Kelly Hoffman is a research environmental scientist at RTI’s Center for Environmental Health, Risk, and Sustainability. Ms. Hoffman has extensive experience in assessing exposure to environmental and occupational contaminants, communicating risk to diverse audiences, and developing practical solutions to improve environmental health outcomes. She also specializes in using Bayesian statistics and geospatial analysis to model environmental health processes. Ms. Hoffman is passionate about using her interdisciplinary background in exposure science, environmental epidemiology, risk communication, and data visualization to advance health equity.
Currently, Ms. Hoffman supports a wide range of projects at RTI related to drinking water quality, children’s environmental health, and environmental justice. Specifically, her work focuses on assessing schools and childcare facilities across North Carolina and Georgia for lead and other environmental contaminants as well as analyzing private well water across the U.S. for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Prior to joining RTI in 2022, Ms. Hoffman served as an epidemiologist for the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, which aims to prevent, identify, and treat childhood lead poisoning statewide. She led efforts to improve the collection, management, and analysis of blood lead surveillance data, established Hawaii’s Residential Lead Investigation Program, and supported multiple statewide projects assessing lead contamination in drinking water and soils at public schools and childcare facilities. Ms. Hoffman also previously worked as a project manager for an environmental consulting firm, where she coordinated the assessment and removal of environmental and occupational contaminants, including asbestos-containing material and lead-based paint.