Juleen Lam, PhD, MHS, MS Faculty Profile

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Juleen  Lam, PhD, MHS, MS

Assistant Professor

Department of Public Health

Dr. Lam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at California State University, East Bay. She has a joint research affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lam’s research interests include environmental epidemiology, evaluation of population exposures to environmental contaminants, assessment and communication of environmental risks, and reproductive/developmental health. She specializes in analysis of environmental health data, development and application of risk assessment methods, and the translation of scientific findings into making timely and informed decisions and policies. In particular, she has been involved in developing systematic review methods for environmental health data for several years and has been a pivotal part in implementing, publishing, and disseminating these approaches in both academic and government settings. She currently serves as a member of the US EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability Subcommittee through 2022 and has to date served on three National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committees.

Dr. Lam received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Policy and M.H.S. in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, M.S. in Environmental Engineering Management from George Washington University, and B.S. in Mathematics and Environmental Toxicology from UC Davis. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University and at the US Environmental Protection Agency and has over 15 years of experience in environmental health research and policy, holding positions at state and federal government agencies, academic institutions, and in consulting and nonprofit sectors.

Dr. Lam’s professional research interests are focused on topics of environmental epidemiology, evaluation of population exposures to environmental contaminants, assessment and communication of environmental risks, and reproductive/developmental health. She specializes in analysis of environmental health data, development and application of risk assessment methods, and the translation of scientific findings into making timely and informed decisions and policies.

  • BS, UC Davis (2003)
  • MS, George Washington University (2006)
  • MHS, Johns Hopkins University (2011)
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University (2011)

Not teaching this semester.

Professor Lam's Google Scholar website 

24. Johnson, N., Moriarty, M., Lam, J., Pulczinski, J., Uwak, I., Taiwo, S., Taylor, B., Xu, X., Chiu, W. 2021. Association Between Prenatal Exposures to Ambient Air Pollution and Birthweight. In Press, Environment International.

23. Elmore R., Schmidt L., Lam J., Howard B.E., Tandon A., Norman C., Phillips J., Shah M., Patel S., Albert T., Taxman D.J.. Risk and Protective Factors in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A rapid Evidence Map (rEM). Frontiers in Public Health. 2020;8:787. https://doi.org/3389/fpubh.2020.582205

22. Eick, S.M., Goin, D.E., Chartres, N., Lam, J. and Woodruff, T.J., 2020. Assessing risk of bias in human environmental epidemiology studies using three tools: different conclusions from different tools. Systematic Reviews9(1), pp.1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01490-8

21. Robinson, J.F., Hamilton, E.G., Lam, J., Chen, H., Woodruff, T.J. 2020. Differences in cytochrome p450 enzyme expression and activity in fetal and adult tissues. Placenta. 100:35-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.placenta.2020.07.009

20. Whaley, P., Aiassa, E., Beausoleil, C., Beronius, A., Bilotta, G., Boobis, A., de Vries, R., Hanberg, A., Hoffman, S., Hunt, N., Kwiatkowski, C.F., Lam, J., Lipworth, S., Martin, O., Randall, N., Rhomberg, L., Rooney, A.A., Schunemann, H.J., Wikoff, D., Wolffe, T., Halsall, C. 2020. Recommendations for the Conduct of Systematic Reviews in Toxicology and Environmental Health Research (COSTER). Environment International. 143;105926. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105926

19. Koman, T.D., Singla, V., Lam, , Woodruff, T.J. 2019. Population Susceptibility: A Vital Consideration in Chemical Risk Evaluation under the Lautenberg Toxic Substances Control Act. PLOS Biology. 17(8): e3000372. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000372

18. Lam, J., Howard, B.E., Thayer, K., Shah, R.R. 2019. Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Health Outcomes: A Demonstration of Rapid Evidence Mapping (rEM). Environment International. 123:451-458. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.11.070

17. Bero, L., Chartres, N., Diong, J., Fabbri, A., Ghersi, D., Lam, J., Lau, A., McDonald, S., Mintzes, B., Sutton, P., Turton, J.L., Woodruff, T.J. 2018. The Risk of Bias in Observational Studies of Exposures (ROBINS-E) Tool: Concerns Arising from Application to Observational Studies of Exposures. Systematic Reviews. 7:242. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-018-0915-2

16. VanNoy, B.N., Lam, J., and Zota, A.R. 2018. Breastfeeding as a Predictor of Serum Concentrations of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances in Reproductive-Aged Women and Young Children: A Rapid Systematic Review. Current Environmental Health Reports. 5(2):213-224. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-018-0194-z

15. Huang, H., Wang, A., Morello-Frosch, R., Lam, J., Sirota, M., Padula, A., Wooduff, T.J. 2018. Cumulative Risk and Impact Modeling on Environmental Chemical and Social Stressors. Current Environmental Health Reports. 5(1):88-89. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-018-0180-5

14. Nachman, K.E., Lam, J., Schinasi, L.H., Smith, T.C., Feingold, B.J., Casey, J.A. 2017. O’Connor et al. Systematic Review Regarding Animal Feeding Operations and Public health: Critical Flaws May Compromise Conclusions. Systematic Reviews. 6(1):179.
https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-017-0575-7

13. Lam, , Sutton, P., McPartland, J., Axelrad, D.A., Lanphear, B.P., Bellinger, D.C., Davidson, L.I., Sen, S. Woodruff, T.J. 2017. Applying the Navigation Guide: Association Between Developmental Exposures to PBDE and IQ or Attention-Related Behavioral Problems--a Systematic Review of the Human Evidence. Environmental Health Perspectives. 3;125(8): 086001-1. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1632

12. Fox A., Baksh, S., Lam J., Resnick B. 2017. Building the Future of Environmental Public Health Tracking: Proceedings and Recommendations of an Expert Panel Workshop. Journal of Environmental Health. 79(10):14.

11. Lam, , Sutton P., Kalkbrenner, A.E., Halladay, A.K., Windham, G., Lawler, C., Newschaffer, C., Davidson, L.I., Koustas, E., Daniels, N., Sen, S., Woodruff, T.J. 2016. Applying the Navigation Guide: Association Between Developmental Exposures to Ambient Air Pollution and Autism--a Systematic Review of the Human Evidence. PLOS One. 11(9):e0161851. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0161851

10. Whaley , Halsall C., Agerstran M., Aiassa E., Benford D., Lam J., et al. 2016. Implementing Systematic Review Techniques in Chemical Risk Assessment: Challenges, Opportunities and Recommendations. Environment International. 92:556-564. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2015.11.002

9. Rooney A., Cooper G.S., Jahnke G.D., Lam J., Morgan R.L., et al. 2016. How Credible are the Results? Evaluating and Applying Internal Validity Tools to Literature-Based Assessments of Environmental Health Hazards. Environment International. 92:617-629. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2016.01.005

8. Fox A., Nachman K.E., Anderson B., Lam J., Resnick B. 2016. Meeting the Public Health Challenge of Protecting Private Wells: an Expert Panel Workshop. Science of the Total Environment. 554:113-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.128

7. Sheehan M.C., Lam J., Navas-Acien A., Chang, H.H. 2016. Ambient Air Pollution Epidemiology Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: a Review of Reporting and Methods Practice. Environment International. 92:647-656. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2016.02.016

6. Sheehan C. and Lam J. 2015. Use of Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis in Environmental Health Epidemiology: a Systematic Review and Comparison with Guidelines. Current Environmental Health Reports. 2(3):272-283. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-015-0062-z

5. Vesterinen M., Johnson P.I., Atchley D.S., Sutton P., Lam J., Zlatnik M.G., Sen S., Woodruff T.J. 2015. The Association Between Fetal Growth and Maternal Glomerular Filtration Rate: a Systematic Review of the Evidence. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 28(18):2176-2181. https://doi.org/10.3109/14767058.2014.980809

4. Lam , Koustas E., Sutton P., Johnson P.I., Atchley D.S., Sen S., Robinson K.A., Axelrad D.A., and Woodruff T.J. 2014. The Navigation Guide—Evidence-Based Medicine Meets Environmental Health: Integration of Animal and Human Evidence for PFOA Effects on Fetal Growth. Environmental Health Perspectives. 122(10):1040-1051. https://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307923

3. Koustas , Lam J., Sutton P., Johnson P.I., Atchley D.S., Sen S., Robinson K.A., Axelrad D.A., and Woodruff T.J. 2014. The Navigation Guide—Evidence-Based Medicine Meets Environmental Health: Systematic Review of Nonhuman Evidence for PFOA Effects on Fetal Growth. Environmental Health Perspectives. 122(10):1015-1027. https://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307177

2. Johnson I., Sutton P., Atchley D.S., Koustas E., Lam J., Sen S., Robinson K.A., Axelrad D.A., and Woodruff T.J. 2014. The Navigation Guide—Evidence-Based Medicine Meets Environmental Health: Systematic Review of Human Evidence for PFOA Effects on Fetal Growth. Environmental Health Perspectives. 122(10):1028-1039. https://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307893

1. Baris D., Cohen S.Z., Barnes N.L., Lam J., Ma Q. 2010. Quantitative Analysis of Over 20 Years of Golf Course Monitoring Studies. Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 29(6):1224-1236. https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.185