Yale University

Amy Carroll-Scott, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University School of Public Health
  • Former Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA
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Dr. Amy Carroll-Scott’s research focuses on the social and contextual determinants of persistent health disparities and the application of community-based participatory research methods to understanding and eliminating such disparities. She comes to Drexel from the Yale School of Public Health where her work with CARE (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement) centers on the impact of multi-sectoral, community-based chronic disease prevention interventions and policies on the health status of New Haven residents and their neighborhood and school environments. This work employs a longitudinal design consisting of asset mapping; population-based, neighborhood-stratified adult resident health and behavior surveys; and a school-based randomized control trial.

Dr. Carroll-Scott received her doctoral degree from the UCLA School of Public Health, where she was a Chancellor's Fellow and a Demography trainee of the California Center for Population Research. Her dissertation explored the relationships between neighborhood structural characteristics, neighborhood-level social processes, and child well-being. While at UCLA, she directed the Data & Democracy Statewide Training Initiative at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, which provided free courses in basic research skills and health assessment methodology for community leaders in under-served communities. Prior to graduate work at UCLA, she worked for over five years studying social and behavioral risks for chronic disease and obesity, as well as the effectiveness of state policy and community-based prevention interventions to address these risks throughout California.

Dr. Carroll-Scott is Immediate Past-Chair of the Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Section of the American Public Health Association. While Chair from 2010-2012, she founded the annual CHPPD Community Action where members serve a local community in the host city at the annual conference.

Dr. Carroll-Scott is also deeply familiar with community-based health needs in West Philadelphia. During her undergraduate training at Penn, with a Major in the Biological Basis of Behavior and a Minor in Medical Anthropology, her thesis work focused on "Health care options for HIV-positive mothers and their children at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania."