Jason T. Harris, Ph.D. 

Research Interests/Training Areas

  • Occupational and public radiation exposure from nuclear power

  • Nuclear power reactor and environmental health physics

  • Nuclear security, nonproliferation and safeguards

  • Radiation detection and instrumentation for reactor and accelerator applications


Dr. Jason T. Harris is currently an Associate Professor of Radiological Health Sciences in the School of Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Online Education in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Radiological and Nuclear Security (CRANS). In 2018 he served as Interim Head of the School of Health Sciences. He received his BS in Biology at the University of Tampa, his MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his PhD in Health Physics from Purdue University. His research interests are in a number of areas related to environmental and reactor health physics, radiation detection and measurement, and nuclear security. Dr. Harris has authored more than 45 peer reviewed papers and proceedings and has secured more than $7 million dollars in competitive external grants and contracts from federal funding agencies, international organizations, and private foundations. He has received a number of awards including the Health Physics Society Elda Anderson Award and the Purdue University School of Health Sciences Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Dr. Harris is active in the American Nuclear Society, the Health Physics Society, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He served on the Board of Directors for the Health Physics Society from 2016-2019 and has been an International Radiation Protection Association delegate since 2004. 

Recent / Representative Publications

RANE, S., HARRIS, J., FOSS, E. and SHEFFIELD, C. Nuclear and Radiological Source Security Culture Assessment of Radiation Users at a University. Health Phys 115 4 (2018) 637-645.

HARRIS, J. and RANE, S. Assessment of Radioactive Material Security Culture at Universities and Medical Facilities. International Conference on the Security of Radioactive Material: The Way Forward for Prevention and Detection, December 3-7, 2018. Vienna, Austria.

RANE, S., and HARRIS, J. Nuclear Security Culture Assessment of Radiation Users of Nonnuclear Facilities. ANS Advances in Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology and Policy Conference 2018, September 23-27, 2018. Wilmington, North Carolina.

RANE, S., HARRIS, J., FOSS, E. and SHEFFIELD, C. Nuclear and Radiological Source Security Culture Assessment of Radiation Users at an Academic Institution. INMM 58th Annual Meeting, July 22-26, 2018. Baltimore, Maryland.

HARRIS, J., and BEAN, R. Development of a Multidisciplinary Nuclear Security Education Program at Purdue University. INMM 58th Annual Meeting, July 22-26, 2018. Baltimore, Maryland.

HARRIS, J. Innovation in Training Materials and Programs for Nuclear Safety and Security Leadership and Culture. In: Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Nuclear Training and Education, Jacksonville, FL, February 5-8, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-89448-736-1.

HARRIS, J., and WALLER, E. Initiatives to Integrate Nuclear Security with Radiation Protection Education and Training. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Education and Training in Radiological Protection

WALLER, E., HARRIS, J., and MARIANNO, C. Experiences with Teaching Nuclear Security Professional Development Courses for Health Physicists. International Journal of Nuclear Security. 2 (1): 89-97; 2016.

POUDEL, D., BREY, R., and HARRIS, J. Biokinetics of Plutonium in Nonhuman Primates. Health Phys. Health Phys. 111(4): 348-356; 2016.

KYNE, D. and HARRIS, J. A Longitudinal Study of Human Exposure to Potential Nuclear Power Plant Risk. Int J Disaster Risk Sci, December 2015, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 399-414.

HAWKLEY, G., WHICKER J., and J. HARRIS. Observations on Using Inside Air Concentrations as a Predictor of Outside Air Concentrations. Health Phys. 108(4): 465-468; 2015.

RANE, S., HARRIS, J., and V. STAROVOITOVA. 47Ca production for 47Ca/47Sc generator system using electron linacs. Radiat. Isot. 2015 Mar; 97:188-92.

WARREN, GA, KK ANDERSON, JA KULISEK, Y DANON, A WELTZ, A GAVRON, JT HARRIS, and T STEWART. 2013. “Lead Slowing Down Spectrometry Analysis of Data from Measurements on Nuclear Fuel.” Nuclear Science and Technology, Volume 179, No. 3. March 2015, Pg 264-273.

TROY UNRUH, BENJAMIN CHASE, JOY REMPE, DAVID NIGG, GEORGE IMEL, JASON HARRIS, TODD SHERMAN, JEAN-FRANCOIS VILLARD, “In-core Flux Sensor Evaluations at the ATR Critical Facility,” Nuclear Technology, MS NTECH-S-13-00170, Volume 187, No. 3. September 2014, Pg 308-315.

MACMILLAN, W., BREY, R., and HARRIS, J. Particle Size Characterization of Aerosols Generated During Surface Contaminated Concrete Demolition. Health Phys. 104(5): S83-S86; 2013.

KHALAF, M., BREY, R., HARRIS, J., DERRYBERRY, D., and G. TABATADZE. Monte Carlo Simulation of In-vivo Measurement of the Most Suitable Knee Position for the Optimal Measurement of Activity. Health Phys. 104(4): 405-412; 2013.

Harris, J. T. and Miller D. W. Radiological effluents released by U.S. commercial nuclear power plants from 1995-2006. Health Phys. 95(6): 734-743; 2008.cade.cfm?alias=cannon6

Jason Harris

Associate Professor of Health Physics

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Fax: 765-496-1377
E-mail: jtharris@purdue.edu

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