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Sabrina B. McCormick, Ph.D., M.A.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:


Area(s) of Expertise:
Environment, Climate Change, Qualitative Methods, Documentary Filmmaking, Social Movements, Development

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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 an Associate 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 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.  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.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Sabrina McCormick’s available publications in PubMed.

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  McCormick, Sabrina. No Family History: The Environmental Links to Breast Cancer. Rowman & Littlefield, 2009


  McCormick, Sabrina. Mobilizing Science: Movements, Participation and the Remaking of Knowledge. Temple University Press, 2009