Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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U.S. Attorney General
Michael Mukasey
Department of Justice

Vice Chair
J. Robert Flores
Office of Juvenile
Justice and
Delinquency Prevention

Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Department of Labor

Chief Executive Officer
David Eisner
Corporation for National
and Community Service

Assistant Secretary
Julie L. Myers
Department of Homeland Security

Steve Preston
Department of Housing
and Urban Development

Margaret Spellings
Department of Education

Michael O. Leavitt
Department of Health
and Human Services

Director John P. Walters
Office of National
Drug Control Policy

Practitioner Members

Larry K. Brendtro
William L. Gibbons
Adele L. Grubbs
Steven H. Jones
Pamela Rodriguez
Gordon A. Martin, Jr.
Victor Rodriguez


Herbert L. Needleman, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Needleman is professor of child psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He developed a new method of measuring a child's body burden of lead through the analysis of teeth and mounted the first large-scale study of intelligence and behavior in children who had no symptoms of lead toxicity other than high lead in their teeth, a study that served as a model for others around the world. He followed these children into adulthood, showing that lead exposure is associated with increased risk for failure to graduate from high school and for reading disabilities. These studies led to government programs and regulations to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. He also examined the effects of lead during pregnancy on infant development and the relationship between early lead exposure and delinquency. Dr. Needleman has consulted with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Housing and Urban Development, and State and local governments. He has written extensively on the effects of lead, lectured on the subject at universities around the world, and received many awards for his work. He was attending physician at the Children's Hospital of Boston and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Trained in psychiatry at Temple University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Needleman received a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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