College of Nursing

Phillip Butterfield

Phillip Butterfield

Associate Research Professor
Phillip Butterfield
Associate Research Professor
SNRS 445
(509) 324-7209
(509) 324-7341
WSU College of Nursing
SNRS 445
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Phillip Butterfield is an Associate Research Professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University. He currently assists in the management of research grants and the development of budgets and subcontracts for faculty as part of his responsibilities for the Office of Research. His research has included directing the Grant County, WA, Vanguard study site of the National Children’s Study. He has assisted in the study of environmental health of children in rural homes, and in particular their exposures from drinking groundwater. His research in environmental engineering has focused on the role biofilm plays in drinking water quality as well as in certain human diseases. He has developed comprehensive tools to assist operators and managers of small water systems to protect public health by determining where their systems have the greatest potential for microbial contamination.


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • MS, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO


Butterfield, P.G., Hill, W., Postma, J., Butterfield, P.W., Odom-Maryon, T. 2011. Effectiveness of a household environmental health intervention delivered by rural public health nurses. American Journal of Public Health, 101(Suppl1), S262-S270.

Postma, J., Butterfield, P.W., Odom-Maryon, T., Hill, W., Butterfield, P. 2011Rural children’s exposure to well water contaminants: Implications in light of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent policy statement. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23(5), 258-265.

Butterfield, P.G, Postma, J., and the ERRNIE research team. 2009. The TERRA framework: Conceptualizing rural environmental health inequities through an environmental justice lens. Advances in Nursing Science, 32(2), 107-117.

Banin, Ehud., Lozinski, A. Brady, K.M., Berenshtein, E., Butterfield, P.W., Moshe, M., Chevion, M., Greenberg, E.P., and Banin, Eyal. 2008. The potential of desferrioxamine-gallium as an anti-Pseudomonas therapeutic agent. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 105(43), 16761-16766.

Borch, T., Camper, A.K., Biederman, J.A., Butterfield, P.W. Gerlach, R. and Amonette, J.E. 2008. Evaluation of Characterization Techniques for Iron Pipe Corrosion Products and Iron Oxide Thin Films. Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE, 134(10), 835-844.

Butterfield, P.W. and Camper, A.K. 2004. Development of a Toolbox to Assess Microbial Contamination Risks in Small Water Systems. Journal of Water and Health, 2(4), 217-232.

Butterfield, P.G. and Butterfield, P.W. 2003. Pesticide exposure: Risk and treatment strategies. In Environmental Health and Nursing Practice, Sattler, B. and Lipscomb, J. (Eds.), Springer Publishing Company, New York.

Butterfield, Phillip W., Camper, A.K., Biederman, J.A., and Bargmeyer, A.M. 2002. Minimizing Biofilm in the Presence of Iron Oxides and Humic Substances. Water Research 36(15), 3898-4405.

Butterfield, Phillip W., Camper, A.K., Ellis, B.D. and Jones, W.L. 2002. Chlorination of Model Drinking Water Biofilm: Implications for Growth and Organic Carbon Removal. Water Research, 36(17), 4391-4405.

updated 2/8/16

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