Project 1: Adolescents' Exposure to Endocrine
Disrupting Chemicals:
Cognitive and Behavioral Development

A Research Partnership Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Assess the associations between exposure to phthalates, phenols, parabens and other endocrine disruptors during adolescence and neurodevelopmental outcomes using a battery of tests and scales that measure visual-motor abilities, verbal abilities, working memory and risk for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


  • Examine whether associations between these exposures and neurobehavioral outcomes are different in obese and normal weight children.


  • Examine whether associations between phthalate, phenols, and parabens exposure and neurobehavioral outcomes are different in boys and girls.