Board of Directors

  • David Cohen, PhD

    David Cohen, PhD is Marjorie Crump Chair in Social Welfare, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. In his work he studies the social and cultural effects of prescribed psychoactive drugs as they are constructed through language, attitudes, and social interactions. Public and private institutions in Canada, France, and the U.S. have funded him to conduct clinical-neuropsychological studies, qualitative investigations, and epidemiological surveys of patients, professionals, and the general population. He is also interested in international comparative research on mental health trends and efforts ... Continue reading →
  • Karen Effrem, MD

    Dr. Karen Effrem is a pediatrician, researcher, and conference speaker. Dr. Effrem’s undergraduate degree is in Pharmacy from Purdue University, her medical degree is from Johns Hopkins University and her pediatric training is from the University of Minnesota. She has provided testimony for Congress, as well as in-depth analysis of numerous pieces of major federal education, health, and early childhood legislation for congressional staff, state legislatures, and many organizations. Besides serving on the board of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, Dr. Effrem is president of Educatio... Continue reading →
  • David Egilman, MD, MPH

    Dr. David Egilman is a board-certified internal medicine physician and epidemiologist, who is also board certified in preventive and occupational medicine. He is a clinical associate professor at Brown University, and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. His expertise is in exposure to toxic elements and their harmful effects on public health. He has a broad range of interests in this field, including research misconduct and the marketing of toxic pharmaceuticals, silicone implants, radiation exposure and asbestos exposure to healthcare in deve... Continue reading →
  • Meryl Nass, MD

    Meryl Nass, MD, is an internal medicine physician and activist with expertise in anthrax and bioterrorism; her interest is in prevention, investigation, amelioration, and safe and effective medical response. Her expertise and experience includes treating patients with Gulf War syndrome and adverse effects from the anthrax vaccine. She has raised cogent critiques about the deficient response to the recent Ebola outbreak; unfounded panic about a so-called measles epidemic; global vaccine safety issues; medical ethics; and corruption in the medical industrial military complex. Dr. Nass tries t... Continue reading →
  • John Noble, Jr, PhD

    John H. Noble, Jr, Ph.D., retired in August, 2005, from his position as Endowed Professor for Social Justice, The Catholic University of America. He has been Emeritus Professor since 1993 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he held joint appointments in the School of Social Work and in Rehabilitation Medicine. Over the years, his research and analytic interests have focused on the evaluation of public policy as it furthers or hinders the autonomy of disabled people. These interests converge on the human rights mission of the Alliance for Human Research Protection in confronti... Continue reading →
  • Edward Opton, Jr, PhD, JD

    Edward M. Opton, Jr., Ph.D., J.D, is a lawyer at the National Center for Youth Law, which provides legal services for low-income children. A graduate of Yale, he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University, a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. His current work focuses on the abuse of chemical restraints on children, especially foster children, by means of “antipsychotic” and other psychiatric drugs. Mr. Opton did research on psychological stress at UC Berkeley in the 1960s and ’70s and he was Associate Dean at The Wright Institu... Continue reading →
  • Vera Sharav, President

    A public advocate for human rights is the founder and president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) which serves as an information resource and public interest watchdog organization whose goal is to unlock the walls of secrecy in biomedical research and bring accountability to that endeavor. AHRP Infomails have a wide following: they are read by physicians and scientists, public health officials, journalists, lawyers, and patient advocacy organizations. Her advocacy achievements include: suspension of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pesticide experiment (CHEERS) on ch... Continue reading →
  • Huguette F. Streuli

    Huguette F. Streuli is a graduate of the University of Leuven (Belgium) where she earned a degree in psychology. She was awarded a degree of master of library science by Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. For the past 20 years — Huguette was the Director of Library Services in the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, an international law firm with more than 1300 lawyers in 21 locations. In that capacity, she was responsible for purchasing books and periodicals, as well as database access, and for negotiating license contracts. Dealing with library needs, supervising a staf... Continue reading →
  • Jennifer Margulis, PhD

    Jennifer Margulis, PhD, is an award-winning science writer, a Fulbright grantee, and a sought-after speaker. She is the daughter of renowned evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis, PhD. Dr. Margulis graduated magnum cum laude from Cornell University, earned a Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD from Emory University. She is the author/co-author/editor of eight nonfiction books, three of which have won national honors and awards. She has appeared live on prime-time television in Paris, France to advocate for an end to child slavery, worked on the liter... Continue reading →