Gail Charnley, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health


Dr. Gail Charnley specializes 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 democracy in environmental and public health decision-making. Dr. Charnley focuses on the strategic risk management of complex scientific issues related to, for example, the design and implementation of regulatory programs in the United States and Europe, and on promoting a role for science and analysis in regulatory agendas worldwide.

She recently served on two National Academy of Sciences committees, one convened to improve the regulation of low-level nuclear waste disposal and one convened to provide guidance to the US Environmental Protection Agency on the future of toxicity testing and risk analysis. She has also served on and chaired several US Army Science Advisory Board committees that evaluated science- and technology-based policies and practices in the Army and on numerous peer review panels convened by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and Health and Welfare Canada. In 2011 she was appointed Lecturer by the Yale School of Public Health.

Education & Training

PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984)

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