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Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH

Amy Carroll-Scott

Associate Professor
Community Health and Prevention
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BA, University of Pennsylvania; MPH, University of California at Berkeley; PhD, University of California at Los Angeles


Dr. Carroll-Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing urban health inequities and underlying social inequities. This research consists of rigorous social epidemiological and mixed methods studies applied to the lived experience of urban neighborhoods and schools, and driven by community-based participatory research approaches. Current projects include Co-PI of the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood and multi-PI of its Data & Research Core, the evaluation of the impact of Drexel’s new Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhoods and Drexel University itself, a systematic literature review and white paper on community resilience frameworks in public health, and a study of community engagement in Autism research.

Prior to Drexel, Dr. Carroll-Scott was Director of Research for the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at the Yale School of Public Health, where her work centered on the impact of community organizing and multi-sectoral, community-based chronic disease prevention interventions and policies on the health status of New Haven residents. This work employed a longitudinal design at the neighborhood and school level, and consisted of asset mapping, a school-based obesity prevention randomized control trial, and triennial community health assessments representative at the neighborhood level and conducted in partnership with community leaders and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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. Dr. Carroll-Scott’s dissertation explored the relationships between neighborhood structural characteristics, neighborhood-level social processes, and child wellbeing. While at UCLA, Dr. Carroll-Scott directed and evaluated 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 underserved communities throughout California.

Dr. Carroll-Scott is a member of the American Journal of Public Health editorial board and co-director of the Policy and Community Engagement Core of the Drexel School of Public Health Urban Health Collaborative.


Research Interests

  • Urban health
  • Health and Place or Built Environment
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Health Disparities
  • Spatial analysis or GIS
  • Data integration
  • Mixed methods


    • Santilli, A., Carroll-Scott, A., & Ickovics, J. R. (2016). Applying Community Organizing Principles to Assess Health Needs in New Haven, Connecticut. American Journal of Public Health, 106(5):841-847.
    • Carroll-Scott, A., Gilstad-Hayden, K., Rosenthal, L., Eldahan, A., McCaslin, C., Peters, S. M., Ickovics, J. R. (2015). Associations of neighborhood and school socioeconomic and social contexts with body mass index among urban preadolescent students. American Journal of Public Health. 105(12):496-502.
    • Gilstad-Hayden, K., Wallace, L.R., Carroll-Scott, A., Meyer, S.R., Barbo, S., Murphy-Dunning, C., Ickovics, J.R. (2015). “Research Note: Greater tree canopy cover is associated with lower rates of both violent and property crime in New Haven, CT.” Landscape and Urban Planning. 143: 248-253.
    • Earnshaw, V.A., Rosenthal, L., Carroll-Scott, A., Santilli, A., Gilstad-Haydan, K., Ickovics, J.R. (2015). Everyday discrimination and physical health: Exploring mental health processes. Journal of Health Psychology, [Epub ahead of print].
    • Humphries, D., Carroll-Scott, A., Mitchell, L., Tian, T., Choudhury, S., Fiellin, D.A. (2015). Assessing research activity and capacity of community-based organizations:Development and pilot testing of an instrument. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 8(4):421-32. (PMCID: In process).
    • Gilstad-Hayden, K., Carroll-Scott, A., Rosenthal, L., Peters, S.M., Catherine McCaslin, C., Ickovics, J.R. (2014). Positive School Climate is Associated with Lower Body Mass Index Percentile Among Urban Pre-Adolescents. Journal of School Health. 84(8):502-6. (PMCID: 25040118).
    • Ickovics, J.R., Carroll-Scott, A., Peters, S.M., Schwartz, M., Gilstad-Hayden, K., McCaslin, C. (2014). Health and Academic Achievement: Cumulative Effects of Health Promoting Factors on Standardized Test Scores among Urban Youth in the United States. Journal of School Health. 84(1):40-8.
    • Carroll-Scott, A., Gilstad-Hayden, K., Rosenthal, L., Peters, S. M., McCaslin, C., Joyce, R., Ickovics, J. R. (2013). Disentangling Neighborhood Contextual Relationships with Child Body Mass Index, Diet and Physical Activity: The Role of Built, Socioeconomic, and Social Environments.Social Science and Medicine. 95;106-114.
    • Wang E.A., Zhu, G.A., Evans L., Carroll-Scott, A., Desai, R., and Fiellin L.E. (2013). A Pilot Study Examining Food Insecurity and HIV Risk Behaviors among Individuals Recently Released from Prison. AIDS Education and Prevention. 25(2):112-23.
    • Kallem, S., Carroll-Scott, A., Rosenthal, L., Chen, E., Peters, S. M., McCaslin, C., & Ickovics, J. R. (2012). Shift-and-persist: A protective factor for elevated BMI among low-socioeconomic-status children. Obesity. 21(9):1759-63.
    • Rosenthal, L., Carroll-Scott, A., Earnshaw, V. A., Santilli, A., & Ickovics, J. R. (2012). The importance of full-time work for urban adults’ mental and physical health. Social Science & Medicine, 75(9), 1692–1696.
    • Otiniano, A. D., Carroll-Scott, A., Toy, P., & Wallace, S. P. (2012). Supporting Latino communities’ natural helpers: a case study of promotoras in a research capacity building course. Journal of immigrant and minority health, 14(4), 657–663.
    • Carroll-Scott, A., Toy, P., Wyn, R., Zane, J. I., & Wallace, S. P. (2012). Results from the Data & Democracy initiative to enhance community-based organization data and research capacity. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), 1384–1391.
    • Santilli, A., Carroll-Scott, A., Ickovics, J., and Wong, F.(2011). Urban Youth Go 3000 Miles: Engaging and Supporting Young Residents to Conduct Neighborhood Asset Mapping.American Journal of Public Health, 101:2207-2210.
    • Carroll-Scott, A., Wong, F. Santilli, A., Ickovics, J. (2012). Santilli et al. Respond. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), pp. e4-e5.