Dr. Joel Kaufman has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), a journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Currently, Kaufman is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Medicine, and Epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he previously served as interim dean for the School of Public Health. A practicing physician, Kaufman brings extensive experience in both public health practice and research. He has published more than 200 research papers and review articles that span the environmental health sciences. Since joining the University of Washington faculty more than two decades ago, he has maintained a research program that encompasses epidemiology, inhalation toxicology, clinical medicine, and exposure sciences.
Kaufman will provide strategic leadership to EHP while continuing his work at the University of Washington. The arrangement reflects a recent change to the leadership structure at EHP that enables the editor-in-chief to continue conducting research and teaching at their home institution. Under Kaufman's direction, day-to-day operations for the journal will be carried out by full-time federal staff, including the chief operating officer and senior science editor.
Kaufman will also serve as the face of EHP, representing the journal to the global environmental health sciences community through strategic outreach activities, speaking engagements, and editorials. During his career, Kaufman has served on editorial boards and peer review panels for many of the leading clinical medicine and environmental health journals. He previously served on the editorial review board and as an associate editor at EHP, stepping down from those responsibilities to take over as interim dean of the UW School of Public Health in 2016.
A leading publication with a Journal Impact Factor of 8.05, EHP is issued monthly and is available free online. The mission of EHP is to publish high-quality original research, reviews, commentaries, and news on all established and emerging disciplines that examine the relationship between the environment and health. Kaufman will have editorial independence to provide the high-level strategic direction and leadership necessary to sustain and enhance EHP's high standards and stature in the environmental health research community.
Kaufman will be responsible for ensuring EHP content is of high integrity, advances the state of environmental health knowledge, and promotes translation of knowledge into environmental health action, which is consistent with the mission and vision of NIEHS.
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