Lynn R. Goldman

Dean Lynn Goldman

Lynn R. Goldman

M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health; Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health

Full-time Faculty

School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Environmental and Occupational Health


Office Phone: 202-994-5179
Milken Institute School of Public Health 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW #702 Washington DC 20052

Dr. Goldman, a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Formerly the Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she oversaw the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, she is a renowned expert in pediatric environmental health and chemicals and pesticides policy. She has engaged in translating research to policy through writing policy analyses and via Congressional testimony in service of successful efforts by Congress to achieve passage of reforms both to federal pesticide law (the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act) and federal chemicals law (the 2016 Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century) as well as legislation to establish California’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

She was previously Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (as well as other positions) at the California Department of Public Health.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and has received the NAM Walsh McDermott Award for service to the academy. She is a recipient of the Heinz Award for Global Environmental Change and the American Public Health Association Environment Section’s Homer M. Calver Award. Currently, she serves on the National Research Council (NRC) Environmental Health Matters Initiative and is a Trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund.

Dr. Goldman holds a BS and MS from UC Berkeley, an MD from UCSF; an MPH from Johns Hopkins University; and completed pediatric residency training at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She has received alumna awards from Johns Hopkins University (Woodrow Wilson Award for Excellence in Government and election to the Society of Scholars); University of California San Francisco (UCSF) (150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award); and the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health (Alumna of the Year and its Influential Alumni Award).

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Children's Health

Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental Health Policy

Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Preparedness



Bachelor of Science (Conservation of Natural Resources), University of California at Berkeley, 1976

Master of Science (Health and Medical Science), University of California at Berkeley, 1979

Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1981

Doctor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1981


A complete list of my publications can be found: here

  • Prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke leads to increased mitochondrial DNA content in umbilical cord serum associated to reduced gestational age. 
    Pirini F, Goldman LR, Soudry E, Mancinelli A, Unger H, Yudin T, Deschamps J, Halden RU, Witter F, Sidransky D, Guerrero-Preston R.  International Journal of Environmental Health Research 27:52-67, doi: 10.1080/09603123.2016.1268677. PubMed PMID: 28002977, 2017.

  • Methyl mercury, but not inorganic mercury, associated with blood pressure during pregnancy. 
    Wells EM, Herbstman J, Lin YH, Hibbeln JR, Halden RU, Witter FR, Goldman LR. Environmental Research 154:247-52, doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.01.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28110211, 2017.
  • Cord blood methylmercury and fetal growth outcomes in Baltimore newborns: Potential confounding and effect modification by omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and sex.
    Wells EM, Herbstman J, Lin YH, Jarrett J, Verdon C, Ward C, Caldwell K., Hibbeln JR, Witter FR, Halden RU, Goldman LR.  
    Environmental Health Perspectives. 124:3, doi: 10.1289/ehp.1408596. PMID: 26115160; PMCID: PMC4786979, 2016.
  • Concluding commentary: Children in all cancer prevention policy decisions. 
    Bearer CF, Goldman L.  Pediatrics Nov 2016, 138 (Supplement 1) S98-S100; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-4268O, PMID: 27940984, 2016.
  • Putting the health of communities and populations first.  
    Goldman LR, Kumanyika SK, Shah NR.   JAMA 316 (16), 1649-1650, doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.14800. PMID: 27668815, 2016.
  • Drinking water system, treatment, and contamination in Shatila Refugee Camp in Beirut, Lebanon. 
     Khoury S, Graczyk T, Burnham G, Jurdi M, Goldman LR.  Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 22:568-78, PMID: 27834438, 2016.
  • Elucidating the molecular basis of adverse health effects from exposure to anthropogenic polyfluorinated compounds using toxicoproteomic approaches.
    Hansmeier N, Chao TC, Herbstman JB, Goldman LR, Witter FR, Halden RU. Journal of Proteome Research. 14;1: 51-58, 2015.
  • Optimal exposure biomarkers for nonpersistent chemicals in environmental epidemiology.
    Calafat AM, Longnecker MP, Koch HM, Swan SH, Hauser R, Goldman LR, Lanphear BP, Rudel RA, Engel SM, Teitelbaum SL, Whyatt RM, Wolff MS.
    Environmental Health Perspectives. 123(7):A166-8. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1510041. PMID: 26132373, PMCID: PMC4492274, 2015.
  • Paternal sperm DNA methylation associated with early signs of autism risk in an autism enriched cohort.  
    Feinberg JI, Bakulski KM, Jaffe AE, Trygvadottir R, Brown SC,Goldman LR, Croen LA, Hertz-Picciotto I, Newschaffer CJ, Fallin MD*, Feinberg AP.*. 
    International Journal of Epidemiology. 44(4):1199-210. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv028. PMID: 25878217; PMCID: PMC4598797, 2015.
  • Prenatal mercury concentration is associated with changes in DNA methylation at TCEANC2 in newborns.  
    Bakulski KM*, Lee HJ*, Feinberg JI, Wells EM, Brown S, Herbstman JB, Witter FR, Halden RU, Caldwell K, Mortensen M., Jaffe A, Moye J Jr., Caulfield LE, Pan Y, Tollerud DJ, Goldman LR**, Feinberg AP**, Fallin MD.** 
    International Journal of Epidemiology, 44(4):1249-62. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv032. Epub 2015 Apr 22. PMID: 25906783, 2015.
  • Association of selenium and copper with lipids in umbilical cord blood.
    Wells EM, Navas-Acien A, Apelberg BJ, Herbstman JB, Jarrett JM, Lin YH, Verdon CP, Ward C, Caldwell KL, Hibbeln JR, Halden RU, Witter FR, Goldman LR. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2014 Aug;5(4):281-7. doi: 10.1017/S2040174414000233.
  • Assuring access to data for chemical evaluations.
    Goldman LR, Silbergeld EK. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 Feb;121(2):149-52. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1206101. Epub 2012 Dec 5.
  • Prioritization of biomarker targets in human umbilical cord blood: identification of proteins in infant blood serving as validated biomarkers in adults.
    Hansmeier N, Chao TC, Goldman LR, Witter FR, Halden RU. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 May;120(5):764-9. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1104190. Epub 2012 Jan 27.
  • DNA methylation shows genome-wide association of NFIX, RAPGEF2 and MSRB3 with gestational age at birth.
    Lee H, Jaffe AE, Feinberg JI, Tryggvadottir R, Brown S, Montano C, Aryee MJ, Irizarry RA, Herbstman J, Witter FR, Goldman LR, Feinberg AP, Fallin MD.
    Int J Epidemiol. 2012 Feb;41(1):188-99. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr237.
  • Selenium and maternal blood pressure during childbirth.
    Wells EM, Goldman LR, Jarrett JM, Apelberg BJ, Herbstman JB, Caldwell KL, Halden RU, Witter FR. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2012 Mar-Apr;22(2):191-7. doi: 10.1038/jes.2011.42. Epub 2011 Nov 23.
  • Epigenomic biomonitors: global DNA hypomethylation as a biodosimeter of life-long environmental exposures.
    Guerrero-Preston R, Herbstman J, Goldman LR. Epigenomics. 2011 Feb;3(1):1-5. doi: 10.2217/epi.10.77. No abstract available.
  • Cadmium, lead, and mercury in relation to reproductive hormones and anovulation in premenopausal women.
    Pollack AZ, Schisterman EF, Goldman LR, Mumford SL, Albert PS, Jones RL, Wactawski-Wende J. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Aug;119(8):1156-61. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1003284. Epub 2011 May 4.
  • The launch of the International Society for Children's Environmental Health and the Environment (ISCHE).
    Bellinger DC, Goldman LR, Lanphear BP, Eskenazi B, Jacobs DE, Miller M. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Oct;119(10):A420-1. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1104435. No abstract available.
  • Children's vulnerability to toxic chemicals: a challenge and opportunity to strengthen health and environmental policy.
    Landrigan PJ, Goldman LR. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 May;30(5):842-50. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0151. Epub 2011 May 4. Review
  • Fetal exposure to chlordane and permethrin mixtures in relation to inflammatory cytokines and birth outcomes.
    Neta G, Goldman LR, Barr D, Apelberg BJ, Witter FR, Halden RU. Environ Sci Technol. 2011 Feb 15;45(4):1680-7. doi: 10.1021/es103417j. Epub 2011 Jan 14.
  • Protecting children from pesticides and other toxic chemicals.
    Landrigan PJ, Goldman LR. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2011 Mar-Apr;21(2):119-20. doi: 10.1038/jes.2011.1. Epub 2011 Jan 12. No abstract available.
  • Body burdens of mercury, lead, selenium and copper among Baltimore newborns.
    Wells EM, Jarrett JM, Lin YH, Caldwell KL, Hibbeln JR, Apelberg BJ, Herbstman J, Halden RU, Witter FR, Goldman LR. Environ Res. 2011 Apr;111(3):411-7. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2010.12.009. Epub 2011 Jan 31.
  • Global DNA hypomethylation is associated with in utero exposure to cotinine and perfluorinated alkyl compounds
    Guerrero-Preston R, Goldman LR, Brebi-Mieville P, Ili-Gangas C, LeBron C, Hernandez-Arroyo M, Witter FR, Apelberg BJ, Roystacher M, Jaffe A, Halden RU, Sidransky D. Epigenetics 2010; 5(6) [Epub ahead of print].
  • Distribution and determinants of pesticide mixtures in cord serum using principal component analysis
    Neta G, Goldman LR, Barr D, Sjödin A, Apelberg BJ, Witter FR, Halden RU. Environ Sci Technol. 2010; 44(14):5641-8.
  • Low-level lead exposure and elevations in blood pressure during pregnancy.
    Wells EM, Navas-Acien A, Herbstman JB, Apelberg BJ, Silbergeld EK, Caldwell KL, Jones RL, Halden RU, Witter FR, Goldman LR. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 May;119(5):664-9. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1002666. Epub 2010 Dec 17
  • Association of substance use disorders with childhood trauma but not African genetic heritage in an African American cohort
    Ducci F, Roy A, Shen P, Yuan Q., Yuan N, Hodgkinson C, Goldman LR, Goldman, D. Am J Psychiatry 2009;166 (9):1031-40.
  • Birth delivery mode modifies the associations between prenatal polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) and neonatal thyroid hormone levels
    Herbstman JB, Sjödin A, Apelberg BJ, Witter FR, Halden RU, Patterson DG, Panny SR, Needham LL, Goldman LR. Environ Health Perspect 2008;116 (10):1376-82.
  • Determinants of fetal exposure to polyfluoralkyl compounds in Baltimore, Maryland
    Apelberg BJ, Goldman LR, Calafat AM, Herbstman JB. Kuklenyik Z, Heidler J, Needham LL, Halden RU, Witter FR. Envir Sci Technol 2007; 41 (11); 3891-7.
  • Cord serum concentrations of perfluorocatane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluoroctanoate (PFOA) in relation to weight and size at birth
    Apelberg BJ, Witter FR., Herbstman JB, Calafat AM, Halden RU, Needham LL, Goldman LR. Environ Health Perspect 2007;115 (11):1670-6.
  • Determinants of prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyl and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in an urban population
    Herbstman JB, Sjödin A, Apelberg BJ, Witter FR, Patterson D, Halden RU, Jones RS, Park A, Zhang Y, Heidler J, Needham LL, Goldman LR. Environ Health Perspect 2007;115 (12):1794-800.