BA, 1978, Macquarie University, Sydney
Ph.D., 1983, Harvard University
Dr. Ryan works on statistical methods related to environmental risk assessment for cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and other adverse health effects. She has been involved in National Academy evaluations of several high profile environmental issues, including risks associated with arsenic and drinking water as well as methylmercury. Dr Ryan is an advocate of using cutting edge statistical methods to synthesize data and information from multiple sources in order to inform good quality environmental decision making.
Dr. Ryan is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and in the International Statistics Institute. She served in a variety of professional capacities, including co-editor of Biometrics and President of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society. She has served on advisory boards for several government agencies, including the National Toxicology Program and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as several committees for the National Academy of Science. Dr Ryan is an active proponent of diversity in higher education and has received a number of awards recognizing her contributions to public health.