BiographyDr. Scammell is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and a JPB Environmental Health Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health. Her expertise is in the area of community-driven and community-based participatory research and includes the use of qualitative methods in the area of environmental health and epidemiologic studies. She leads the Community Engagement Cores of two research centers: The Boston University Superfund Research Center (funded by NIEHS/NIH), and the Center for Research on Social and Environmental Stressors in Housing across the Lifecourse (joint center between Boston University and Harvard-Chan School of Public Health funded by NIMHD/NIH and EPA). In this capacity her work includes developing mechanisms to support long-and short-term research relationships between community groups and scientists, and responding to community requests for scientific assistance. One example is a community-driven ambient air monitoring study focused on PCBs exposures near the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site. Dr. Scammell was the Principal Investigator of an EPA STAR grant to study cumulative risk in the urban environmental justice population of Chelsea, MA, where she lives and works in partnership with the Chelsea Collaborative and GreenRoots. Dr. Scammell has also partnered with the Boston Housing Authority, the Boston Public Health Commission and investigators at the Boston University School of Social Work on several studies to address systemic, social and structural environmental health stressors in the home environment. Dr. Scammell is presently a co-investigator on a study of the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America known as Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN), and is a member of the Consortium for the Epidemic of Nephropathy in Central America and Mexico (CENCAM). Dr. Scammell serves of the Board of Health in the City of Chelsea, and as Chair of the board of directors of the Science & Environmental Health Network. She co-teaches an upper level course, Environmental Health Science, Law and Policy. Previously she taught Foundations of Environmental Health, and recently she co-designed a course in Community-Engaged Research: Theory, application and methods, to be taught in 2017. In 2014 Dr. Scammell co-edited with Charles Levenstein, The Toxic Schoolhouse, published by Baywood Press (now Routledge).
- Boston University School of Public Health, DSc
- University of Vermont, BA
- Published on 8/1/2016
Scammell MK, Gonzalez M. Land, Life, and Security: An Interview with Edgardo Garcia, Secretary General of the Association of Farm Workers in Nicaragua. New Solut. 2016 Aug; 26(2):314-25. PMID: 27406112.
- Published on 4/20/2016
Lane KJ, Levy JI, Scammell MK, Peters JL, Patton AP, Reisner E, Lowe L, Zamore W, Durant JL, Brugge D. Association of modeled long-term personal exposure to ultrafine particles with inflammatory and coagulation biomarkers. Environ Int. 2016 Jul-Aug; 92-93:173-82. PMID: 27107222.
- Published on 3/12/2016
Pennell KG, Scammell MK, McClean MD, Suuberg EM, Moradi A, Roghani M, Ames J, Friguglietti L, Indeglia PA, Shen R, Yao Y, Heiger-Bernays WJ. Field data and numerical modeling: A multiple lines of evidence approach for assessing vapor intrusion exposure risks. Sci Total Environ. 2016 Jun 15; 556:291-301. PMID: 26977535.
- Published on 1/4/2016
Ou JY, Levy JI, Peters JL, Bongiovanni R, Garcia-Soto J, Medina R, Scammell MK. A Walk in the Park: The Influence of Urban Parks and Community Violence on Physical Activity in Chelsea, MA. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Jan; 13(1). PMID: 26742051.
- Published on 12/16/2015
Payne-Sturges DC, Korfmacher KS, Cory-Slechta DA, Jimenez M, Symanski E, Carr Shmool JL, Dotson-Newman O, Clougherty JE, French R, Levy JI, Laumbach R, Rodgers K, Bongiovanni R, Scammell MK. Engaging communities in research on cumulative risk and social stress-environment interactions: Lessons learned from EPA’s STAR Program. Environmental Justice. 2015; 8(6):203-212.
- Published on 10/9/2015
Laws RL, Brooks DR, Amador JJ, Weiner DE, Kaufman JS, Ramírez-Rubio O, Riefkohl A, Scammell MK, López-Pilarte D, Sánchez JM, Parikh CR, McClean MD. Biomarkers of Kidney Injury Among Nicaraguan Sugarcane Workers. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 Feb; 67(2):209-17. PMID: 26454687.
- Published on 7/22/2015
Osterberg D, Scammell MK. PCBs in schools--where communities and science come together. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2016 Feb; 23(3):1998-2002. PMID: 26194237.
- Published on 4/1/2015
Lane KJ, Levy JI, Scammell MK, Patton AP, Durant JL, Mwamburi M, Zamore W, Brugge D. Effect of time-activity adjustment on exposure assessment for traffic-related ultrafine particles. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2015 Sep-Oct; 25(5):506-16. PMID: 25827314.
- Published on 1/28/2015
Laws RL, Brooks DR, Amador JJ, Weiner DE, Kaufman JS, Ramírez-Rubio O, Riefkohl A, Scammell MK, López-Pilarte D, Sánchez JM, Parikh CR, McClean MD. Changes in kidney function among Nicaraguan sugarcane workers. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2015 Jul-Sep; 21(3):241-50. PMID: 25631575.
- Published on 1/1/2015
Zachek CM, Rubin SM, Scammell MK. . Whatever Works: Legal Tactics and Scientific Evidence in Environmental Justice Cases. Environmental Justice. 2015; 8(1):20-25.
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