Robin Dodson, ScD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MS, Harvard School of Public Health

Robin Dodson is a research scientist with expertise in exposure assessment, particularly in the indoor environment. Her research focuses on three main areas: development of novel exposure measurements for epidemiological and community-based studies, analysis of environmental exposure data with a particular emphasis on semi-volatile organic compounds such as phthalates and flame retardant chemicals, and intervention studies aimed at reducing chemical exposures. Dr. Dodson oversees the Institute’s consumer product exposure research. She was the lead author on a landmark peer-reviewed study on endocrine disrupting and asthma-associated chemicals in more than 200 consumer products. As part of the Centers for Disease Control’s Green Housing study, she is currently investigating exposure in children with asthma to chemicals in consumer products and building materials. She leads Silent Spring’s Healthy Green Campus project, a research effort aimed at making health an integral part of sustainability practices on college campuses.

Dr. Dodson completed her doctorate in environmental health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For her graduate work, she designed and conducted an exposure study in the Boston area focusing on residential and personal exposures to volatile organic compounds. She developed models to evaluate the transport of pollutants in the indoor environment and determine the contribution of various microenvironments to personal exposures. In addition, she evaluated methods for using existing residential exposure data to model residential exposures in the general population. As a graduate student, she contributed to two studies focusing on asthma in lower-socioeconomic-status urban residences in the Boston area.

Dr. Dodson is an adjunct assistant professor of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health and also holds an appointment as a visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She previously taught biostatistics at Brandeis University for eight years. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Dodson worked at Menzie-Cura and Associates, where she contributed to both human and ecological risk assessments. In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Dodson holds a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Bates College, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, and a master’s in environmental science and risk management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Dodson’s interest in studying air pollution began in sixth grade when she first learned about the depleting effects of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone layer. Today, she has dedicated her career to improving public health through her applied research, and hopes to inspire a new generation of young girls to become “future scientists.”

2007 Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Harvard University: Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
2006 Air & Waste Management Association – New England Section: Second Place: Student Paper Competition
2005 International Society for Exposure Analysis Conference: Student Travel Scholarship
2000 Bates College: Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society
2000 Bates College: Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
2000 Bates College: Environmental Studies Thesis Honors Recipient

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  1. Dodson RE, Cardona B, Zota AR, Robinson Flint J, Navarro S, Shamasunder B. Personal care product use among diverse women in California: Taking Stock Study. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 May 06. PMID: 33958707
  2. Rodgers KM, Bennett D, Moran R, Knox K, Stoiber T, Gill R, Young TM, Blum A, Dodson RE. Do flame retardant concentrations change in dust after older upholstered furniture is replaced? Environ Int. 2021 Mar 23; 153:106513. PMID: 33770624
  3. Wang VA, Chu MT, Chie L, Gaston SA, Jackson CL, Newendorp N, Uretsky E, Dodson RE, Adamkiewicz G, James-Todd T. Acculturation and endocrine disrupting chemical-associated personal care product use among US-based foreign-born Chinese women of reproductive age. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 03; 31(2):224-232. PMID: 33235331
  4. Dodson RE, Boronow KE, Susmann H, Udesky JO, Rodgers KM, Weller D, Woudneh M, Brody JG, Rudel RA. Consumer behavior and exposure to parabens, bisphenols, triclosan, dichlorophenols, and benzophenone-3: Results from a crowdsourced biomonitoring study. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2020 Sep 13; 113624. PMID: 33011057
  5. Udesky JO, Dodson RE, Perovich LJ, Rudel RA. Wrangling environmental exposure data: guidance for getting the best information from your laboratory measurements. Environ Health. 2019 11 21; 18(1):99. PMID: 31752881
  6. Goodwin Robbins LJ, Rodgers KM, Walsh B, Ain R, Dodson RE. Pruning chemicals from the green building landscape. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2020 03; 30(2):236-246. PMID: 31591494
  7. Rodgers KM, Swetschinski LR, Dodson RE, Alpert HR, Fleming JM, Rudel RA. Health Toll From Open Flame and Cigarette-Started Fires on Flame-Retardant Furniture in Massachusetts, 2003-2016. Am J Public Health. 2019 09; 109(9):1205-1211. PMID: 31318595
  8. Dembsey NA, Brokaw FM, Stapleton HM, Dodson RE, Onasch J, Jazan E, Carignan CC. Intervention to reduce gymnast exposure to flame retardants from pit foam: A case study. Environ Int. 2019 06; 127:868-875. PMID: 30922522
  9. Helm JS, Nishioka M, Brody JG, Rudel RA, Dodson RE. Re: Measurement of endocrine disrupting and asthma-associated chemicals in hair products used by Black women. Environ Res. 2019 05; 172:719-721. PMID: 30616861
  10. Fantke P, Aylward L, Bare J, Chiu WA, Dodson R, Dwyer R, Ernstoff A, Howard B, Jantunen M, Jolliet O, Judson R, Kirchhübel N, Li D, Miller A, Paoli G, Price P, Rhomberg L, Shen B, Shin HM, Teeguarden J, Vallero D, Wambaugh J, Wetmore BA, Zaleski R, McKone TE. Advancements in Life Cycle Human Exposure and Toxicity Characterization. Environ Health Perspect. 2018 12; 126(12):125001. PMID: 30540492
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Air Pollution
semi-volatile organic compounds
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