David C. Bellinger, PhD

Department of Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA; Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA; Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

David C. Bellinger is a pediatric neuropsychologist and environmental epidemiologist, based at Boston Children’s Hospital. He received a PhD in Psychology from Cornell University in 1977 and a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1987. He is a Professor of Neurology and Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research focuses primarily on the neurodevelopmental sequelae of childhood disorders and exposures. For more than 30 years, he has studied the neurodevelopment, into adulthood, of children born with congenital heart disease. His work in the field was recognized by the establishment of the Newburger-Bellinger Award, given yearly by the Cardiac Neurodevelopment Consortium, He has also conducted studies of the neurodevelopmental consequences of children’s exposures to a wide range of chemicals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, manganese, perfluorinated compounds, organophosphate pesticides, and general anesthetics. He has published more than 400 papers and served on numerous committees at the U.S. National Academies, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization. He is a founding member of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment and served as President for its first 6 years. He chairs the WHO Committee on Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lead Poisoning, is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Food Safety, and a WHO Temporary Advisor to the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants. He received the 2016 Child Health Advocate-Science Award from the Children’s Environmental Health Network.

Terms of Appointment: Aug 2018 - Jul 2020