Veena Singla, PhD

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
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Veena Singla is a Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Adjunct Assistant professor at Columbia University. Her work seeks to address health disparities linked to harmful environmental exposures using an interdisciplinary approach incorporating environmental health, exposure science, public health and policy expertise. Her research investigates how toxic chemicals and pollution related to systems of materials use, production and disposal threaten the health of impacted communities. Veena specializes in the communication of complex scientific information at the intersection of research and policy and has testified to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Alaska state legislature, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She currently serves on the US EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee, the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors, the Board of Directors for Clean Production Action, and as Associate Director for the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice Program.

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Administrative Titles

  • Associate Director, Agents of Change in Environmental Justice

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 2001 University of California Berkeley
  • PhD, 2010 University of California San Francisco

Committees, Societies, Councils


Integrated solutions addressing intersecting housing quality and building energy issues centering racial and health equity.

Research Interests

  • Chronic disease
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Health