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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Dana  Barr

Research Professor

Faculty, Environmental Health

After a 23-year career with CDC and 5 years as Emory/RSPH adjunct faculty, Dr. Barr accepted a faculty appointment at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health in 2010. She co-directs RSPH's Laboratory for Exposure Assessment and Development in Environmental Research (LEADER;  Dr. Barr is the Director of the Analytic Core/Targeted Research Resource of the NIH-funded Human Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures (HERCULES) and Children's Health Exposure Assessment Resource (CHEAR), respectively.  These centers provide analytic support for a variety of exposome-related environmental health studies. Dr. Barr directs the Biomarker Core of the Household Air Pollution Invervention Network Trial (HAPIN).  She also directs "Project 1: Characterizing Exposures in an Urban Environment (CHERUB)" of Emory's joint SON and RSPH Center for Children's Health, Environment, Microbiome and Metabolome (C-CHEM2) which seeks to understand unique exposures of concern in an SES-diverse African American birth cohort in Atlanta and their relation with microbiota, endogenous metabolic perturbations and neurodevelopment.  Her other research focuses on understanding prenatal exposures and neurodevelopment in a Southeast Asian birth cohort, the SAWASDEE study, in Thailand.  Dr. Barr is an Associate Editor for Environmental Health Perspectives, Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and past-president of the International Society of Exposure Science. She was recognized as a Thomas Reuters Top Cited Scientist in Environment/Ecology in 2014, 2015 and 2116 and was listed in Thomson Reuters World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014.  Dr. Barr's research involves using analytical chemistry to assess exposure to a variety of environmental toxicants, an area called exposure science.  She uses these data to evaluate sources of exposure or risks from exposure with a primary focus on maternal-child health issues.

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Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health , 1518 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta , GA 30322

1518 Clifton Road, NE

Phone: 404-727-9605

Fax: 404-727-8744



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Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Biomarkers
  • Chemical Exposure
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Laboratory Science


  • PhD 1994, Georgia State University
  • BS 1987, Brenau University

Courses Taught

  • EH 527: Biomarkers and Env Pub Health

Affiliations & Activities

NIH NAME study section member

Associate Editor, Environmental Health Perspectives


Current list of publications in Google Scholar (over 300 publications)