Charnley is an internationally recognized scientist specializing in
environmental health risk assessment and risk management science and policy.
She has 30 years of experience in the biological, chemical, and social policy
aspects of environmental and public health protection, writing and speaking
extensively on issues related to the roles of science and risk analysis in
environmental and public health risk management decision-making.
focuses on strategic analysis and risk communication of complex scientific and
regulatory issues to both nontechnical and scientific audiences. She works
primarily on the safety of chemicals in food, environmental media, work
environments, and consumer products. She has testified frequently on Capitol
Hill and to many state and foreign legislative and administrative bodies. She
has been the scientific spokesperson for a variety of organizations to print
and television media. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board on
Environmental Studies and Toxicology and has an appointment as a Lecturer at
the Yale School of Public Health. She has served on numerous peer review
panels convened by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug
Administration, and Health and Welfare Canada.
1994-1997 she was executive director of the Presidential/Congressional
Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management, mandated by Congress to
evaluate the roles that risk assessment and risk management play in federal
regulatory programs. Before her appointment to the Commission, she served as
director of the Toxicology and Risk Assessment Program at the National Academy
of Sciences/National Research Council. She is a lifetime fellow and a past
president of the international Society for Risk Analysis, for which she has
also served as the first Sigma Xi distinguished lecturer. She holds an AB in
biochemistry from Wellesley College and a PhD in toxicology from MIT.
Dr. Charnley's full
Curriculum Vitae is available in
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