Robin Taylor Wilson

Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
901 Ritter Annex


Dr. Wilson is an environmental cancer epidemiologist by training with experience in trans-disciplinary implementation research. Her research focuses on the intersection between genetic and environmental factors influencing kidney cancer risk, including trace element exposures and vitamin D metabolism. This research has identified cancer and health effects associated with environmental exposure to heavy metals, gene x environment interactions, dietary exposure pathways in mining-impacted areas, and new biomarker assay and assessment techniques. Dr. Wilson has led or contributed to published research conducted among diverse population groups in the United States (American Indian/Alaska Natives, African American, rural Appalachian), Bolivia (Spanish and Quechuan), Central/Eastern Europe, Finland and Sweden. Her work has been funded by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Naval Health Research Center, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pennsylvania State University (PSU), and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH).

In professional service, Dr. Wilson currently serves as the Policy Co-Chair of the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and as a board member of the International Network for Epidemiology in Policy (INEP), a consortium of over 20 epidemiologic professional associations worldwide. Dr. Wilson has served on public health, research, award, and/or career panels for the NIH, US Department of Defense, Worldwide Cancer Research, the PA DOH, PSU, Temple University, and APHA.

In her educational role, Dr. Wilson has had the honor of serving as the founding director of a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program, and as a mentor for over 60 students and faculty from diverse cultures and racial/ethnic backgrounds. She was named Outstanding College of Medicine Mentor and the Inaugural College of Medicine Dean’s Diversity Award Champion by PSU. She developed the NIH-funded Early Preparation and Inspiration for Careers in the Biomedical Sciences (EPIC) program, designed to increase interest and persistence in STEM careers among high school students through university-high school partnerships in epidemiology education. This effort is now being expanded via The Technology-Linked Epidemiology Education Network (TEEN) in an NIH-funded partnership with Wicked Device, an innovative computer engineering and environmental monitoring company. Dr. Wilson’s mentees have been admitted to academic posts, fellowships, and/or employment with the Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson University, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Mount Sinai Hospital, the National Cancer Institute, PA DOH, PSU, Stanford University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, and Yale University. Dr. Wilson joined the Temple University College of Public Health in 2019.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Iowa
  • MA, Geography, University of Colorado
  • BS, Political Science, Drake University 

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




EPBI 8402

Intermediate Concepts and Methods in Health Research


ENVH 5004

Environmental Health


ENVH 8207

Environmental Epidemiology


Selected Publications

  • Cuffee, Y.L., Wang, M., Geyer, N.R., Saxena, S., Akuley, S., Jones, L., & Wilson, R.T. (2021). Vitamin D and family history of hypertension in relation to hypertension status among college students. Journal of Human Hypertension. doi: 10.1038/s41371-021-00577-6

  • Wilson, R.T., Masters, L.D., Barnholtz-Sloan, J.S., Salzberg, A.C., & Hartman, T.J. (2018). Ancestry-Adjusted Vitamin D Metabolite Concentrations in Association with Cytochrome P450 3A Polymorphisms. American Journal of Epidemiology, 187(4), pp. 754-766. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx187

  • Wilson, R.T., Watson, E., Kaelin, M., & Huebner, W. (2018). Early preparation and inspiration for STEM careers: Preliminary report of the epidemiology challenge randomized intervention, 2014-2015. Public Health Reports, 133(1), pp. 64-74. doi: 10.1177/0033354917746983

  • Wilson, R.T., Hasanali, S.H., Sheikh, M., Cramer, S., Weinberg, G., Firth, A., Weiss, S.H., & Soskolne, C.L. (2017). Challenges to the census: international trends and a need to consider public health benefits. Public Health, 151, pp. 87-97. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2017.05.015

  • Garrido, A.E., Strosnider, W., Wilson, R.T., Condori, J., & Nairn, R.W. (2017). Metal-contaminated potato crops and potential human health risk in Bolivian mining highlands. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 39(3), pp. 681-700. doi: 10.1007/s10653-017-9943-4

  • Farag, S., Das, R., Strosnider, W., & Wilson, R.T. (2015). Possible health effects of living in proximity to mining sites near Potosí, Bolivia. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(5), pp. 543-551. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000401

  • Wilson, R.T., Bortner, J.D., Roff, A., Das, A., Battaglioli, E.J., Richie, J.P., Barnholtz-Sloan, J., Chinchilli, V.M., Berg, A., Liu, G., Salzberg, A.C., & El-Bayoumy, K. (2015). Genetic and environmental influences on plasma vitamin D binding protein concentrations. Translational Research, 165(6), pp. 667-676. doi: 10.1016/j.trsl.2014.08.003

  • Tilburt, J.C., Koller, K., Tiesinga, J.J., Wilson, R.T., Trinh, A.C., Hill, K., Hall, I.J., Smith, J.L., Ekwueme, D.U., & Petersen, W.O. (2013). Patterns of clinical response to PSA elevation in american indian/alaska native men: A multi- center pilot study. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24(4), pp. 1676-1685. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0184

  • Wenrich, T.R., Brown, J.L., Wilson, R.T., & Lengerich, E.J. (2012). Impact of a community-based intervention on serving and intake of vegetables among low-income, rural appalachian families. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44(1), pp. 36-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2011.04.012

  • Southard, E.B., Roff, A., Fortugno, T., Richie, J.P., Kaag, M., Chinchilli, V.M., Virtamo, J., Albanes, D., Weinstein, S., & Wilson, R.T. (2012). Lead, calcium uptake, and related genetic variants in association with renal cell carcinoma risk in a cohort of male finnish smokers. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 21(1), pp. 191-201. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-11-0670

  • Wilson, R.T., Roff, A.N., Dai, P.J., Fortugno, T., Douds, J., Chen, G., Grove, G.L., Nikiforova, S.O., Barnholtz-Sloan, J., Frudakis, T., Chinchilli, V.M., Hartman, T.J., Demers, L.M., Shriver, M.D., Canfield, V.A., & Cheng, K.C. (2011). Genetic ancestry., skin reflectance and pigmentation genotypes in association with serum vitamin D metabolite balance. Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation, 7(1), pp. 279-293. doi: 10.1515/HMBCI.2011.021

  • Wilson, R.T., Giroux, J., Kasicky, K.R., Fatupaito, B.H., Wood, E.C., Crichlow, R., Rhodes, N., Tingueley, J., Walling, A., Langwell, K., & Cobb, N. (2011). Breast and cervical cancer screening patterns among american indian women at ihs clinics in montana and wyoming. Public Health Reports, 126(6), pp. 806-815. doi: 10.1177/003335491112600606

  • Roff, A., Carastro, L.M., & Wilson, R.T. (2010). Corrigendum to "A novel SNP in a vitamin D response element of the CYP24A1 promoter reduces protein binding, transactivation, and gene expression" [J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol. 112 (2008) 47-54] (DOI:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2008.08.009). Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 118(1-2), p. 133. doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2009.09.003

  • Wilson, R.T., Wang, J., Chinchilli, V., Richie, J.P., Virtamo, J., Moore, L.E., & Albanes, D. (2009). Fish, vitamin D, and flavonoids in relation to renal cell cancer among smokers. American Journal of Epidemiology, 170(6), pp. 717-729. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwp178

  • Thomas, D.C., Baurley, J.W., Brown, E.E., Figueiredo, J.C., Goldstein, A., Hazra, A., Wilson, R.T., & Rothman, N. (2008). Approaches to complex pathways in molecular epidemiology: Summary of a special conference of the american association for cancer research. Cancer Research, 68(24), pp. 10028-10030. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-08-1690

  • Wiggins, C.L., Espey, D.K., Wingo, P.A., Kaur, J.S., Wilson, R.T., Swan, J., Miller, B.A., Jim, M.A., Kelly, J.J., & Lanier, A.P. (2008). Cancer among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States, 1999-2004. Cancer, 113(5 SUPPL.), pp. 1142-1152. doi: 10.1002/cncr.23734

  • Wilson, R.T., Richardson, L.C., Kelly, J.J., Kaur, J., Jim, M.A., & Lanier, A.P. (2008). Cancers of the urinary tract among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States, 1999-2004. Cancer, 113(5 SUPPL.), pp. 1213-1224. doi: 10.1002/cncr.23733

  • Wilson, R.T., Donahue, M., Gridley, G., Adami, J., Ghormli, L.E.l., & Dosemeci, M. (2008). Shared occupational risks for transitional cell cancer of the bladder and renal pelvis among men and women in Sweden. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 51(2), pp. 83-99. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20522

  • Karami, S., Brennan, P., Hung, R.J., Boffetta, P., Toro, J., Wilson, R.T., Zaridze, D., Navratilova, M., Chatterjee, N., Mates, D., Janout, V., Kollarova, H., Bencko, V., Szeszenia-Dabrowska, N., Holcatova, I., Moukeria, A., Welch, R., Chanock, S., Rothman, N., Chow, W.H., & Moore, L.E. (2008). Vitamin D receptor polymorphisms and renal cancer risk in Central and Eastern Europe. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health - Part A: Current Issues, 71(6), pp. 367-372. doi: 10.1080/15287390701798685

  • Roff, A. & Wilson, R.T. (2008). A novel SNP in a vitamin D response element of the CYP24A1 promoter reduces protein binding, transactivation, and gene expression. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 112(1-3), pp. 47-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2008.08.009

  • Wilson, R.T., Adams-Cameron, M., Burhansstipanov, L., Roubidoux, M.A., Cobb, N., Lynch, C.F., & Edwards, B.K. (2007). Disparities in breast cancer treatment among American Indian, Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White women enrolled in medicare. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18(3), pp. 648-664. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2007.0071

  • Wilson, R.T. & Wallace, R.B. (2007). Trends in hip fracture incidence in young and older adults [5]. American Journal of Public Health, 97(10), pp. 1734-1735. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.117275

  • Wilson, R.T., Chase, G.A., Chrischilles, E.A., & Wallace, R.B. (2006). Hip fracture risk among community-dwelling elderly people in the United States: A prospective study of physical, cognitive, and socioeconomic indicators. American Journal of Public Health, 96(7), pp. 1210-1218. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.077479

  • Moore, L.E., Wilson, R.T., & Campleman, S.L. (2005). Lifestyle factors, exposures, genetic susceptibility, and renal cell cancer risk: A review. Cancer Investigation, 23(3), pp. 240-255. doi: 10.1081/CNV-200055962

  • Wilson, R.T., Moore, L.E., & Dosemeci, M. (2004). Occupational Exposures and Salivary Gland Cancer Mortality among African American and White Workers in the United States. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 46(3), pp. 287-297. doi: 10.1097/01.jom.0000116802.01928.83

  • Doebbeling, B.N., Wyant, D.K., McCoy, K.D., Riggs, S., Woolson, R.F., Wagner, D., Wilson, R.T., & Lynch, C.F. (1999). Linked insurance-tumor registry database for health services research. Medical Care, 37(11), pp. 1105-1115. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199911000-00003

  • Rogers, A. & Wilson, R.T. (1996). Representing structural change in US migration patterns. Geographical Analysis, 28(1), pp. 1-17. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-4632.1996.tb00918.x

  • Rogers, A. & Wilson, R.T. (1996). Representing structural change in U.S. migration patterns. Geographical Analysis, 28(1).