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, Bessonneau V, Udesky JO, Nishioka M, McCauley M, Rudel RA. Passive indoor air sampling for consumer product chemicals: a field evaluation study. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2018 Sep 20. PMID: 30237551.
  2. Helm JS, Nishioka M, Brody JG, Rudel RA, Dodson RE. Measurement of endocrine disrupting and asthma-associated chemicals in hair products used by Black women. Environ Res. 2018 Aug; 165:448-458. PMID: 29705122.
  3. Mitro SD, Chu MT, Dodson RE, Adamkiewicz G, Chie L, Brown FM, James-Todd TM. Phthalate metabolite exposures among immigrants living in the United States: findings from NHANES, 1999-2014. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2018 Mar 23. PMID: 29572484.
  4. Dodson RE, Udesky JO, Colton MD, McCauley M, Camann DE, Yau AY, Adamkiewicz G, Rudel RA. Chemical exposures in recently renovated low-income housing: Influence of building materials and occupant activities. Environ Int. 2017 12; 109:114-127. PMID: 28916131; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.07.007;.
  5. Zota AR, Singla V, Adamkiewicz G, Mitro SD, Dodson RE. Reducing chemical exposures at home: opportunities for action. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017 Jul 29. PMID: 28756396.
  6. Dodson RE, Rodgers KM, Carey G, Cedeno Laurent JG, Covaci A, Poma G, Malarvannan G, Spengler JD, Rudel RA, Allen JG. Flame Retardant Chemicals in College Dormitories: Flammability Standards Influence Dust Concentrations. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 May 02; 51(9):4860-4869. PMID: 28406624; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00429;.
  7. Mitro SD, Dodson RE, Singla V, Adamkiewicz G, Elmi AF, Tilly MK, Zota AR. Correction to Consumer Product Chemicals in Indoor Dust: A Quantitative Meta-Analysis of U.S. Studies. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 12 20; 50(24):13611. PMID: 27993061; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05530;.
  8. Mitro SD, Dodson RE, Singla V, Adamkiewicz G, Elmi AF, Tilly MK, Zota AR. Consumer Product Chemicals in Indoor Dust: A Quantitative Meta-analysis of U.S. Studies. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 10 04; 50(19):10661-10672. PMID: 27623734; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b02023;.
  9. Dodson RE, Camann DE, Morello-Frosch R, Brody JG, Rudel RA. Semivolatile organic compounds in homes: strategies for efficient and systematic exposure measurement based on empirical and theoretical factors. Environ Sci Technol. 2015 Jan 06; 49(1):113-22. PMID: 25488487; DOI: 10.1021/es502988r;.
  10. Dodson RE, Van den Eede N, Covaci A, Perovich LJ, Brody JG, Rudel RA. Urinary biomonitoring of phosphate flame retardants: levels in California adults and recommendations for future studies. Environ Sci Technol. 2014 Dec 02; 48(23):13625-33. PMID: 25388620; DOI: 10.1021/es503445c;.
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Air Pollution
semi-volatile organic compounds
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