Christy Lawson, DrPH candidate in environmental epidemiology and MS candidate in biostatistics, has been appointed to the Science Board of the American Public Health Association by APHA’s Executive Board. Science Board members represent one of five core areas of public health: behavioral and social sciences, biomedical sciences and clinical practice, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and statistics, and health management and social policy.
The 16-member board participates in the association policy development process by ensuring that all APHA policy statements are evidence-based. The Science Board meets during the spring and during the Annual Meeting. The term for members of the Science Board is three years. Lawson’s term will begin in after the APHA annual meeting in October 2008.
Lawson will serve alongside scientists and physicians who have been making a mark in the field of public health for many years. The board consists of deans of professional schools, medical epidemiologists, executive directors of hospitals, and lead scientists.
Lawson is also a research coordinator at The Children’s Institute in Squirrel Hill, a position funded by the Heinz Foundation. Her career interests include using geographic information systems to provide illustrations of and conduct spatial data analyses of various environmental issues, and conducting environmental epidemiological studies of asthma and autism.