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BSC Membership

The key role of the members of the Board of Scientific Counselors (“Board”), NCEH/ATSDR is to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS, the Director, CDC and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR. Their advice and guidance is with regard to program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities to fulfill the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health.

The BSC consists of 16 voting members and four non-voting federal expert members. NCEH/ATSDR recruits nominees through announcements they publish in the Federal Register, and through recommendations from BSC members and CDC partners and staff. The Department of Health and Human Services selects the BSC members who then serve up to four years. Federal expert members serve as representatives from four federal agencies:

  • Department of Energy
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Environmental Protection Agency

In addition, for the Board to effectively carry out its functions, the Secretary can also select additional officials of the United States Government if necessary.

Occasionally the BSC may establish subcommittees with the approval of the Secretary, HHS, or designee. The BSC will notify the Department Committee Management Officer of the establishment of each subcommittee, and will provide information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings.

Function: Provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health. The Board also provides guidance that will assist NCEH/ATSDR staff in ensuring scientific quality, timeliness, utility, and dissemination of results.


Melissa J. Perry ScD, MHS
Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology
Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health, and
Professor of Epidemiology
Milken Institute School of Public Health
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The George Washington University
Term: 2/3/14 - 6/02/17

Designated Federal Officer

William (Bill) Cibulas, PhD, MS, CAPT
Acting Associate Director for Science, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, PhD
Fred and Claire Sauer Professor, Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California
Term: 9/6/12 - 6/2/16

Hillary M. Carpenter, PhD
Term: 9/5/2012 - 6/2/2016

Julia M. Gohlke, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health-University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Term: 5/2/12 - 6/2/16

Rebecca A. Head, PhD, DABT
Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University/Health Planning CEO, RHead & Associates, LLC Term: 5/11/12 – 6/2/15

Himanshu Jani, MBA
The Coca-Cola Company, Director, Quality Safety & Environment Capability and Development
Term: 2/27/14 – 6/02/17

Ewa King, PhD
Associate Director, State Health Laboratories, Rhode Island Department of Health
Term: 5/1/12 -– 6/2/15

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD
Associate Vice President, Precision Health Sciences, Professor of Medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona
Term: 5/8/12 –- 6/2/15

Sanjay M. Ranchod, J.D.
Assistant General Counsel and Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, SolarCity Corporation
Term: 9/14/12 - 6/2/16

Matthew J Strickland, PhD MPH
Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Term: 2/3/14 - 6/02/17

Phillip L. Williams, PhD
Dean, College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Coverdell Center
Term: 2/6/14 - 6/02/17

Robert O. Wright, MD MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Director, Division of Environmental Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Term: 11/12/12 – 6/2/16

Federal Experts

Wayne E. Cascio, MD, FACC, FAHA
Director, Environmental Public Health Division
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
Office of Research and Development, US EPA
EPA Human Studies Facility

John A. Decker, CIH, RPh
Senior Scientist, Office of the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Bonnie S. Richter, MPH, PhD
Senior Epidemiologist, Office of Health and Safety. HS-13, US Department of Energy

Kristina Thayer, Ph.D.
Director, NTP Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR), NIEHS/NTP