Colley is a research environmental scientist with the Center for Environmental Health, Risk and Sustainability at RTI International. Ms. Colley has multidisciplinary experience in both the physical environmental sciences and the environmental health sciences, and her work at RTI primarily focuses on drinking water quality, children’s environmental health, risk communication, and engagement with public members as participatory scientists. Ms. Colley has training in toxicology, epidemiology, exposure science, risk assessment, and systematic reviews, in addition to her experience in hydrogeology and water quality. She is enthusiastic about scientific writing and editing for diverse audiences, including technical experts and the public. Ms. Colley has several years of experience coordinating projects, planning, and executing field-based investigations.
Currently, Ms. Colley is an environmental health scientist and project coordinator for the EPA Center for Early Lifestage Vulnerabilities to Environmental Stressors at RTI (Preschool Environmental Experiences and Development Study). The Center evaluates chemical exposures in toddlers’ caregiving environments and how these cumulative exposures are associated with neurodevelopmental functioning in early childhood. Ms. Colley also supports the award-winning Clean Water for US Kids™ program as an environmental scientist.
Prior to joining RTI, Ms. Colley worked as a Health Scientist at ICF, where she supported federal clients in toxicology and environmental epidemiology projects that included systematic reviews, peer-reviewed technical reports, and public meeting series. Ms. Colley also previously worked as an Environmental Geologist for HDR, Inc., where she focused on groundwater quality issues, coal ash management, and solid waste projects in the southeastern U.S.