Christy Foran

Dr. Christy Foran is a Research Biologist with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory (ERDC EL).  She has been a member of the Laboratory’s Risk and Decision Science Team since 2009. 

Dr. Foran’s research interests run the range of environmental toxicology, including endocrine disruption to policy analysis and decision support. She was a faculty member of the Department of Pharmacology at The University of Mississippi (1998 -2001), as well as the Department of Biology at West Virginia University (2001-2009) where she was granted tenure in 2007.  She maintains adjunct appointments in both departments.  Her academic research focused Environmental Toxicology, specifically fish physiology and reproduction and the impacts of contaminants including endocrine disrupting chemicals.  She earned a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University in 2008, where she studied science and technology policy and environmental economics.  Her research at ERDC EL involves integration of judgment and prioritization with modeling and research to inform decision making.  These projects use toxicology, risk characterization and modeling to inform remedial action, adaptive management and allocation of resources.  She has published more than 50 papers and book chapters since 1994 ranging from toxicology to decision analysis.

Dr. Foran was educated at The University of Texas at Austin (B.S. Zoology 1992), Cornell University (Ph.D. 1998, Neurobiology and Behavior) and Harvard University (M.P.A. 2008, Kennedy School of Government).  


Dr. Foran was nominated to the SAB by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.