Donna Vorhees


Donna Vorhees directs the Energy Research Program at the Health Effects Institute (HEI). She is leading an effort to develop and implement a Strategic Scientific Research Agenda designed to understand potential human exposures and health effects from unconventional oil and gas development and how they might be prevented or minimized. Vorhees has 25 years of consulting experience, assessing multi-pathway chemical exposures in indoor and outdoor environments, quantifying human health risks, and communicating risks to affected communities in the United States on behalf of government and private clients and internationally on behalf of the United Nations Environment Program. She serves on the U.S. EPA Board of Scientific Counselors Subcommittee on Chemical Safety for Sustainability and previously served on National Research Council committees (Health Risks of Phthalates and Sediment Dredging at Superfund Megasites), other advisory committees, and peer review panels for numerous health risk assessments prepared by the U.S. EPA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Health Canada. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health where she teaches Risk Assessment Methods. Vorhees received her Sc.M. and Sc.D. in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Harvard University School of Public Health, Sc.D.
Current Position:
Director of Energy Research
Health Effects Institute
Environmental & Public Health

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