Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D.

Irva Hertz-Picciotto

Position Title
Professor and Vice Chair for Research

Department of Public Health Sciences


Role: Environmental epidemiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Hertz-Picciotto received the Goldsmith Award for Lifetime Achievement and Sustained Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology in 2011, and has served on five National Academy of Sciences Committees, including three as Chair. She serves on the Advisory Board for an initiative to develop a CA Strategic Plan for Breast Cancer Prevention, which is taking a holistic approach to address social, economic, environmental, occupational, and other factors that influence health. She directs the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Core Center, which provides resources including pilot funding, consultations, seed awards, career development, grant writing assistance, and other benefits. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto has successfully mentored 7 postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented minority groups who now work in academia or government.