Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Wilson has over 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-engaged research including crowd science and community-based participatory research (CBPR), air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, and community resiliency. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action. Dr. Wilson is also Director of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) Initiative. CEEJH is focused on providing technical assistance to communities fighting against environmental injustice and environmental health disparities in the DMV region and across the nation including projects in Bladensburg, Maryland, Langley Park, Maryland, Uniontown, Alabama, Mebane, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Gulf Coast.
He is a member of the USEPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), on the board of the Citizen Science Association, member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST), board member for the Patuxent Riverkeeper, a past Chair of the APHA Environment Section, past board member of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, and a former Chair of the Alpha Goes Green Initiative, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program.
He has been recognized for his leadership in environmental justice research, practice, and advocacy. He received the 2008 Steve Wing International Environmental Justice Award from the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. He received the Damu Smith Environmental Justice Award from the APHA Environment Section and has received numerous awards from the University of Maryland recognizing the success of his community-engaged research.
Dr. Wilson received his BS degree in Biology/Ecotoxicology with a minor in Environmental Science from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1998. He received both his MS (2000) and PhD (2005) in Environmental Health from UNC-Chapel Hill.