Christopher M. Pitoscia, MPH, CSP

Roles and Responsibilities

As Associate Director, Chris provides departmental leadership and overall strategic direction for EH&S research safety programs and the safety culture of the organization, at large.  Chris is responsible for the integration and alignment of EH&S programs, as well as the development and coordination of engagement strategies between EH&S and the Columbia research community and related stakeholder groups.  The Associate Director is further responsible for the initiation and execution of key safety-related projects, and assists with emergency planning and the identification of evolving areas of safety and compliance need.   Chris also serves as the primary contact for new Principal Investigator laboratory orientation on behalf of EH&S, and is an active member of several University-level safety committees.


Chris joined Columbia EH&S in 2004 and worked in a variety of roles in the Research Safety and Biological Safety programs before being named Associate Director.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He earned his Certified Safety Professional accreditation through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in 2016, and has been a guest instructor in the Mailman School’s Environmental Health Sciences Methods course, focusing on risk assessment, since 2015.  His current professional interests include advancing measurable safety criteria in Columbia’s laboratories and improving the overall safety culture of the University.

Chris enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and friends, seeing live music and traveling.