Caroline Groth, PhD, BA

Program Director MS in Biostatistics, Assistant Professor , West Virginia University School of Public Health
Caroline Groth

Since 2012, Dr. Groth has been active with the airborne chemical exposure assessment team in the GuLF STUDY, a long-term effort to investigate the health of workers and volunteers who responded to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is leading this research. Dr. Groth’s work has been published in Spatial Statistics, Annals of Work Exposures and Health, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, JAMA Network Open, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Environmetrics.

Dr. Groth has statistical research interests in missing data, Bayesian statistics and measurement error. She is a highly collaborative researcher with interests in a variety of areas including environmental health, occupational health, toxicology, psychology, and neuroscience.

Dr. Groth actively collaborates with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). At NIOSH she advises on statistical analysis of respiratory exposures. At NIOSH Dr. Groth has contributed to research in a variety of areas including healthcare worker exposures to cleaning chemicals, COVID-19 related health outcomes and occupation (through Delphi’s COVID-19 Trends and Impacts Survey), and coffee worker exposures at coffee roasting and packaging facilities.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bachelor of Arts, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN


  • Dec 2022-present: Member of International Commission on Occupational Health’s Scientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health
  • April 2021, April 2022: West Virginia University’s School of Public Health Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (*awarded two years)
  • 2021: West Virginia University Values Coin
  • April 2021: NIOSH Alice Hamilton Paper Award in Exposure and Risk Assessment Category
  • April 2017: Delta Omega Student Inductee, National Honorary Society of Public Health