Dr. Kyle holds appointments as a research scientist and lecturer in the Environmental Health Sciences Division of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on improving the use of scientific findings to develop sound policy for protection of the environment and public health.
Current research projects focus on development of environmental health indicators that better describe links between the environment and health to integrate a public health perspective into environmental policy; analysis of disparate impacts of environmental pollution; policy responses, including risk assessment, for control of persistent pollutants that accumulate in the global environment; and approaches to integrating public concerns and precautionary principles into public policy for toxic substances.
Past work has focused on risk assessment, health risks from exposure to pesticides and ways to reduce them, comparative risk assessment, use of risk assessment in environmental policy in the US, international policy for hazardous waste remediation, and policy implications of different methods for assessing the health significance of hazardous waste sites.
Dr. Kyle teaches in the environmental health sciences program at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and in the occupational medicine training program at the University of California at San Francisco. She has taught at the Vermont Law School.
Dr. Kyle also works as a consulting scientist on environmental science and policy issues for states and non-governmental organizations. She received a Switzer environmental leadership award to work with the Natural Resources Defense Council on an analysis of the scope and public health significance of contaminants in fish. She has also worked with the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, The Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Action, California Communities Against Toxics, California Department of Health Services, Public Health Foundation, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, National Association of Attorneys General, Environmental Protection Agency, and American Fisheries Society.
She received her Masters of Public Health and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences and Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. Her undergraduate degree in physical sciences and oceanography was from Harvard University. Professional affiliations include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Public Health Association, Risk Assessment and Policy Association, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, and Society for Risk Analysis.
Dr. Kyle served for five years as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and has practical experience with the Exxon Valdez and other oil and hazardous substance spills and associated cleanup issues. She worked on both state and national legislation on oil and hazardous substance spills, including the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and several pieces of state legislation. Before that, she was executive director of the Alaska Coastal Management Program.
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