Kimberly K. Garrett




I’m a PhD environmental health researcher and I work at the intersection of environmental toxicology, public health, and environmental justice.

Environmental Health Scientist

Current Work:

  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Employer: Northeastern University
  • City: Boston, MA, USA
  • Institute: Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute
  • Department: Sociology & Anthropology
  • Website:
  • Group: The PFAS Project Lab

I’m a member of the interdisciplinary PFAS Project, a collaborative group addressing the global PFAS contamination crisis through community-collaborative research. My current work involves modeling presumptive PFAS contamination sites and studying the interactions of environments, communities, and governments on PFAS contamination, exposure, and remediation.

In previous work, I’ve studied the chemical toxicology of mitochondrial poisons, identified potential antidotes, and modeled impacts of climate change on disease outbreaks. My featured skills include electronic absorption spectroscopy, high-resolution respirometry, insect exposure models, and ArcGIS. Outside of the lab, you can find me birdwatching, biking, or knitting.


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Doctorate of Philosophy in Environmental and Occupational Health

December 2021

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA

Dissertation: Potential Antidotes to Phosphine Poisoning

Advisor: Dr. Jim Peterson

Masters of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health

May 2017

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA

Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certificate

Masters Thesis: The effect of Climate Change on Risk of Anthrax Infection in the Kobuk Valley, Alaska

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

January 2015

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Minor in Women’s Studies

Professional Research Experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate

March 2022 - Present

Northeastern University, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Boston, MA

Advisor: Dr. Phil Brown

Graduate Student Researcher

2016 - 2021

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Identified novel transition-metal based candidate antidotes to mitochondrial inhibitors phosphine, cyanide, and azide
  • Managed up to 5 projects or tasks at a given time while under pressure

Research Intern

2016 - 2017

Allegheny County Health Department, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Conducted county-wide Lyme disease surveillance, classified case reports, and maintained PA-NEDSS records

Research Assistant

2016 - 2017

Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Decision Science, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Prevention Options for Women Evaluation Research (POWER) project, designed and assessed behavioral health surveys of factors on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis use in at-risk populations in Kenya and South Africa

Research Assistant


Meadville Community Wellness Initiative, Meadville, PA

  • Designed and disseminated behavioral and environmental health survey of seventh and fifth grade students, assessed community food, transportation, and recreation access needs based on results and communicated information to community stakeholders




Garrett, K. K., Brown, P., Varshavsky, J., & Cordner, A. (2022). Improving Governance of “Forever Chemicals” in the US and Beyond. OneEarth. DOI:10.1016/j.oneear.2022.10.003

Salvatore, D., Mok, K., Garrett, K.K., Poudrier, G., Brown, P. Birnbaum, L., Goldenman, G., Miller, M., Patton, S., Poehlein, M., Varshavsky, J., & Cordner, A. (2022). Presumptive Contamination: A New Approach to PFAS Contamination Based on Likely Sources. Environmental science & toxicology letters. DOI:10.1021/acs.estlett.2c00502

Garrett, K. K., Frawley, K. L., Totoni, S. C., Bae, Y., Peterson, J., & Pearce, L. L. (2019). The Antidotal Action of Some Gold (I) Complexes Toward Phosphine Toxicity. Chemical research in toxicology. DOI:10.1021/acs.chemrestox.9b00095

Praekunatham, H., Garrett, K. K., Bae, Y., Cronican, A. A., Frawley, K. L., Pearce, L. L. & Peterson J. (2019). A Cobalt Schiff-base Complex as a Putative Therapeutic for Azide Poisoning. Chemical research in toxicology. DOI:10.1021/acs.chemrestox.9b00229

Talks and Selected Media Interviews


Youmshajekian, L. (2023). You’re probably awash in ‘forever chemicals.’ Here’s why that matters. ScienceLine.

Cordner, A. & Garrett, K. (2022). Presumptive Contamination: A New Approach to PFAS Contamination Based on Likely Sources. Collaborative on Health and the Environment PFAS Webinar Series.

Janae, D. (2021). Meet Pittsburgh’s pigeon whisperer: Kim Garrett. Pittsburgh City Paper.

Garrett, K. (2020). Tear gas is a chemical weapon: The toxicology of state violence. Pitt Graduate Student Organizing Committee Science and Society Lecture Series. University of Pittsburgh.


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