Madeleine Scammell

Madeleine L. Scammell, DSc

Associate Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


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 teaches an upper level course, PH 801, Community-Engaged Research: Theory, application and methods, and previously taught Environmental Health Science, Law and Policy (EH 805) and Foundations of Environmental Health (EH 717). 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 Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • University of Vermont, BA Field of Study: Environmental Studies

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH961
  • SPHPH801


  • Published on 12/24/2020

    Chicas R, Xiuhtecutli N, Elon L, Scammell MK, Steenland K, Hertzberg V, McCauley L. Cooling Interventions Among Agricultural Workers: A Pilot Study. Workplace Health Saf. 2021 Jul; 69(7):315-322. PMID: 33357122.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    Petropoulos ZE, Laws RL, Amador JJ, López-Pilarte D, Kaufman JS, Weiner D, Ramirez-Rubio O, Brooks DR, McClean MD, Scammell MK. . Kidney Function, Self-Reported Symptoms, and Urine Findings in Nicaraguan Sugarcane Workers. Kidney360. 2020; 1:1042-1051.

  • Published on 9/4/2020

    Chicas R, Xiuhtecutli N, Dickman NE, Scammell ML, Steenland K, Hertzberg VS, McCauley L. Cooling intervention studies among outdoor occupational groups: A review of the literature. Am J Ind Med. 2020 11; 63(11):988-1007. PMID: 32886396.

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  • Published on 7/22/2020

    Scammell MK, Sennett C, Laws RL, Rubin RL, Brooks DR, Amador JJ, López-Pilarte D, Ramirez-Rubio O, Friedman DJ, McClean MD, Cohort Study Team NB, Lewis J, Erdei E. Urinary Metals Concentrations and Biomarkers of Autoimmunity among Navajo and Nicaraguan Men. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 07 22; 17(15). PMID: 32707746.

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  • Published on 6/5/2020

    Leibler JH, Ramirez-Rubio O, Velázquez JJA, Pilarte DL, Obeid W, Parikh CR, Gadupudi S, Scammell MK, Friedman DJ, Brooks DR. Biomarkers of kidney injury among children in a high-risk region for chronic kidney disease of uncertain etiology. Pediatr Nephrol. 2021 02; 36(2):387-396. PMID: 32504218.

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  • Published on 4/3/2020

    Schollaert C, Ackley RC, DeSantis A, Polka E, Scammell MK. Natural gas leaks and tree death: A first-look case-control study of urban trees in Chelsea, MA USA. Environ Pollut. 2020 Aug; 263(Pt A):114464. PMID: 32283457.

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  • Published on 12/1/2019

    Scammell MK. Trust, Conflict, and Engagement in Occupational Health: North American Epidemiologists Conduct Occupational Study in Communities Affected by Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu). Curr Environ Health Rep. 2019 12; 6(4):247-255. PMID: 31630378.

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  • Published on 11/18/2019

    Heiger-Bernays WJ, Tomsho KS, Basra K, Petropoulos ZE, Crawford K, Martinez A, Hornbuckle KC, Scammell MK. Human health risks due to airborne polychlorinated biphenyls are highest in New Bedford Harbor communities living closest to the harbor. Sci Total Environ. 2020 Mar 25; 710:135576. PMID: 31785914.

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  • Published on 10/29/2019

    Tomsho KS, Schollaert C, Aguilar T, Bongiovanni R, Alvarez M, Scammell MK, Adamkiewicz G. A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Sharing Air Pollution Results with Study Participants via Report-Back Communication. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 10 29; 16(21). PMID: 31671859.

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  • Published on 9/23/2019

    Petropoulos ZE, Levy JI, Scammell MK, Fabian MP. Characterizing community-wide housing attributes using georeferenced street-level photography. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2020 03; 30(2):299-308. PMID: 31548622.

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