Robin Dodson

Robin Dodson is a Research Scientist at Silent Spring Institute, a
nonprofit organization that researches the links between the
environment and women's health, especially breast cancer.  Her
expertise is in exposure assessment and indoor air pollution. She is
currently working on developing innovative exposure assessment methods
for cohort studies and intervention studies aimed at reducing indoor
pollution.  Dr. Dodson completed her doctorate in environmental health
at the Harvard School of Public Health where she designed and
conducted an exposure study in the Boston area focusing on residential
and personal exposures to volatile organic compounds, such as
chloroform from heated tap water, benzene from attached garages, and
formaldehyde from home furnishings. She developed models to evaluate
the potential impacts of chemicals on residential exposure in
secondary areas, such as basements, attached garages, and apartment
hallways. She also developed a personal exposure model based on
time-weighted microenvironmental concentrations to determine how
people are exposed to volatile organic compounds. In addition, she
evaluated methods for leveraging existing residential concentration
data to model residential concentrations for potential study
populations. As a graduate student, she also contributed to two
studies focusing on asthma in lower-socioeconomic-status urban
residences in the Boston area. 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 and a master’s in environmental science and risk management
from the Harvard School of Public Health.