The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Vandenberg Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

Associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences and professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Laura Vandenberg, has been named associate vice chancellor for research and engagement by Vice Chancellor Mike Malone.

Vandenberg will begin in January, and will work on center and institutes increasing research support services and capacity, communication and implementing strategic initiatives including international research.

Vandenberg is a developmental biologist trained in the study of endocrinology with a research program that is focused on the health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), i.e., synthetic chemicals that alter what hormones do in the body or how those hormones normally function. Her work brought her to the fields of environmental health sciences and public health, which are interdisciplinary areas of research. Several of her research collaborations focus on issues that impact the health of minoritized populations, women and biologically vulnerable groups.

Vandenberg’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and several foundations and NGOs, including the Cornell Douglas Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the JPB Foundation and the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition. She is an author on 115 published papers and 17 book chapters and her work has been high-profile, leading to numerous invitations to give keynote and platform talks, interviews with news outlets and other outreach opportunities.

In her former role as graduate program director in Environmental Health Sciences and her current role as associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in SPHHS, she has developed and demonstrated leadership and management skills that will equip her to develop innovative solutions to pressing challenges in the research and engagement enterprise at UMass Amherst.

Laura Vandenberg