Laura Anderko RN PhD holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, public health and environmental health. A Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, Dr. Anderko earned her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois, an MS from Northern Illinois University, and a BSN from University of Chicago.
Dr. Anderko is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's federal advisory committee, the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). Last year she served on the Policy and Practice Subcommittee for the National Chemical Policy initiative (sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) and is a member of the School of Nursing &Health Studies (NHS) Food Safety Workgroup for the O’Neill Center for Disease Prevention and Health Outcomes.
Dr. Anderko has conducted research, published widely, and been interviewed by the media about a range of public health issues, including the human health impacts of dioxin, food dyes, and methylmercury toxicity from consuming fish. Her work covers a broad range of health issues, with a particular focus on impacts on lower-income communities and best practices available to eliminate these disparities using a values based approach.