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Dr Judith R. Qualters


External Advisory Board Member

External Advisory Board

Dr Qualters is the Director of the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She provides leadership and oversight of the National Asthma Control Program; the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program; the Climate and Health Program. Additionally, her Division conducts work in radiation, chemical, and disaster preparedness and response; unregulated drinking water, air pollution, and carbon monoxide poisoning surveillance, research, and prevention; and responds to domestic and international requests for assistance on environmental health issues. 
Dr. Qualters has been a scientist at CDC since 1989 where she’s investigated cancer among Vietnam Veterans as part of the Agent Orange Projects; analyzed cancer and non-caner health risks among communities exposed contaminants from nuclear weapons production and testing and worked on the conceptualization and implementation of two large national programs: CDC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the National Program of Cancer Registries. From 2002 through 2010, she led the development and implementation of CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program.

Dr. Qualters received her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Michigan and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.