Last updated on: 2/14/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD Biography

Title:
Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California at Berkeley
Position:
Con to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"
Reasoning:

“By 2016, we have evidence from more than a dozen epidemiological studies that heavy cellphone users, usually over long periods, 10 years or more, face increased risk of malignant and nonmalignant brain tumors.

The U.S. incidence of nonmalignant brain tumors has increased in recent years, especially among adolescents and young adults. It’s unlikely the increase was entirely due to improved detection because, according to one review, we would expect to see a plateau, then a reduction in incidence, which has not occurred. The most serious type of brain cancer has increased in parts of the brain near where people hold their phones. Observations that overall increases in brain cancer were not seen after the introduction of cellphones merely serve to illustrate that there can be a considerable lag between exposure to a carcinogen and the cancer’s diagnosis.”

“Should Cellphones Have Warning Labels?,” wsj.com, May 22, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of cell phones. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of cell phones.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director and Principal Investigator, Center for Family and Community Health, University of California at Berkeley
  • Former researcher, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Education:
  • PhD, Social Psychology, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • MA, Social Psychology, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • BA, Mathematics, Rutgers University
Contact Info:
Phone
510-643-7314
Email
jmm@berkeley.edu
Website
Faculty biography
Other:
  • Associate Producer, Mobilize (a documentary about the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation)
  • Twitter handle: @berkeleyprc
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?