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Derek G Shendell D. Env., M.P.H.

Associate Professor Rutgers University, School of Public HealthEOHSI – Exposure Science
Work School of Public Health Room 384 683 Hoes Lane Piscataway NJ 08854 Work Phone: 732-235-5409 Work Fax: 732-235-4988
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Biographical Info


  • D.Env, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health / Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • MPH, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences (Environmental Epidemiology and Policy tracks)
  • AB, Dartmouth College

Dr. Shendell’s CV

Research Areas

Dr. Shendell works to “bridge” science, education and policy in a multidisciplinary fashion to reduce and/or prevent environmental exposures and health effects. He focuses on community/schools-based research with local participation in planning and execution; educational trainings and materials, service and technical assistance; and informed/evidence-based policy advocacy.

Furthermore, he is Director of the NJ Safe Schools Program and co-facilitates the NJ OSHA Alliance, which are within the Center for School and Community Based Research and Education. The program includes injury surveillance (including only school-based system, online and in-print, for working minors and young adults), science-to-policy, regular statewide e-communications, and training for teachers and administrative professionals in secondary education (public and private) concerning safety and health.

Among many research and practice-oriented service activities outside NJ, he is Student Involvement co-Chair (Faculty Chair) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) – Environment (ENV) (and a member of both ENV and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) sections), and an annual meeting abstract reviewer for APHA ENV and OHS as well as other international societies he is a member of. Inside NJ, he is an approved appointee by the State of NJ Governor’s office (multiple administrations) to the Commission on Environmental Education/Interagency Working Group and the Child Labor Advisory Board to advise the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, respectively, using various data to inform decisions.

Research Highlights

  • Asthma among children and older adults, with novel exposure measurement techniques; etc.
  • Incident (injury, illness) surveillance among minors/young workers reported in NJ, including among special health care needs students;
  • Indoor air and environmental quality in homes, office buildings and schools, including portable versus traditional, site-built school classrooms and facilities;
  • Urban outdoor air quality and environment characterization, including relationships between indoor, outdoor, personal (adult, child) and in-vehicle air concentrations of fine particles and various toxic air contaminants;
  • Ventilation and energy efficiency, and linkages to student attendance.

Recent Publications

Click here for additional publications by Dr. Shendell.

  1. Gonzalez, L, Jones, LE, Fakeh, M, Shah, N, Panchella, JA, Shendell, DG. Incidence reporting via online high school concussion surveillance by certified athletic trainers and school nurses, 2015-2018. Inj Epidemiol. 2020;7 :1. doi: 10.1186/s40621-019-0228-5. PubMed PMID:31938686 PubMed Central PMC6956499
  2. Uhiara, D, Shendell, DG, Borjan, M, Graber, JM, Koshy, K, Lumia, M. Reported injury, hospitalization, and injury fatality rates among New Jersey adolescent workers. Inj Epidemiol. 2019;6 :37. doi: 10.1186/s40621-019-0216-9. PubMed PMID:31453047 PubMed Central PMC6699110
  3. Shendell, DG, Gonzalez, L, Listwan, TA, Pancella, J, Blackborow, M, Boyd, J. Developing and Piloting a School-Based Online Adolescent Student-Athlete Concussion Surveillance System. J Sch Health. 2019;89 (7):527-535. doi: 10.1111/josh.12775. PubMed PMID:31016753
  4. Graber, JM, Alexander, C, Laumbach, RJ, Black, K, Strickland, PO, Georgopoulos, PG, Marshall, EG, Shendell, DG, Alderson, D, Mi, Z et al.. Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) blood levels after contamination of a community water supply and comparison with 2013-2014 NHANES. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2019;29 (2):172-182. doi: 10.1038/s41370-018-0096-z. PubMed PMID:30482936 PubMed Central PMC6380951
  5. Shendell, DG, Noomnual, S, Plascak, J, Apostolico, AA. Injuries among young workers in career-technical-vocational education and associations with per pupil spending. BMC Public Health. 2018;18 (1):1190. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6099-9. PubMed PMID:30342506 PubMed Central PMC6196011
  6. Zavorsky, GS, Zimmerman, RD, Shendell, DG, Goodfellow, LT. Acute Reduction in Spirometry Values After Prolonged Exercise Among Recreational Runners. Respir Care. 2019;64 (1):26-33. doi: 10.4187/respcare.05881. PubMed PMID:30042125
  7. Ogunseye, OO, Ana, GREE, Uhiara, DC, Shendell, DG. Carboxyhaemoglobin Levels among Traders Exposed to Vehicular Emissions in Three Motor Parks in Ibadan, Nigeria. J Environ Public Health. 2018;2018 :9174868. doi: 10.1155/2018/9174868. PubMed PMID:29971115 PubMed Central PMC6008779
  8. Shah, MP, Shendell, DG, Meng, Q, Ohman-Strickland, P, Halperin, W. Efficacy of a lead based paint XRF analyzer and a commercially available colorimetric lead test kit as qualitative field tools for determining presence of lead in religious powders. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2018;15 (7):541-548. doi: 10.1080/15459624.2018.1468078. PubMed PMID:29683773
  9. Noomnual, S, Shendell, DG. Young Adult Street Vendors and Adverse Respiratory Health Outcomes in Bangkok, Thailand. Saf Health Work. 2017;8 (4):407-409. doi: 10.1016/j.shaw.2017.02.002. PubMed PMID:29276642 PubMed Central PMC5715443
  10. Shendell, DG, Graber, JM, Milich, LJ, Pratt, ME. Assessing Acute Symptoms Related to Occupational Exposures Among Nail Salon Technicians. J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2018;60 (4):343-349. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001210. PubMed PMID:29099468
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