Kimberly A. Sullivan, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Health
Kimberly Sullivan
Talbot – T439W
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Dr. Sullivan is a Research Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health department of Environmental Health and the former Associate Scientific Director for the congressionally directed Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) on the currently funded large multi-site Gulf War Illness Consortium study that includes 9 study sites and is designed to determine the pathobiology of Gulf War Illness (GWI). She is also the site PI on a treatment trial of intranasal insulin to treat cognitive problems in veterans with GWI, a treatment trial of D-cycloserine to treat GWI and for a PET imaging study of neuroinflammation in veterans with GWI. She was also the Principal Investigator of a study of cognition and structural MRI neuroimaging in pesticide exposed Gulf War veterans. Dr. Sullivan has worked in the field of behavioral neurotoxicology since 1995. She has coordinated field studies in neurotoxicology (i.e., pesticides, methylmercury), neurobehavioral outcomes and the effects of physical stressors and genetic predisposition to disease on cognitive functioning.


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Curry College, BA


  • Published on 9/25/2015

    White RF, Steele L, O'Callaghan JP, Sullivan K, Binns JH, Golomb BA, Bloom FE, Bunker JA, Crawford F, Graves JC, Hardie A, Klimas N, Knox M, Meggs WJ, Melling J, Philbert MA, Grashow R. Recent research on Gulf War illness and other health problems in veterans of the 1991 Gulf War: Effects of toxicant exposures during deployment. Cortex. 2016 Jan; 74:449-75. PMID: 26493934.

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  • Published on 8/19/2015

    Yee MK, Seichepine DR, Janulewicz PA, Sullivan KA, Proctor SP, Krengel MH. Self-Reported Traumatic Brain Injury, Health and Rate of Chronic Multisymptom Illness in Veterans From the 1990-1991 Gulf War. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2015 Aug 19. PMID: 26291628.

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  • Published on 5/30/2014

    Binns, J., Bloom, F., Bunker, J., Crawford, F., Golomb, B., Graves, J., Klimas, N., O’Callaghan, J., Ondra, S., Philbert, M., Steele, L., White, R., Barlow, C., Hardie, A., Knox, M., Meggs, W., Sullivan, K., Melling, J. . Report of the VA Federal Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses. Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans: Research Update and Recommendations, 2009-2013. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC. U.S. Government Printing Office. Washington, DC. 2014.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Sullivan, K., Krengel, M, Janulewicz, P. & Chamberlain, J. . An overview of toxicant exposures in veteran cohorts from Vietnam to Iraq. In Amara, J. & Hendricks, A.(editors).Military Medical Care: From Predeployment to Post-separation. Abingdon: Routledge publishers. 2013.

  • Published on 1/11/2012

    Ellenbogen, J., Grace, S., Heiger-Bernays, W., Manwell, J., Mills, D., Sullivan, K. & Weisskopf, M. . Expert Panel Report for Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of Independent Expert Panel, prepared for Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 2012.

  • Published on 1/1/2011

    White, RF., Sullivan, K. Response to is Gulf War Illness “Real”: The jury is still out by DR Orme. Federal Practioner. 2011.

  • Published on 10/17/2008

    Chevrier C, Sullivan K, White RF, Comtois C, Cordier S, Grandjean P. Qualitative assessment of visuospatial errors in mercury-exposed Amazonian children. Neurotoxicology. 2009 Jan; 30(1):37-46. PMID: 18992767.

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  • Published on 1/1/2003

    Sullivan, K., Krengel, M., Proctor, S. P., Devine, S., Heeren, T., & White, R. F. . Cognitive functioning in treatment-seeking Gulf War veterans: pyridostigmine bromide use and PTSD. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 2003; 25:95-102.

  • Published on 3/1/2001

    Grandjean P, White RF, Sullivan K, Debes F, Murata K, Otto DA, Weihe P. Impact of contrast sensitivity performance on visually presented neurobehavioral tests in mercury-exposed children. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2001 Mar-Apr; 23(2):141-6. PMID: 11348831.

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  • Published on 12/1/1997

    Seshadri S, Wolf PA, Beiser A, Au R, McNulty K, White R, D'Agostino RB. Lifetime risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The impact of mortality on risk estimates in the Framingham Study. Neurology. 1997 Dec; 49(6):1498-504. PMID: 9409336.

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