Dr. Stacey M. Benson is a Principal Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk in the Pittsburgh, PA office.  She received her undergraduate training in physics from St. Lawrence University, completed a Master’s of Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005, and completed her doctorate in Environmental Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.  The focus of her dissertation was to assess the relationship between industrial and aviation ambient air lead emissions and blood lead levels in children between 0 and 5 years of age.  Prior to joining Cardno ChemRisk, Dr. Benson worked as an Associate Service Fellow for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory.  During her work with NIOSH, she applied skills in technical writing and editing, data analysis, and 3-D anthropometric computer modeling in an effort to improve respirator headform designs for civilian workers in the U.S. and China.  In addition, Dr. Benson’s role also included recruiting hundreds of participants for participation in several human subject research studies, drafting research proposals and IRBs, working with participants to ensure understanding of their voluntary involvement in their respective study according to IRB regulations, coordinating participant schedules, addressing participant questions and concerns, and collecting physiological and anthropometric data from the participants. 


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011 – 2014
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005 - 2007
  • BS, Physics, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, 1996-2000

Professional Associations

  • American Thoracic Society (ATS), 2015 – Current
  • International Council on Surgical Plume, Inc. (ICSP), 2015 – Current – Inaugural member of the Clinical Advisory Committee
  • International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), 2012 – 2013