Madeleine L. Scammell, DSc

Associate Professor, Environmental Health
Madeleine Scammell
Talbot – T438 WEST
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Dr. Scammell is an Associate 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. Dr. Scammell is Principal Investigator a recently funded longitudinal study of agricultural workers in El Salvador (an NIEHS/NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award), and a co-investigator on a study of occupational risk factors of kidney disease in both El Salvador and Nicaragua. These efforts are focused on identifying and preventing exposures that may contribute to the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America known as Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN). She also leads a study examining health care claims and electronic medical records examining incidence, prevalence and risk factors of chronic kidney disease in the US. Dr. Scammell is also a member of the Consortium for the Epidemic of Nephropathy in Central America and Mexico (CENCAM). Additionally, Dr. Scammell 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 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).


  • University of Vermont, BA
  • Boston University School of Public Health, DSc

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH961
  • SPHEH980
  • SPHPH801


  • Published on 11/16/2016

    Rosofsky A, Reid M, Sandel M, Zielenbach M, Murphy J, Scammell MK. Breathe Easy at Home: A Qualitative Evaluation of a Pediatric Asthma Intervention. Qualitative Nursing Research. 2016; 3(3):1-10.

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  • Published on 8/26/2016

    Kupferman J, Amador JJ, Lynch KE, Laws RL, López-Pilarte D, Ramírez-Rubio O, Kaufman JS, Lau JL, Weiner DE, Robles NV, Verma KP, Scammell MK, McClean MD, Brooks DR, Friedman DJ. Characterization of Mesoamerican Nephropathy in a Kidney Failure Hotspot in Nicaragua. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 Nov; 68(5):716-725. PMID: 27575010.

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  • Published on 8/17/2016

    Scammell MK, Ou JY, Carlin C, Olortegui RM, Peters JL, Bongiovanni R. Chelsea STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Annotated Interview Guide. Community Engaged Scholarship for Health. 2016; Product ID#W5SKDYJB.

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  • Published on 8/11/2016

    Butler LJ, Scammell MK, Benson EB. The Flint, Michigan Water Crisis: A Case Study in Regulatory Failure and Environmental Injustice. Environmental Justice. 2016; 9(4):93-97.

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  • 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.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    McClean MD, Laws RL, Amador JJ, López-Pilarte D, Scammell MK, Ramírez-Rubio O, Friedman DJ, Kaufman JS, Weiner De, Riefkohl A, Brooks DR. Mesoamerican Nephropathy: Report From the Second International Research Workshop on MeN. Boston University School of Public Health: Studies of occupational and non-occupational risk factors for chronic kidney disease. 2016; 94-99.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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