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Skidmore College
First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory



Dr smith

Denise L. Smith, Ph.D., FACSM

Director of the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, professor of health and human physiological sciences

Denise Smith has researched the cardiovascular strain of firefighting for nearly 20 years, is highly active in the Fire Service and has collaborated with many national organizations (including the NVFC, IAFF, IAFC and NFPA) and has conducted numerous line-of-duty fatality investigations due to cardiac issues for NIOSH. She has co-authored two textbooks and published more than 75 scientific papers.


Sue D’Isabel, DrPH

Project Manager, First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory

Sue received her doctorate in public health from Columbia University and has taught public health courses at Skidmore College for over 10 years. Her background includes research and evaluation of physical activity and healthy eating interventions at the federal, state, and local levels. Sue is currently managing the Firefighter Research and Education for Safety and Health (FRESH) grant.