Dr. Gouge manages an applied research and Extension program focused on pest ecology and reduced-hazard management of medically significant arthropods and commensal rodents. She serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an appointed core member of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, a federal advisory committee providing guidance on pesticide regulatory, policy, and program implementation. Dr. Gouge co-directs the National School IPM Steering Committee, which formed to provide a focal point for interactive communication and collaboration of school community stakeholders throughout the U.S. Dr. Gouge also co-directs the Arizona Vector Think Tank which meets to collaborate on vector priorities in the state of Arizona and support students engaged in vector research. She is a member of the Pesticide Risk Management Alliance and Arizona Arboviral Workgroup.
Integrated Extension and research efforts include IPM implementation programs in low-income housing, public schools, medical facilities, and operational research aimed at improving mosquito, tick, and commensal rodent management, reducing risks posed by vectors. Dr. Gouge supports state and government agencies regarding public health pest issues and provides technical support for industry members including environmental health professionals and pest management professionals.