Sabrina McCormick

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George Washington University

Sabrina McCormick is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker. Her work centers on the social dimensions of environmental health and illness. Sabrina grew up in Georgia, where her childhood home was contaminated with an illegal toxic chemical. Many years later, during her PhD training in Sociology at Brown University, Sabrina wrote No Family History, about the links between common chemical exposures and breast cancer, and directed an award-winning documentary film on the same topic ( She subsequently wrote Mobilizing Science: Movements, Participation and the Remaking of Knowledge that was based on ethnography investigating the impacts of energy generation in Brazil and found the importance of science in social movements. Sabrina then explored how these issues play out in the realm of climate change as a Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Also interested in the policy implications of these issues, she served as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Global Change Research Program at the Environmental Protection Agency. While at EPA, Sabrina was a Lead Author on a Special Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change entitled, “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.” Now, as Faculty in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department in the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania, she is funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate how citizen science is revealing impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her documentary about the project is called After the Cap ( Motivated to continue communications informed by research, she co-founded Evidence Based Media (, an organization that works with researchers to communicate the meaning of science. Sabrina welcomes fellow researchers to join her in this work.