Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., M.P.H.Professor and Chief, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine and the UC Davis MIND Institute; Director, Northern California Collaborative Center for the National Children’s Study; Deputy Director, UC Davis Children’s Center for Environmental Health; Principal Investigator, The CHARGE Study and The MARBLES Study


UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

Phone:  530-752-3025

Dr. Hertz-Picciotto is an internationally renowned environmental epidemiologist with over 200 publications on environmental exposures such as metals, pesticides, air pollutants and endocrine disruptors, their interactions with nutrition, and their influences on pregnancy, the newborn, and child development. In 2002, she turned her attention to autism, launching the CHARGE Study, the first large, comprehensive population-based study of environmental factors contributing to autism, and a few years later, MARBLES (Markers of Autism Risk in Babies – Learning Early Signs), to search for early environmental and biologic predictors of autism, starting in pregnancy. She also collaborates on the multi-site EARLI study, and is Director of the Northern California Center for the National Children’s Study. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto sits on editorial boards for four major scientific journals in epidemiology, environmental health, and autism, including as Associate Editor of Environment International and has held appointments on state, national and international advisory panels to organizations such as the Food Safety in Europe Working Group, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Toxicology Program, California Air Resources Board, and NIH Interagency Coordinating Committee on Autism Research. She has been elected President of two of the largest professional epidemiology societies; chaired the Expert Panel on CDC’s Vaccine Safety Database for Studies of Autism and Thimerosal; chaired National Academy of Sciences Panels on Agent Orange and Vietnam Veterans and more recently the Institute of Medicine Committee on Breast Cancer and the Environment. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto has taught epidemiologic methods on four continents and mentored 60 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. In 2011, she received the Goldsmith Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.


B.A., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 1970
M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
M.A., Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, 1989