Laura Anderko, PhD, RN

Dr. Laura Anderko PhD RN, professor at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care. She is Director of the federally funded Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment serving PA, VA, WV, DE, MD, and DC. The Mid-Atlantic Center provides outreach/education to health providers and communities, as well as consultation and referrals related to reproductive and children’s environmental health (

A scholar and educator in the fields of public health and environmental health, she has studied and published on the health impacts of methylmercury from fish consumption, and most recently on the health impacts from climate change using epidemiological and community-based methods of inquiry.

Dr. Anderko has served on a wide range of boards and committees including several federal advisory committees: EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, the Drinking Water Advisory Committee, and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She is a member of the American Public Health Association’s National Environmental Health Partnership Council, Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks), and is a board member of the international organization, Health Care Without Harm. In 2013 she was recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change for her advocacy efforts in Climate Change and Public Health.