PRESENTER BIOSGina McCarthy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Gina McCarthy is the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPAís Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment.
Previously, Ms. McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans more than 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.
Ms. McCarthy received a B.A. in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint M.S. in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.
When she is not in Washington, DC, Ms. McCarthy lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and two dogs, just a short bike ride away from their three children, Daniel, Maggie and Julie.
Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Dr. Birnbaum is the Director of the NIEHS of the NIH and the National Toxicology Program (NTP). As NIEHS and NTP Director, Dr. Birnbaum oversees a budget of $730 million that funds biomedical research to discover how the environment influences human health and disease. The Institute also supports training, education, technology transfer and community outreach. NIEHS currently funds more than 1,000 research grants.
A board certified toxicologist, Dr. Birnbaum has served as a federal scientist for nearly 34 years. Prior to her appointment as NIEHS and NTP Director in 2009, she spent 19 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she directed the largest division focusing on environmental health research. Dr. Birnbaum started her federal career with 10 years at the NIEHS, first as a senior staff fellow in the NTP, then as a principal investigator and research microbiologist, and finally as a group leader for the Institute’s Chemical Disposition Group.
Dr. Birnbaum has received many awards and recognitions. In October 2010, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. She was elected to the Collegium Ramazzini, and received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Rochester and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois. Other awards include the 2011 NIH Director’s Award, Women in Toxicology Elsevier Mentoring Award, Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award, EPA’s Health Science Achievement Award and Diversity Leadership Award, National Center for Women’s 2012 Health Policy Hero Award, Breast Cancer Fund Heroes Award, 2013 American Public Health Association Homer N. Calver Award, 2013 Children’s Environmental Health Network Child Health Advocate Award, and 14 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards, which reflect the recommendations of EPA’s external Science Advisory Board, for specific publications.
She is the author of more than 600 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and reports. Dr. Birnbaum’s own research focuses on the pharmacokinetic behavior of environmental chemicals; mechanisms of action of toxicants, including endocrine disruption; and linking of real-world exposures to health effects. She is also an adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Curriculum in Toxicology, and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program at Duke University.
Lek Kadeli, M.A.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD)
Mr. Kadeli is the Acting Assistant Administrator in EPA’s ORD. He has more than 29 years of management experience in both government and the private sector, with broad experience in leading organizational change and improvement, policy development, resource management, information management, and technology. Mr. Kadeli began his EPA career in 1990 as an analyst in the Office of the Comptroller, and also served as the Senior Budget Officer in EPA’s Office of International Activities. He moved to ORD in 1993 to serve as Chief of Resource Planning and Program Coordination, and in 1998 served as the Acting Deputy Director of ORD’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He was the director of ORD’s Office of Resources Management and Administration from 2001 to 2005 before becoming the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management. He previously served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for ORD from January through December of 2009.
Mr. Kadeli received two of the Agency’s highest awards for exemplary service: a Gold Medal for Distinguished Service and the Lee Thomas Award for Excellence in Management. Mr. Kadeli graduated from George Mason University in 1983 with a B.A. in International Relations. In 1986, he earned an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Gail C. Christopher, DN
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Dr. Christopher is Vice President for Program Strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In this role, she leads the Food, Health and Well-Being, Racial Equity, Community and Civic Engagement and Leadership programming.
Dr. Christopher is a nationally recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise and experience in the issues related to social determinants of health, health disparities and public policy issues of concern to our Nation’s future. She has more than 20 years of experience in designing and managing national initiatives and nonprofit organizations. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in creating a comprehensive approach to well-being and is nationally recognized for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. Her distinguished career and contributions to public service were honored in 1996 when she was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. A prolific writer and presenter, Dr. Christopher is the author or co-author of three books, a monthly column in the Federal Times, and more than 250 articles, presentations and publications.
Dr. Christopher holds a Doctorate of Naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy in Illinois and completed advanced study in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in holistic health and clinical nutrition at the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities at Union Graduate School of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Trust for America’s Health.
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.
Ecologist, author and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health. Dr. Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first study to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and won praise from international media.
Dr. Steingraber’s second book, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, explores the intimate ecology of motherhood. Both a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation of fetal toxicology, Having Faith reveals the extent to which environmental hazards now threaten each stage of infant development and was featured in a PBS documentary by Bill Moyers. Called “a poet with a knife” by Sojourner magazine, Dr. Steingraber is the recipient of many prestigious awards, and the Sierra Club has heralded her as “the new Rachel Carson.” An enthusiastic and sought-after public speaker, Dr. Steingraber also has keynoted at conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada, including at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia and the Woods Hole Research Center. Interviews with Dr. Steingraber have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, andon National Public Radio, “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.”
Randy Olson, Ph.D.
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California (USC)
Dr. Olson is the writer/director of the feature films Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus, (Tribeca ‘06, Showtime ‘07), Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy (Outfest ‘08), and author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style (Island Press ‘09).
Dr. Olson’s work focuses on the challenges involved in communicating science to the general public and on the current attacks on mainstream science in fields such as evolution and climate science. He is a former marine biologist (Ph.D., Harvard University) who achieved tenure at the University of New Hampshire before changing careers to filmmaking by obtaining an M.F.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern California (USC). He is an adjunct faculty member with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC. His production company, Prairie Starfish Productions, is based at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Ms. Trovato is the Associate Assistant Administrator for the EPAís Office of Research and Development. During her career at the EPA, Ms. Trovato has had the opportunity to work in seven major organizations at headquarters: Office of Research and Development, Office of the Administrator, Office of Water, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Environmental Information, and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. She also worked in Region 3.
Ms. Trovato has received several awards that are particularly noteworthy. During her government service she was recognized with the Distinguished Career Award in recognition of extraordinary leadership and exceptional dedication in serving the American people; the Presidentís Meritorious Executive Rank Award for leadership for achieving results in environmental and public health protection, and for building strong coalitions and partnerships to achieve environmental and public health goals; the EPAís Silver Medal for developing the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference; and the Presidentís Award of the Association of Public Health Laboratories for meritorious service to public health laboratories. In 2005, she received EPAís Childrenís Environmental Health Champion Award. During this time, Ms. Trovato worked on many complex environmental issues with many thoughtful, professional, and hard-working people to find solutions that were protective of the environment and public health, and cost effective. She is most proud of her work in protecting and promoting childrenís health; finding a safe solution for disposal of low-level, transuranic waste; consolidating eight different Clean Water Act penalty policies; developing and implementing the comprehensive State ground water protection program; working with the private sector and states to make the best and highest use of properties cleaned up under the Superfund program; enhancing the IT departmentís commitment to service through improved understanding of program needs; nurturing, developing and implementing the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program; and working to assure that the country has the environmental laboratory capability and capacity to respond to emergencies related to homeland security.
Ms. Trovato received a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1974. She undertook additional studies in chemistry, facilitation, negotiation, information technology management, management and leadership throughout her career.
James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD)
Dr. Johnson is the Director of the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) at EPA’s ORD. In this role,
Dr. Johnson continues a life-long career dedicated to sustaining and advancing scientific research and education initiatives supporting environmental protection, quality of life programs and policies, and environmental workforce development.
Dr. Johnson has served on numerous committees and boards for the National Academies, EPA and academic institutions. He is a member of the Anne Arundel Community College (MD) Board of Trustees, and is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Dean Emeritus of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University.
Dr. Johnson earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Howard University, M.S. from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from the University of Delaware. He is the 2005 recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers’ Lifetime Achievement Award in Academia and the 2008 Water Environment Federation Gordon Maskew Fair Award. His research interests include the treatment and disposal of hazardous substances, the use of nanomaterials for environmental restoration, the evaluation of environmental policy issues in relation to minorities, and the development of environmental curricula and strategies to increase the pool of underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
Kenneth Olden, Sc.D., L.H.D.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA)
Dr. Olden joined NCEA in July 2012 with a strong legacy of promoting scientific excellence in environmental health. From 1991 to 2005, he served as the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He made history in this role as the first African-American to direct one of the National Institutes of Health. In 2005, he returned to his research position as chief of the Metastasis Group in the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis at the NIEHS, and for academic year 2006–2007, held the position of Yerby Visiting Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Most recently, Dr. Olden served as the Founding Dean of the School of Public Health at Hunter College, City University of New York. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed literature, chaired or co-chaired numerous national and international meetings, and has been an invited speaker, often as keynote, at more than 200 symposia. He has won a long list of honors and awards, including the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award for sustained extraordinary accomplishments, the Toxicology Forum’s Distinguished Fellow Award, the HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the American College of Toxicology’s First Distinguished Service Award and the National Minority Health Leadership Award.
Alone among Institute directors, he was awarded three of the most prestigious awards in public health: the Calver Award (2002), the Sedgwick Medal (2004) and the Julius B. Richmond Award (2005). Most recently, he received the Cato T. Laurencin M.D., Ph.D. Lifetime Research Award from the National Medical Association Institute, the largest and oldest national organization representing African-American physicians and their patients in the United States. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences in 1994 and appointed member of the Visiting Committee for the Harvard University Board of Overseers from 2007 to 2010.
Dr. Olden holds the following degrees:
- Temple University, Philadelphia, Ph.D., Cell Biology and Biochemistry, 1970.
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.S., Genetics.
- Knoxville College, B.S., Biology.
Additionally, Dr. Olden has numerous honorary degrees from several prestigious colleges and universities.
Richard Auten, M.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Auten received his Bachelor of Arts and medical degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After training in pediatrics at the University of Rochester, he practiced as a pediatrician for 3 years and returned to the University of Rochester for a neonatal medicine fellowship. He joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics in 1990 and is now a Professor of Pediatrics. His research interests have focused on the mechanisms of neonatal lung injury, as well as the interaction between fetal inflammatory exposures and abnormal postnatal development. His research has been supported by the American Lung Association, the Children’s Miracle Network, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health and the March of Dimes, as well as industry contracts. He is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology and the American Journal of Perinatology.
Susan Buchanan, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Illinois Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Dr. Buchanan is the Director of the Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health, which is the federally funded Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5. She also is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
Dr. Buchanan graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a Family Medicine residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. After 9 years of clinical Family Medicine practice, she sought additional training and board certification in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, where she teaches and conducts research on prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants. She is Director of the UIC residency program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Antonia Calafat, Ph.D.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Calafat is the Chief of the Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch at the Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health of the CDC. She earned her Bachelorís, Masterís and Doctoral degrees in Chemistry from the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain). Prior to her career at CDC, she was a Fulbright Scholar and a Research Associate at Emory University. She currently leads CDCís biomonitoring programs for assessing human exposure to pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and persistent organic pollutants such as polyfluoroalkyl compounds. She also leads CDCís biomonitoring programs for polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, furans, biphenyls and chemicals added to consumer and personal care products, such as phthalates and phenols (e.g., bisphenol A, triclosan and parabens). She has developed and maintained extensive collaborative research with leading scientists in the fields of exposure science, epidemiology, toxicology and health assessment. Her research has made relevant contributions to CDCís biomonitoring program, including the CDCís National Reports on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.
Lisa Cicutto , Ph.D., R.N.
National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Denver Children’s Environmental Health Center
Dr. Cicutto directs the Clinical Science Program at the University of Colorado Denver and is currently the Director of Community Outreach and Research at National Jewish Health and Co-Director of the Community Outreach and Translation Core of the Denver Children’s Environmental Health Center funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In her role, she is dedicated to reducing the lung health burden of communities through the translation and uptake of the best available research and evidence. She has more than 20 years of experience working in community settings—primarily schools, child-care settings and homes—to develop, implement and evaluate programs that are responsive to community needs while being evidence-based and supportive of the partnerships that often are needed with health care providers. One of the school-based asthma education programs of which she led the development, implementation and evaluation is now a mandated program in Ontario Public Health.
Gwen W. Collman, Ph.D.
Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Dr. Collman is Director of the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training where she leads approximately 60 professional staff in areas of scientific program administration, peer review, and the management and administration of about 1,500 active grants each year. She directs scientific activities across the field of environmental health sciences, including basic sciences (i.e., DNA repair, epigenetics, environmental genomics), organ-specific toxicology (i.e., reproductive, neurotoxicology, respiratory), public health-related programs (i.e., environmental epidemiology, environmental public health), and training and career development. She also oversees the implementation of the Superfund Research Program and the Worker Education and Training Program.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Collman served in program development and management, beginning in 1992 as a member, then as Chief, of the Susceptibility and Population Health Branch. During this time, she directed research on the role of genetic and environmental factors on the development of human disease, from animal models of genetic susceptibility to population studies focusing on etiology and intervention. She was responsible for building the NIEHS grant portfolio in environmental and molecular epidemiology, and developed several complex multidisciplinary research programs. These include the NIEHS Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers Program; the NIEHS/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention; and the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative. Also under her guidance, a team created a vision for the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health programs for the next decade.
Deborah A. Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr. Cory-Slechta is currently a Professor of Environmental Medicine and Pediatrics; former Dean for Research, Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Rochester Medical School; and former Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) of Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dr. Cory-Slechta has served on the editorial boards of Neurotoxicology, Toxicology, Toxicological Sciences, Fundamental and Applied Toxicology, Neurotoxicology and Teratology, and the American Journal of Mental Retardation. She also has servedin elected positions as President of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology, and President of the Behavioral Toxicology Society, and been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Her research on the role of environmental neurotoxicants in developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases has resulted in more than 150 papers and book chapters to date.
Kathryn Cottingham, Ph.D .
Dr. Cottingham is an ecologist and biostatistician who began working on children’s exposure to arsenic as part of Dartmouth’s formative Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research. She led the 3-year pilot project investigating how infants born to the women in the prospective New Hampshire Birth Cohort (NHBC) are exposed to arsenic via both food and water and currently co-leads an ongoing exposure assessment that will be used to quantify effects of arsenic on growth and neurodevelopment through age 5. Dr. Cottingham and colleagues have conducted market-basket surveys of arsenic concentrations in infant formulas and weaning foods, evaluated associations between rice consumption and short- and long-term biomarkers of arsenic exposure, and quantified the relative exposure of infants in the NHBC to arsenic via breast milk versus formula. Their ongoing work includes assessing infant exposure to arsenic via rice cereal and other high-arsenic foods during weaning.
Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H.
Consumer Reports Foods Safety and Sustainability Center
Dr. Crupain is an Associate Director of the Consumer Reports Safety and Sustainability group and directs food safety testing for the Consumer Reports Foods Safety and Sustainability Center. He is interested in the intersection of food, agriculture and health policy, and is board-certified in Preventive Medicine. He completed his medical training at New York Medical College and residency at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also teaches.
Kim Dietrich, Ph.D., M.A.
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health
Dr. Dietrich is a lifespan developmental neuropsychologist and Professor of Environmental Health, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Associate Director of the Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health training program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Dietrich has served as a consultant to numerous national and international organizations concerned with the impact of environmental chemical exposures on the health and development of young children. He is the author of the Cincinnati Lead Study, the longest running longitudinal prospective investigation of lead and child neuropsychological and behavioral development. Over the course of his nearly 40-year-long career in pediatric neuroepidemiology, he has examined the impact of a wide variety of early environmental chemical and social influences on infant, child, adolescent and adult development.
Gregory Diette , M.D., M.H.S.
The Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Diette is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences. He is a pulmonologist with a practice devoted to the care of patients with obstructive lung diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He has an extensive portfolio of patient-based research in asthma and COPD, supported by the National Institutes of Health and other sponsors. Dr. Diette’s current research focuses on identifying factors that cause or provoke asthma with special interest in air pollutants (particulate matter, NO2, secondhand smoke) and allergens (including mouse) that are especially problematic in inner-city homes. His research includes the effects of these pollutants and allergens on inflammation and oxidative stress. More recently, his research has been examining how dietary patterns, especially a Western-style diet, may increase susceptibility to inhalable pollutants and allergens.
Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D.
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Dr. Dolinoy serves as the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health and leads the Environmental Epigenetics and Nutrition Laboratory, which investigates how nutritional and environmental factors interact with epigenetic gene regulation to shape health and disease. Dr. Dolinoy is as an investigator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences-funded UM Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, investigating early exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), lead and phthalates; epigenetics; and later-in-life body weight and hormone outcomes. In 2011, Dr. Dolinoy received the Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award from the American Society for Nutrition and the Classic Paper of the Year Award from Environmental Health Perspectives.
Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D., M.A.
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Eskenazi is the Jennifer and Brian Maxwell Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a neuropsychologist and epidemiologist whose long-standing research interest has been the effects of toxicants, including lead, solvents, environmental tobacco smoke, dioxin and pesticides, on human reproduction (both male and female) and child development. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of an National Institutes of Health/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center for Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health Research and its keystone project, CHAMACOS, which investigates the exposure pathways and health effects of pesticide exposure in farmworkers and their children and develops interventions to prevent future exposure. She is currently investigating associations between pubertal development and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including flame retardants and pesticides, in children of the CHAMACOS cohort. Dr. Eskenazi was also the PI on a grant aimed at understanding the effects of U.S.-Mexico migration on childhood obesity; she conducted research on food insecurity, obesity and maternal perception of child weight. She also is the PI on other National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded projects
on endocrine disruption: one based in Seveso, Italy, investigating the reproductive health of a cohort of women exposed to high levels of dioxin by studying the age of onset of menarche among other endpoints; and another examining the effects of persistent and nonpersistent endocrine disruptors on neurodevelopment. Dr. Eskenazi has just begun the VHEMBE study of the health effects of pyrethroids and DDT to children living in areas of South Africa sprayed for malaria control. Dr. Eskenazi recently has been awarded the LiKaShing Award and the John R. Goldsmith Award for lifetime achievement in environmental epidemiology.
Maida Galvez, M.D., M.P.H.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Galvez is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She directs the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Mount Sinai. She was Co-Principal Investigator and designated New Investigator of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-funded Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center community-based project, Growing Up Healthy in East Harlem. She is a co-investigator, responsible for pubertal staging methodology, in the national consortium of Breast Cancer Environment Research Centers and lead pediatrician in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded IMPACT Diabetes project. Dr. Galvez currently serves on the EPA federal advisory board for the Office of Children’s Health Protection, on the EPA Scientific Advisory Board Human Health Committee and as President of District 2 Chapter 3 of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Kim Harley, Ph.D.
Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
Dr. Harley is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Public Health at UCB. She is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist whose research focuses on the association between endocrine-disrupting chemicals and child development, including neurodevelopment, obesity and the onset of puberty. Dr. Harley also is Associate Director for Health Effects of UCB’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) and coordinates the CHAMACOS Study of immigrant farmworker women and their children living in the Salinas Valley. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental chemical exposures to mothers and children living in a migrant farm worker community. Her work has focused on the reproductive and developmental effects of bisphenol A (BPA), PBDEs, DDT and organophosphate pesticides.
Elizabeth Matsui, M.D., M.H.S.
Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC), The Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Matsui’s research program focuses on the clinical investigation of allergen and pollutant exposure and allergic airways disease. She also is a practicing pediatric allergist/immunologist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and has directed The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center’s Data Management and Analysis Core for the past 7 years. She serves as the Project Leader for the Hopkins Children’s Center, directing studies focused on the effect of dietary interventions on asthma. In addition to her roles in the Hopkins Children’s Center, she is a Co-Investigator in the Inner-City Asthma Consortium, a Co-Investigator on an R01-funded prospective cohort study of mouse workers at The Jackson Laboratory and the Principal Investigator of a U01-funded, multicenter clinical trial of home mouse allergen abatement in mouse-allergic children with asthma.
Pam Maxson, Ph.D.
Southern Center on Environmentally Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes, Duke University
Dr. Maxson is the Research Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. She is the Project Manager for the Southern Center on Environmentally Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes (SCEDDBO), as well as the Director of its Community Outreach and Translational Core. Dr. Maxson’s research interests lie in the influence of chemical and nonchemical stressors on pregnancy and childhood outcomes. She has extensive experience collaborating with physicians, research scientists and the community on the interface of research and practice in health and the environment.
Dr. Mark Miller, M.D., M.P.H.
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the UCSF and the Director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU). He is a Public Health Medical Officer and the Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Program for the California Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. He also works with the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). He completed his M.D. degree and pediatric residency from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, an M.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences from UCB, and a residency in Preventive Medicine with the California Department of Health Services. Dr. Miller spent 13 years as a pediatrician in private practice in Chico, California. He is a founding member and on the Board of Councilors of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment. His articles on pediatric environmental health issues have appeared in such publications as Pediatrics, Environmental Health Perspectives and the Handbook of Pediatric Environmental Health (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Nicholas Newman, D.O., M.S.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/University of Cincinnati Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)
Dr. Newman is a board-certified pediatrician and occupational/ environmental medicine physician and the Site Director of the Region 5 PEHSU Satellite at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Newman is interested in understanding the effects of common environmental toxicants on children and in translating this information into actions that will improve children’s health.
Jerome A. Paulson, M.D.
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Dr. Paulson is a Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at The George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services.
Dr. Paulson is the Medical Director for National and Global Affairs of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at the Children’s National Medical Center. He is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and of the Environmental Health Track at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. Paulson is the chairperson of the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also serves on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was a recipient of a Soros Advocacy Fellowship for Physicians from the Open Society Institute; worked with the Children’s Environmental Health Network; and has served as a Special Assistant to the Director of the National Center on Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working on children’s environmental health issues. He has developed several new courses for The George Washington School of Public Health about children’s health and the environment. He is the editor of the October 2001 and the February and April 2007 editions of Pediatric Clinics of North America on children’s environmental health.
Frederica Perera, Dr.P.H., Ph.D.
Columbia University Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC)
Dr. Perera is a Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she serves as Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Dr. Perera is internationally recognized for pioneering the field of molecular epidemiology, utilizing biomarkers to understand links between environmental exposures and disease. Currently, she and her colleagues are applying advanced molecular and imaging techniques within longitudinal cohort studies of pregnant women and their children, with the goal of identifying preventable risk factors for developmental disorders, asthma, obesity and cancer in childhood. Her areas of specialization include prevention of environmental risks to children, molecular epidemiology, disease prevention, environment-susceptibility interactions, and risk assessment. She is the author of more than 300 publications, including 260 peer reviewed articles, and has received numerous honors, including First Irving J. Selikoff Cancer Research Award, The Ramazzini Institute (1995); The Century Club Award Newsweek (1997); First Children’s Environmental Health Award, The Pew Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (1999); Distinguished Lecturer, Occupational and Environmental Cancer, National Cancer Institute (2002); Doctoris Honoris Causa, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (2004); Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2005); and the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) Award (2008).
Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Quirós-Alcalá is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores the effects of environmental contaminants on women’s and children’s health and evaluates factors related to exposures in susceptible populations. Her current research focuses on bisphenol A exposure in Latino mothers and children, and studying the effects of current-use pesticides on brain and nervous system development in children.
Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D.
Consumer Reports’ Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group
Dr. Rangan is an environmental health scientist and toxicologist. She leads Consumer Reports’ Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group and serves as the Executive Director of its Food Safety and Sustainability Center. Dr. Rangan oversees all of Consumer Reports’ safety testing projects and risk assessments. She serves as the lead spokesperson on these issues, translating complex scientific concepts into actionable consumer advice and policy recommendations. She has expertise in food safety issues, food labeling, risk assessment and sustainable production practices. In addition to appearing frequently in major news outlets, she testifies to government bodies, has given lectures at various universities and conferences, and has directly challenged critics of a sustainable food system.
Virginia Rauh, Sc.D.
Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Dr. Rauh is Professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and Deputy Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. She is a perinatal epidemiologist with a focus on the adverse impact of exposure to air pollutants, including secondhand smoke and pesticides, on pregnancy and child health. She has been the Principal Investigator on numerous major research projects, including the impact of organophosphorus insecticides and secondhand smoke on child neurodevelopment and structural brain abnormalities (MRI); a randomized intervention trial for low-birth weight infants; a multisite study of lifestyles in pregnancy; a study of developmental outcomes of children born to inner-city adolescent mothers; a multilevel analysis of the impact of Head Start on New York City school children; and a study of links between race, stressors and preterm birth. She serves on numerous national committees, including advisory groups at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Scientific Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Sheela Sathyanarayana, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Dr. Sathyanarayana is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Sathyanarayana serves as the Co-Director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) in Region 10, where she performs environmental health consults for health care professionals, government entities and individual families related to environmental exposures and children’s health. Her research interests focus on exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including phthalates and bisphenol A, and their impact on reproductive development. Currently, Dr. Sathyanarayana is the Center Director and Clinical Director for The Infant Development and Environment Study, which is a multicenter cohort study of phthalate exposures in pregnancy and health outcomes in children. She recently was named Outstanding New Investigator within the University of Washington Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH). She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee.
Patrice Sutton, M.P.H.
Children’s Environmental Health Research Center, University of California, San Francisco
Ms. Sutton is a Research Scientist at the University of California, San Francisco, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). She is the Director of PRHE’s Community Outreach and Translation Core, spearheading collaborative efforts to advance reproductive environmental health in clinical and policy arenas. Ms. Sutton has more than 25 years of experience in occupational and environmental health research, industrial hygiene, public health practice, policy development, and community-based advocacy. As a contractor to California’s State Health Department from 1987 to 2006, she was responsible for conducting all aspects of research investigations that spanned a disparate range of issues, including lead poisoning, tuberculosis, asthma and pesticide-related illness. She has extensive experience in collaborating with directly impacted workplace and community-based populations, labor, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the development of research strategies and policy recommendations to protect public health.
Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Center for Children’s Environmental Health, University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
Dr. Van de Water joined the faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, in 1999. In 2000, she also joined the faculty of the newly formed UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute when she began her research on the immunobiology of autism.
Dr. Van de Water’s laboratory pursues research programs pertaining to autoimmune and clinical immune-based disorders, including the biological aspects of autism spectrum disorders. The application of Dr. Van de Water’s immunopathology background has been instrumental in the dissection of the immune anomalies noted in some individuals with autism, and in the differentiation of various autism behavioral phenotypes at a biological level. Dr. Van de Water is currently the Director of the NIEHS-funded Center for Children’s Environmental Health at UC Davis, investigating potential environmental risk factors contributing to the incidence and severity of childhood autism.
Joseph L. Wiemels, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)/University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Dr. Wiemels is a Professor of Epidemiology at University of California, San Francisco. He did a postdoctoral fellowship studying the etiology of childhood leukemia in the United Kingdom. Returning to California in 2000, Dr. Wiemels has been a faculty member at UCSF and working with UCB colleagues on the California Childhood Leukemia Study, as well as spearheading other efforts at UCSF aimed at understanding the causes of brain cancer, meningioma, and skin and pancreatic cancers. He works to build connections between epidemiology and molecular genetics, and define the stepwise progression of cancer and the body’s own attempts to react against tumors.