Deborah Bennett, Ph.D., M.S.

Deborah Bennett, Ph.D., M.S.


Environmental Health

Public Health Sciences-Division of Epidemiology


  • Professor


Clinical Interests

Dr. Bennett's research focuses on the measurement and modeling of organic compounds in the indoor environment, an area of great importance from a health perspective. Compounds of interest include particulate matter, volatile and semi- volatile organic compounds. Ultimately, the goal of her work is to develop tools to help policy makers reduce our exposure, and subsequent health effects, to pollutants in the environment.

She accomplishes her work through two primary means, by advancing exposure science through her own projects, as well as by working to support environmental epidemiology projects conducted by others. Her current work focuses on childhood asthma, autism, and rapid evaluation of exposure in indoor environment.


Environmental and Occupational Health


M.S., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1996

Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1999

B.S., UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1993

Professional Memberships

American Chemical Society

International Society of Exposure Science

Honors and Awards

Student Presentation Award, Society for Risk Assessment, 1998

ISEA Early Career Award, 2002

EPA STAR Fellow 1997,1998, 1999

EPA Charter Science Advisory Board Member 2017, 2018

Select Recent Publications

Schmidt R.J., Kogan V.,Shelton J.F., Delwiche L., Hansen R.L., Ozonoff S., Ma C.C., McCanlies E.C., Bennett D.H., Hertz-Picciotto I., Tancredi D.J., and Volk H.E. Combined Prenatal Pesticide Exposure and Folic Acid Intake in Relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2017;125(9): 097007.

Hertz-Picciotto I, Bennett D.H., Walker C, Schmidt R, Oliver M, Van de Water J, Pessah I, Puschner B, Giulivi C, Thomas J, Ozonoff S. Environmental Contributions to ASD Spectrum Disorder: An Introduction to the MARBLES Study. Environ Health Perspect.  2017

Shin H.M., McKone, T.E., Bennett D.H., Model framework for integrating multiple exposure pathways to chemicals in household cleaning products. Indoor Air, 2017, 27:829-839

Shin, H.M, Ernstoff, A., Arnot, J.A., Wetmore, B.A., Csiszar, S. A., Fantke, P., Zhang, X.,  McKone, T.E., Jolliet,O., Bennett, D.H., Risk-Based High-Throughput Chemical Screening and Prioritization using Exposure Models and in Vitro Bioactivity Assays.  Environ. Sci. Technol., 2015, 49 (11), 6760–6771

Wu, X., Bennett, D.H., Moran, R.E., Sjödin, A., Jones, R.S., Tancredi, D.J., Tulve, N.S., Clifton, M.S., Colon, M., Weathers, W., Hertz-Picciotto, I. Polybrominated diphenyl ether serum concentrations in a Californian population of children, their parents, and older adults: an exposure assessment study. Wu et al. Environmental Health 2015, 14:23

Philippat C, Bennett DH, Krakowiak P, Rose M, Hwang HM, Hertz-Picciotto I. Phthalate concentrations in house dust in relation to autism spectrum disorders and developmental delay in the CHildhood Autism Risk from Genes and Environment (CHARGE) Study. Environ Health. 2015, 14:56

Bennett DH, Moran, RE, Wu XM, Ritz B,. Tulve NS Clifton MS, Colón M,Weathers WS, Sjödin, A, Jones, R, Hertz-Picciotto I. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) Concentrations and Resulting Exposure in Homes in California: Relationships among Passive Air, Surface Wipe and Dust Concentrations, and Temporal Variability,  Indoor Air, 2014, 25 (2): 220-229

Shin HM, McKone TE, Bennett DH. 2014. Attributing Population-Scale Human Exposure to Various Source Categories: Merging Exposure Models and Biomonitoring Data. Environment International 70: 183-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2014.05.020

Moran R, Bennett DH, Tancredi D, Wu XM, Ritz B, Hertz-Picciotto I. Frequency and Longitudinal Trends of Household Care Products Use. Atmospheric Environment 2012; 55:417-424.

Shin HM, McKone T, Bennett DH. Intake Fraction for the Indoor Environment: A Tool for Prioritizing Indoor Chemical Sources. Environmental Science Technology 2012; 46(18): 10063-72.