Emma Ryan, MPH

Emma Ryan
Research Assistant

Emma Ryan joined Silent Spring Institute as a Research Assistant in November 2023. Passionate about finding solutions to promote environmental health equity, she currently supports Silent Spring’s research on PFAS-contaminated drinking water and home-based PFAS exposures, as well as the impacts of PFAS on communities. Before joining Silent Spring, Emma worked as a Senior Research Assistant and Special Projects Manager at the Tufts School of Public Health researching family-based interventions to prevent early adolescent substance use.

Emma received a BA in Environmental Studies from Yale College and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from Yale School of Public Health. Her undergraduate research focused on community involvement in New Haven’s climate planning process and her master’s research examined health professional students’ understanding of the intersections of healthcare, environmental pollution, and the climate crisis. After completing her MPH, Emma worked on a study investigating the relationship between water quality and proximity to hydraulic fracturing sites in Pennsylvania.

Outside of work, Emma spends her time traveling and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, volunteering with a tutoring program, reading books from the library, and knitting.