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Superfund Research Program

Phil Brown

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, 318INV
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617-373-7407


Hazardous Waste Sites

Bay Street neighborhood of North Tiverton

  • Brown University: Community Engagement Core


  • Cordero JF, Meeker JD, Loch-Caruso R, Giese RW, Padilla IY, Vesper D, Kaeli D, Sheahan TC, Brown P, Velez Vega CM, Alshawabkeh AN. Team science applied to environmental health research: karst hydrogeology and preterm birth in Puerto Rico. In: Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health. Advances in Karst Science. Springer International Publishing,


  • Cardona-Cordero NR, Previdi IL, Torres H, Ayala I, Boronow KE, Rivera A, Meeker JD, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Brody JG, Brown P, Velez Vega CM. 2023. Mi PROTECT: A personalized smartphone platform to report back results to participants of a maternal-child and environmental health research cohort program in Puerto Rico. PLOS Digit Health 2(1):doi:10.1371/journal.pdig.0000172 PMID:36812649 PMCID:PMC9931308
  • Woodruff TJ, Rayasam SD, Axelrad DA, Koman PD, Chartres N, Bennett DH, Birnbaum LS, Brown P, Carignan C, Cooper C, Cranor CF, Diamond ML, Franjevic S, Gartner EC, Hattis D, Hauser R, Heiger-Bernays WJ, Joglekar R, Lam J, Levy JI, MacRoy PM, Maffini MV, Marquez EC, Morello-Frosch R, Nachman KE, Nielsen G, Oksas C, Abrahamsson DP, Patisaul HB, Patton S, Robinson JF, Rodgers KM, Rossi MS, Rudel RA, Sass JB, Sathyanarayana S, Schettler T, Shaffer RM, Shamasunder B, Shepard PM, Shrader-Frechette K, Solomon G, Subra W, Vandenberg LN, Varshavsky J, White RF, Zarker K, Zeise L. 2023. A science-based agenda for health-protective chemical assessments and decisions: overview and consensus statement. Environmental Health 21(Suppl1):132. doi:10.1186/s12940-022-00930-3 PMID:36635734 PMCID:PMC9835243


  • Eick SM, Meeker JD, Swartzendruber A, Rios-McConnell R, Brown P, Velez-Vega C, Shen Y, Alshwabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Ferguson KK. 2020. Relationships between psychosocial factors during pregnancy and preterm birth in Puerto Rico. PLoS One 15(1):e0227976. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0227976 PMID:31995596 PMCID:PMC6988967
  • Manjourides J, Zimmerman E, Watkins DJ, Carpenito T, Velez Vega CM, Huerta-Montanez G, Rosario-Pabon Z, Ayala I, Vergara C, Feric Z, Ondras M, Suh H, Gu AZ, Brown P, Cordero JF, Meeker JD, Alshawabkeh AN. 2020. Cohort profile: Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico. BMJ Open 10(7):e036389. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036389 PMID:32690520 PMCID:PMC7371225
  • Watkins DJ, Zayas H, Velez Vega CM, Rosario Z, Welton M, Arroyo L, Cardona-Cordero NR, Reguero Z, Rivera A, Huerta-Montanez G, Brown P, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. 2020. Investigating the impact of Hurricane Maria on an ongoing birth cohort in Puerto Rico. Popul Env 42:95-111. doi:10.1007/s11111-020-00345-7
  • Welton M, Velez Vega CM, Murphy C, Rosario Z, Torres H, Russell E, Brown P, Huerta-Montanez G, Watkins DJ, Meeker JD, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF. 2020. Impact of hurricanes irma and maria on puerto rico maternal and child health research programs. Matern Child Health J 24(1):22-29. doi:10.1007/s10995-019-02824-2 PMID:31728717 PMCID:PMC7059554


  • Brody JG, Brown P, Morello-Frosch R. 2019. Returning chemical exposure results to individuals and communities. In: Environmental Health Literacy. Springer, pp.135-164.
  • Brown P, Clark S, Zimmerman E, Miller M, Valenti M. 2019. Health professionals' environmental health literacy. In: Environmental Health Literacy. Springer, pp.195-230.
  • Cordner A, De La Rosa VY, Schaider LA, Rudel RA, Richter L, Brown P. 2019. Guideline levels for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water: the role of scientific uncertainty, risk assessment decisions, and social factors. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 29:157-171. doi:10.1038/s41370-018-0099-9 PMID:30622333 PMCID:PMC6455940
  • Eick SM, Meeker JD, Brown P, Swartzendruber A, Rios-McConnell R, Shen Y, Milne GL, Velez-Vega C, Rosario Z, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Ferguson KK. 2019. Associations between socioeconomic status, psychosocial stress, and urinary levels of 8-iso-prostaglandin-F-2 alpha during pregnancy in Puerto Rico. Free Radic Biol Med 143:95-100. doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2019.07.032 PMID:31369838 PMCID:PMC6848779


  • Ashrap P, Watkins DJ, Calafat AM, Ye X, Rosario Z, Brown P, Velez Vega CM, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. 2018. Elevated concentrations of urinary triclocarban, phenol and paraben among pregnant women in Northern Puerto Rico: predictors and trends. Environ Int 121:990-1002. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2018.08.020 PMID:30316544
  • Brown P, Velez Vega CM, Murphy C, Welton M, Torres H, Rosario Z, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Padilla IY, Meeker JD. 2018. Hurricanes and the environmental justice island: Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. Environ Justice 11(4):148-153. doi:10.1089/env.2018.0003 PMID:31131071 PMCID:PMC6114726
  • Zimmerman E, Borkowski C, Clark S, Brown P. 2018. Educating speech-language pathologists working in early intervention on environmental health. BMC Med Educ 18(1):155. doi:10.1186/s12909-018-1266-3 PMID:29970068 PMCID:PMC6029042


  • Cordero JF, Meeker JD, Loch-Caruso R, Giese RW, Padilla IY, Vesper D, Kaeli D, Sheahan TC, Brown P, Velez Vega CM, Alshawabkeh AN. 2017. Team science applied to environmental health research: karst hydrogeology and preterm birth in Puerto Rico. In: Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health: Beyond Case Studies. Springer, New York, NY. pp.17-25.
  • Ohayon JL, Cousins E, Brown P, Morello-Frosch R, Brody JG. 2017. Researcher and institutional review board perspectives on the benefits and challenges of reporting back biomonitoring and environmental exposure results. Environ Res 153:140-149. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2016.12.003 PMID:27960129


  • Ramirez-Andreotta M, Brody JG, Lothrop N, Loh M, Beamer P, Brown P. 2016. Improving environmental health literacy and justice through environmental exposure results communication. Int J Environ Health Res 13(7):690. doi:10.3390/ijerph13070690 PMID:27399755 PMCID:PMC4962231
  • Ramirez-Andreotta M, Brody JG, Lothrop N, Loh M, Beamer P, Brown P. 2016. Reporting back environmental exposure data and free choice learning. Environ Health 15:2. doi:10.1186/s12940-015-0080-1 PMID:26748908 PMCID:PMC4707004
  • Velez Vega CM, Brown P, Murphy C, Figueroa A, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh AN. 2016. Community engagement and research translation in Puerto Rico's Northern Karst Region: the PROTECT Superfund research program. New Solut 26(3):475-495. doi:10.1177/1048291116667715
  • Zarate OA, Brody JG, Brown P, Perovich L, Matz J. 2016. Balancing benefits and risks of immortal data: participants' views of open consent in the personal genome project. Hastings Cent Rep 46(1):36-45. doi:10.1002/hast.523 PMID:26678513 PMCID:PMC4871108



  • Brown P, Cordner A. 2011. Lessons learned from flame retardant use and regulation could enhance future control of potentially hazardous chemicals. Health Aff (Millwood) 30(5):906-914. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2010.1228 PMID:21555474



  • Senier L, Hudson B, Fort S, Hoover E, Tillson R, Brown P. 2008. Brown Superfund Basic research Program: a multistakeholder partnership addresses real-world problems in contaminated communities. Environ Sci Technol 42(13):4655-4662. PMID:18677987 PMCID:PMC2504735


  • Brown P, Senier L, Hoover E. 2006. A model home equity loan program for areas with highly contaminated property. In: Proceedings of the National Environmental Public Health Conference, December 5th. Alanta, GA.
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