Biography and Education
Natalie Sampson conducts community-based research to document and address environmental health inequities. She brings interdisciplinary evidence to climate change, land use, and infrastructure planning and policy efforts in Metro Detroit. Her research is published in various peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Environmental Justice, Global Environmental Change, Health and Place, and Progress in Community Health Partnerships. Dr. Sampson co-chairs the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s Environmental Justice Subcommittee and was the 2017 recipient of the APHA Rebecca Head Award honoring, “an outstanding emerging leader from the environmental health field working at the nexus of science, policy and environmental justice.”
Sampson is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and has previously worked as a teaching consultant at University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. She aims to improve the experience of first generation, working class, and low-income college students. Through applied research with the College and University Pantry (CUP) team, she particularly examines and uplifts the role of campus food pantries in addressing student food insecurity.
At University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dr. Sampson teaches courses in public health, health promotion, environmental health, and community organizing.
Ph.D. in Health Behavior Health Education, University of Michigan
M.P.H. in Health Promotion, Portland State University
B.S. in Environmental Studies, University of Michigan
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