Dr. Lichtveld is an expert in global environmental health, conducting ongoing research that examines the cumulative impact of chemical and non-chemical stressors on communities facing environmental health threats, disasters including pandemics and health disparities. Since Jan. 1, 2021, Lichtveld has overseen the growth and continued success of Pitt Public Health—a community that spans seven academic departments, 640 students, 160 faculty, and 320 support staff.
Previously, she spent 15 years at Tulane University and 18 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. There, she designed public health research tools and protocols—adopted by all states nationwide—to guide national environmental health studies in communities living near hazardous waste sites.
A widely respected researcher and scholar, Lichtveld serves on a number of boards, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Board on Global Health, the One Health Action Collaborative, NAM's committee on Climate and Health, the Advisory Committee for the NASEM-wide Climate Communications Initiative.
She also serves on the board of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, which counts 170 university member institutions all over the world. Among her many professional highlights: She has chaired the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health for two terms and earned recognition as the CDC’s Environmental Health Scientist of the Year. She holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Medicine from Anton de Kom University of Suriname and the Leiden University in the Netherlands.