Katie Boronow, MS

Staff Scientist

Katie Boronow joined Silent Spring Institute in 2015. Katie develops personal results reports for participants in exposure biomonitoring studies using DERBI, the Digital Exposure Report-Back Interface. Katie studies what people know about endocrine disrupting and cancer causing chemicals and how personal exposure reports can build environmental health literacy about these chemicals. She also researches how people’s behavior can influence their exposures to consumer product chemicals.

Katie holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in organismic and evolutionary biology and a bachelor’s from Yale University in biology. Her academic interests centered on the physiological and behavioral responses of lizards to environmental stressors, such as novel predators and climatic gradients, which she pursued through extensive fieldwork. Prior to graduate school, Katie worked at Eastern Research Group as an environmental scientist where she researched worker exposure to silica and diacetyl and assisted with community health investigations into potential exposure to toxic chemicals.


Publications & Presentations

  • Boronow, K.E., L.J. Perovich, L. Sweeney, J.S. Yoo, R.A. Rudel, P. Brown, J.G. Brody. 2020. Privacy Risks of Sharing Data from Environmental Health StudiesEnvironmental Health Perspectives. 128(1): 17008. doi.org/10.1289/EHP4817

  • Boronow, K.E., J.G. Brody, L.A. Schaider, G.F. Peaslee, L. Havas, B.A. Cohn. 2019. Serum concentrations of PFASs and exposure-related behaviors in African American and non-Hispanic white women. Journal of Exposure Science &Environmental Epidemiology. DOI: 10.1038/s41370-018-0109-y

  • Boronow, K.E., H.P. Susmann, K.Z. Gajos, R.A. Rudel, K.C. Arnold, P. Brown, R. Morello-Frosch, L. Havas, J.G. Brody. 2017. DERBI: A Digital Method to Help Researchers Offer “Right-to-Know” Personal Exposure Results. Environmental Health Perspectives, 125(2):A27-A33. doi:10.1289/EHP702.

  • Sweeney L, J. Yoo, L. Perovich, K. Boronow, P. Brown, J. Brody. 2017. Re‐identification Risks in HIPAA Safe Harbor Data: A study of data from one environmental health study. Technology Science. 2017082801.

  • Udesky, J.O., K.E. Boronow, P. Brown, L.J. Perovich, J.G. Brody. 2020. Perceived Risks, Benefits, and Interest in Participating in Environmental Health Studies That Share Personal Exposure Data: A U.S. Survey of Prospective ParticipantsJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. doi.org/10.1177/1556264620903595

  • Dodson, R.E., K. E. Boronow, H. Susmann, J.O. Udesky, K.M. Rodgers, D. Weller, M. Woudneh, J.G. Brody, R.A. Rudel. 2020. Consumer behavior and exposure to parabens, bisphenols, triclosan, dichlorophenols, and benzophenone-3: Results from a crowdsourced biomonitoring study. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2020.113624