Leeka Kheifets, Ph.D.

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UCLA Professor In-Residence, Epidemiology Member, JCCC Healthy and At-Risk Populations Program Area
Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley
M.A., UC Berkeley

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UCLA Pub Hlth-Epid
BOX 951772, 71-279B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Dr. Leeka Kheifets is a Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health. She is widely known for her work in environmental and occupational epidemiology, and currently serves on several international and national committees that advise governments on environmental policy, including the Scientific Expert Group of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). She has also served on committees of the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI), the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, International Agency for Research on Cancer, and World Health Organization Working Groups. Prior to her professorship at UCLA, she was Head of the Radiation Studies Program at the World Health Organization and was a Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute, where she directed a multi-disciplinary electric and magnetic fields (EMF) research program. She has taught at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Health Research and Policy, and has over 100 publications. Her current interests include innovative epidemiologic methods for studying risk factors for childhood leukemia, occupational exposures and ALS, development of policy in the face of uncertainty, and potential health effects of cell phone use and other non-ionizing radiation exposures.


A selected list of publications:

Sudan Madhuri, Kheifets Leeka, Arah Onyebuchi, Olsen Jorn, Zeltzer Lonnie   Prenatal and Postnatal Cell Phone Exposures and Headaches in Children The open pediatric medicine journal, 2012; 6(2012): 46-52.
Vergara Ximena P, Kheifets Leeka, Silva Michael, Bracken T Dan, Yost Michael   New electric-shock job exposure matrix American journal of industrial medicine, 2012; 55(3): 232-40.
Swerdlow A, Feychting M, Green A, Kheifets L, Savitz D   International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection Standing Committee on Epidemiology. Mobile phones, brain tumors and the Interphone Study: Where are we now?, Environmental Health Perspectives, 2011; (Jul): .
Kheifets Leeka, Ahlbom A, Crespi C M, Feychting M, Johansen C, Monroe J, Murphy M F G, Oksuzyan S, Preston-Martin S, Roman E, Saito T, Savitz D, Schüz J, Simpson J, Swanson J, Tynes T, Verkasalo P, Mezei G   A pooled analysis of extremely low-frequency magnetic fields and childhood brain tumors American journal of epidemiology, 2010; 172(7): 752-61.
Kheifets Leeka, Swanson John, Kandel Shaiela, Malloy Timothy F   Risk governance for mobile phones, power lines, and other EMF technologies Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis, 2010; 30(10): 1481-94.
Divan H., Kheifets L., Obel C., Olsen J.   Cell phone use and behavioral problems in young children, J Epidemiol Community Health, 2010; Dec: .
Kheifets L., Ahlbom A., Crespi CM, Draper G., Hagihara J., Lowenthal RM, Mezei G., Oksuzyan S., Schüz J., Swanson J., Tittarelli A., Vinceti M., Wunsch Filho V.   Pooled Analysis of Recent Studies of Magnetic Fields and Childhood Leukemia, Br J Cancer, 2010; 103(7): 1128-35.
Greenland Sander, Kheifets Leeka   Designs and analyses for exploring the relationship of magnetic fields to childhood leukaemia: a pilot project for the Danish National Birth Cohort Scandinavian journal of public health, 2009; 37(1): 83-92.
Kheifets Leeka, Olsen Jørn   Should epidemiologists always publish their results? Yes, almost always Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.), 2008; 19(4): 532-3.
Kheifets L., Bowman J., Checkoway H., Feychting M., Harrington J., Kavet R., Marsh G., Mezei G., Renew D., van Wijngaarden E.   Exposure to extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields: review and future needs of occupational epidemiology, Occup Environ Med, 2008; (Sep): .
Kheifets Leeka, Monroe Jason, Vergara Ximena, Mezei Gabor, Afifi Abdelmonem A   Occupational electromagnetic fields and leukemia and brain cancer: an update to two meta-analyses Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2008; 50(6): 677-88.

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