Sabrina McCormick, PhD is a sociologist and filmmaker. Dr. McCormick takes an in-depth, mechanistic approach to understanding how climate change gets under the skin. She works on extreme impacts of climate-related phenomena like heat waves, emergent vector-borne disease, and climate-related disasters. She recently served as a Lead Author on the Special Assessment of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change entitled Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. Dr. McCormick’s award-winning documentary film work aims to transform science into stories that compel social action. She was Producer on The Years of Living Dangerously, an eight-part Showtime series that earned the Emmy Award for Best Documentary in 2014.
McCormick was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science working in the Global Change Research Program at the Environmental Protection Agency from 2009 to 2011, during which time she advised Congress, the State Department, and the White House on climate change issues. She is currently Associate Professor in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and Senior Fellow at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. McCormick’s work has been featured in NBC Nightly News, TIME Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and many other media outlets. The Robert Wood Johnson, Tinker, Tides, and Henry Luce Foundations, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and National Science Foundation have funded Dr. McCormick’s work. She is the author of two books, No Family History: Finding the Environmental Links to Breast Cancer, which is accompanied by a film of the same name, and Mobilizing Science: Movements, Participation and the Remaking of Knowledge. She has also authored over thirty articles and book chapters, and has presented her work on four continents. She completed her PhD in Sociology at Brown University in 2005.
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Psychology and Studio Arts), Wesleyan, 1996
Master of Arts (Sociology), Brown University, 2001
Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), Brown University, 2005
Dr. McCormick’s research projects include:
Social Factors Shaping Adoption of Renewable Technologies
Reducing Social Disparities of Heat Waves in A Changing Climate
Communicating Climate Change
Climate Change and Health
Citizen Science in the Deepwater Horizon Spill
Among her service activities, Dr. McCormick is currently serving on a National Academies of Science committee on climate change and human health. She has also served on the White House Council on Environmental Quality Committee on Science Needs for Climate Adaption; as a review panel member for the National Science Foundation; as a member of the Center for Health and Environment Breast Cancer Working Group; and as an advisor for the community organizations Louisiana Bucket Brigade and West Harlem Environmental Action. She also reviews manuscripts for several journals, including Environmental Health Perspectives, Journal of Latin American Studies, and the International Journal of Environmental Health Research, amongst others.
- Climate Change
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