Member Profile

Gayle C. Windham M.S.P.H., Ph.D.
Chief, Epidemiologic Investigations Unit
CA Department of Public Health

Areas of Expertise

Epidemiology, Environmental, reproductive

Brief Bio

Dr. Gayle Windham is a Research Scientist (Supervisor) at the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control, where she is the Acting Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Section. Dr. Windham's research focus is on reproductive and developmental outcomes, including children's health, in relation to environmental risk factors. She received a Master's of Science degree (MSPH) in Epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to CDPH, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the Birth Defects Section and in the State Branch as an Epidemiologic Intelligence Service Officer (EISO), as well as in Norway, at the National Institute for Public Health. Recent work on developmental outcomes includes studying the prevalence and etiology of autism and factors related to puberty. Other areas of expertise include pregnancy outcomes, such as spontaneous abortion and fetal growth, and reproductive health endpoints such as puberty, infertility, and menstrual function. Particular exposures she has examined using a variety of study designs include endocrine disruptors, solvents, metals, drinking water contaminants, alcohol consumption, hazardous air pollutants, pesticides and tobacco smoke.

Dr. Windham has been very involved with the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, serving as an officer on the board, and is interested in continuing international outreach, acting as a mentor/co-investigator on a Fogarty training grant with the Shanghai CDC and the Diversity workgroup of INSAR. Dr. Windham is a founding member of BAAC and has served on the Executive Committee for several years, as well as a founding member of the Environmental Epidemiology of Autism Research Network (EEARN). In addition, Dr. Windham served on the Board of Scientific Counselors that advises CDC's National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Research (NCEH/ATSDR). She has acted as a grant and journal reviewer and has written about 100 publications, including book chapters.

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