Teresa Dodd-Butera, PhD, RN/DABAT


Associate Dean of Research and Professor

Phone: (626) 815-2120

Alternative Phone: (619) 995-4057

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Monrovia Regional Site, Room #301

Teresa Dodd-Butera, PhD, RN/DABAT, is a registered nurse and a board-certified toxicologist (Diplomate, American Board of Applied Toxicology/ DABAT). She holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Concentration: Arts and Sciences, with a specialization in Molecular Toxicology and International Health; and two Master’s degrees – MSN, Nurse Educator Concentration; and MS in Public Health, Concentration: Toxicology. Her research focus is on acute and chronic exposures in pregnancy and placental toxicology. Research investigations include biomarkers, glutathione-S-transferase (GST) genotypes, and birth outcomes from exposures to lead, cadmium, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons in an obstetric population in Baja California. She is also interested in multiple factors that affect global and national maternal-child and family health issues, including families with special needs. She has traveled to Mexico, Ireland, South Africa, and Vietnam for educational and research interests. Before joining Azusa Pacific University as a public health faculty member, her leadership positions included serving as Co-Director for the Center for Health Equity, Assistant Director of the BSN program, and Graduate Coordinator for the MSN program at CSU San Bernardino. She is adjunct faculty at the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. Her teaching experience is multidisciplinary, and includes students, such as nurses, physicians, pharmacologists, toxicologists, and graduate and undergraduate public health students.


  • PhD Arts & Sciences, Specialization: Molecular Toxicology and International Health, Union Institute & University, 2008
  • MS, Nursing: Nurse Educator, Gonzaga University, 2013
  • MS, Public Health, Concentration: Toxicology, San Diego State University, 1995
  • BS, Nursing, SUNY, Downstate Medical Center, College of Nursing, 1981


  • Registered Nurse - Board of Registered Nursing State of California
  • Diplomate, American Board of Applied Toxicology

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing


  • Toxicology & Environmental Health
  • Maternal - Child and Family Health
  • Public Health, Equity, & Policy