Madeleine K. Scammell, DSc
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

DSc, 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).

2014 BU SPH: Excellence in Teaching
2012 BU SPH: Excellence in Teaching
2010 BU SPH: Excellence in Teaching

Longitudinal Study of Risk Factors for Mesoamerican Nephropathy among Agricultural Workers in El Salvador, Central America
03/01/2017 - 02/28/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The Environmental Health Fellows Program for Urban Health
10/01/2014 - 02/28/2019 (PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College JPB Foundation

Second international research workshop on mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN 2015)
09/01/2015 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Receptor-based Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity of Superfund Chemicals
09/20/2012 - 03/31/2016 (Co-PI)
PI: David H. Sherr, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Breathe Easy at Home (BEAH) Study
09/15/2013 - 09/14/2015 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission Robert Wood Johnson

New Methods for Analysis of Cumulative Risk in Urban Populations
07/01/2010 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
Environmental Protection Agency

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2018 Longitudinal Study of Risk Factors for Mesoamerican Nephropathy among Agricultural Workers in El Salvador, Central America 5R01ES027584-02
2018 Community Engagement Core 5P50MD010428-04-6686
2017 Longitudinal Study of Risk Factors for Mesoamerican Nephropathy among Agricultural Workers in El Salvador, Central America 1R01ES027584-01
2017 Community Engagement Core 3P50MD010428-03S1-6686
2016 Core B: Research Translation Core 4P42ES007381-20-8798 314
2016 Core D: Community Engagement Core 4P42ES007381-20-8800 314
2016 Community Engagement Core 5P50MD010428-02-6686
2015 Second International Research Workshop on Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN 2015) 1R13ES026050-01
2015 Community Engagement Core 1P50MD010428-01-6686
2015 Core B: Research Translation Core 5P42ES007381-19-8798 314
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  1. Basra K, Scammell MK, Benson EB, Heiger-Bernays W. Ambient Air Exposure to PCBs: Regulation and Monitoring at Five Contaminated Sites in EPA Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5. New Solut. 2018 Aug; 28(2):262-282.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29558851.
  2. Scammell, MK. Climate Disease and Kidney Injustice. Public Health Post. Available at: Public Health Post. 2017. View Publication
  3. Tomsho KS, Basra K, Rubin SM, Miller CB, Juang R, Broude S, Martinez A, Hornbuckle KC, Heiger-Bernays W, Scammell MK. Community reporting of ambient air polychlorinated biphenyl concentrations near a Superfund site. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Jun; 25(17):16389-16400.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29079973.
  4. Basra K, Fabian P, Scammell MK. Consumption of Contaminated Seafood in an Environmental Justice Community: A Qualitative and Spatial Analysis of Fishing Controls. Environmental Justice. 2017; 0(0):DOI10.1089/env.2017.0010.
  5. Levy JI, Schollaert C, Scammell M. Evaluation of Airport-Related Noise in Chelsea, Massachusetts. 2017.
  6. Levy J, Scammell MK, Heiger-Bernays W. Cognoscenti. Measuring The Health Of The Climate By How Sick We Aren't. 2017. View Publication
  7. Martinez A, Hadnott BN, Awad AM, Herkert NJ, Tomsho K, Basra K, Scammell MK, Heiger-Bernays W, Hornbuckle KC. Release of Airborne Polychlorinated Biphenyls from New Bedford Harbor Results in Elevated Concentrations in the Surrounding Air. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2017 Apr 11; 4(4):127-131.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28413805; DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00047;.
  8. 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. View Publication
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27575010; DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2016.06.012;.
  10. 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. View Publication
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