About Our Speakers


Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD is Vice Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Director of Exposure Biology at the Senator Frank Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at Mount Sinai. Dr. Arora is an environmental epidemiologist and exposure biologist. Dr. Arora’s research focuses on the effects of prenatal and early childhood chemical exposures on life-long health trajectories.


David Bellinger, PhD has a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and received his PhD in Psychology from Cornell University. He is Professor of Neurology and Psychology at Harvard Medical School and holds an appointment as Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is currently President of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment.


Maida Galvez, MD, MPH is a board certified Pediatrician and Associate Professor in the Departments of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai. Dr. Galvez directs Mount Sinai’s Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and practices General Pediatrics. Her areas of interests include the urban built environment, endocrine disruptors, and childhood growth and development.

aviAvi Reichenberg, PhD is a neuropsychologist and epidemiologist. Dr. Reichenberg is Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and a Senior Fellow of the Seaver Center for Autism Research and Treatment. His research focuses on understanding how environmental and genetic factors contribute to the etiology of developmental disorders, particularly autism.


Shevon Skinner, RN, MSN, MPH is Director of Patient Services for Little Sisters of the Assumption (LSA) Family Health Service Inc., before which she served 4 years as Patient Service Manager to the Maternity, Newborn and Pediatric Department of Visiting Nurse Service of NY. Prior to joining Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s management, Ms. Skinner worked for 2 years with NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, performing utilization review, and provided direct patient care for 9 years.


Robert Wright, MD, MPH is a pediatrician, epigeneticist, and environmental epidemiologist. He is Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and serves Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Wright’s research focuses on environmental factors which influence child health and neurodevelopment. He is specifically interested in effect modifiers of metal toxicity including gene-environment interactions in neurodevelopment and reproductive health. His research combines state-of-the-art research techniques in both environmental health and genetic/epigenetic epidemiology.


Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH holds the Horace W. Goldsmith Professorship in Children’s Health Research and is Professor of Pediatrics at Kravis Children’s Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also serves as Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Wright is a developmental epidemiologist with transdisciplinary training in environmental health and stress mechanisms. She has a primary interest in early life (prenatal and early childhood) predictors of developmental diseases, including asthma, obesity, neurobehavioral development, and lung growth.