Donna Vorhees, ScD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health



Donna Vorhees directs the Energy Research Program at 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.

2013 Boston University School of Public Health: Teaching Award
1995 Society for Risk Analysis: Student Travel Award
1994 Harvard Alumni Scholarship Award
1992-1993 United States Protection Agency, Region 1, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division: National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowship
1992 Switzer Foundation: Environmental Fellowship
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  1. Leibler JH, Basra K, Ireland T, McDonagh A, Ressijac C, Heiger-Bernays W, Vorhees D, Rosenbaum M. Lead exposure to children from consumption of backyard chicken eggs. Environ Res. 2018 Nov; 167:445-452.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30125763.
     
  2. Leibler J, Basra K, Ireland T, McDonagh A, Ressijac C, Heiger-Bernays W, Vorhees D, Rosenbaum, M. Lead exposure to children from consumption of backyard chicken eggs. Environmental Research. 2018.
  3. Cowell W, Ireland T, Vorhees D, Heiger-Bernays W. Ground Turmeric as a Source of Lead Exposure in the United States. Public Health Rep. 2017 May/Jun; 132(3):289-293.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28358991; DOI: 10.1177/0033354917700109;.
     
  4. Cowell W, Ireland T, Vorhees D, Heiger-Bernays W. Ground Turmeric as a Source of Lead Exposure in the United States. Public Health Reports. 2017; 132(3):1-5.
  5. Kponee KZ, Chiger A, Kakulu II, Vorhees D, Heiger-Bernays W. Petroleum contaminated water and health symptoms: a cross-sectional pilot study in a rural Nigerian community. Environ Health. 2015; 14:86.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26546277; PMCID: PMC4636824; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-015-0073-0;.
     
  6. Kponee KZ, Chiger A, Kakulu II, Vorhees DJ, Heiger-Bernays W. Petroleum Contaminated Water and Health Symptoms: A Cross-Sectional Pilot Study in a Rural Nigerian Community. Environmental Health. 2015; 14:86.
  7. Evans JS, Vorhees DJ, Hussain A, Al-Zenki S, Akashah MS. Fish Consumption, Mercury Intake, and Associated Health Risks to the Kuwaiti Population. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. 2012; 18(5):1014-1035.
  8. Lincoln RA, Shine JP, Chesney EJ, Vorhees DJ, Grandjean P, Senn DB. Fish consumption and mercury exposure among Louisiana recreational anglers. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Feb; 119(2):245-51. PMID: 20980220; DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1002609;.
     
  9. Minnery JG, Jacangelo JG, Boden LI, Vorhees DJ, Heiger-Bernays W. Sensitivity analysis of the pressure-based direct integrity test for membranes used in drinking water treatment. Environ Sci Technol. 2009 Dec 15; 43(24):9419-24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 20000538; DOI: 10.1021/es902210r;.
     
  10. Minnery J, Jacangelo J, Boden L, Vorhees D, Heiger-Bernays W. A Sensitivity Analysis of the Pressure-Based Direct Integrity Test for Membranes Used in Drinking Water Treatment. Environmental Science & Technology. 2009; 43(24):9419-24.
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Health Effects
Chemical Exposure
Human Exposure
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