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Staff Q&A: Kathy Boon, MPH, senior program administrator, CFAR

Kathy Boon

Kathy Boon, MPH, senior program administrator at the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR), helps manage research studies and operations for the center, part of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM).

Read a Q&A with Boon below.

Where are you originally from?

I was born and raised in Chicago, IL in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in community health and wellness with a minor in social work. I also have a Master’s degree in public health.

Please tell us about your professional background.

I have worked in the field of public health since the year 2008. I’ve interned at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health researching sexuality education in the elderly population. I’ve worked as a health educator for youth guidance at Roberto Clemente High School. I also had the opportunity to work as a bilingual lung health educator for the Respiratory Health Association at Stroger Hospital.

Why do you enjoy working at Northwestern?

Northwestern is a great institution comprised of so many talented faculty and staff. It’s an honor to be able to work and learn from people with such different backgrounds and expertise.

How do you help scientists or research students at the medical school?

I currently work for the Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research as a senior program administrator. I support the center by managing research studies in addition to our center operations.

What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is being able to work with so many talented and passionate people who are truly motivated by the work that they do.

What exciting projects are you working on?

I’m a bit biased, so I think all of the projects I work on are exciting. Our center conducts research in the area of food allergy and asthma. No one study is the same, and I think that’s what makes our work so exciting!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my husband and 6-year-old son and 2-year old twins. Travel is something I also enjoy, so looking forward to doing more of that soon!