Irva Hertz-Picciotto, PhD: Dr. Hertz-Picciotto is the director of the EARLI Network Sacramento Valley Field Site and is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She has published widely on environmental exposures such as lead, arsenic, pesticides, PCBs, PBDEs, and air pollution and their effects on pregnancy and early childhood respiratory health and neurodevelopment, including autism and cognitive deficits. She is also an expert on theory and methods for epidemiologic research. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto directs the CHARGE – Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment – Study, the MARBLES – Markers of Autism Risk in Babies-Learning Early Signs – Study and has conducted large international cohort studies on pregnancy outcomes, childhood morbidity, immune markers, and neurodevelopment in polluted areas of Mexico, Chile, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto has served on scientific advisory panels at the state, national and international level. She is currently Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Deputy Director of the UC Davis Center for Children's Environmental Health and Director of the Northern California Collaborative for the National Children’s Study. She has taught epidemiology on four continents.
Deborah Bennett, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Environmental and Occupational Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Bennett’s research focuses on the fate, transport, and exposure of chemicals in both the indoor and multimedia environments within the context of both environmental risk assessment and environmental epidemiology. Her work utilizes both modeling and measurement techniques, bridging the gap between these two lines of inquiry. Current research interests include exposure to pesticides from indoor uses, relating environmental measures to biological measures for flame retardants, exposures and resulting risks from hazardous air pollutants, supporting exposure assessments in Autism studies, quantifying intake fraction and exposures to agricultural workers. Dr. Bennett received the Early Career Award from the International Society of Exposure Assessment and was an EPA STAR Fellow. She has served on an EPA Science Advisory Board committee as well as other EPA committees and was a US representative to OECD/UNEP Workshop on the use of Multimedia models. She serves as the treasurer for the International Society for Exposure Assessment. Dr. Bennett received her doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, worked as a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and was a member of the faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D
., is an Endowed Professor and the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California – Davis. Her current research focuses on very young children with autism. She is studying the onset of autism in a prospective investigation that follows high-risk infants from birth through age 3. She is also studying risk factors, both biological and behavioral, for autistic regression. Dr. Ozonoff has written over a hundred peer-reviewed publications and chapters on these topics, as well as three books (A Parents’ Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, Guilford Press, 2002; Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Research Review for Practitioners, American Psychiatric Press, 2003; Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Guilford Press, 2008). Her work has been showcased on the television news show 60 Minutes
, as well as in many local and national newspapers. Dr. Ozonoff serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Autism Research.
Cheryl Walker, MD: Dr. Walker is an Obstetrician / Gynecologist by training and Co-Principal Investigator for the EARLI Network Sacramento Valley Field Site. She received her medical degree from UCSF, and remained at that institution for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Immunology. She worked on STD / HIV epidemiology and prevention in Uganda for three years before returning to a series of faculty positions leading to her current one at the University of California at Davis. She has published in the field of reproductive tract infections, and served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and on scientific advisory panels at the state, national and international level. She is a co-investigator on several large epidemiologic projects including the CHARGE – Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment - Study, the MARBLES – Markers of Autism Risk in Babies-Learning Early Signs - Study, and the Northern California Collaborative for the National Children’s Study. Her research focuses on the identification and prevention of adverse outcomes in pregnancy, including autism.