About Us

About Us

The Community Engagement Core works with North Carolina communities affected by environmental contaminants, with a focus on early life exposures to chemicals that may have impacts later in life.

Questions? Contact Us!

Feel free to reach out to us with questions at SuperfundCEC@duke.edu

The CEC provides the following types of assistance to impacted communities:

— Interpreting data and communicating science
— Making expert connections
— Conducting research and synthesizing information
— Responding to environmental health questions

Communities can contact us with short-term requests for information related to environmental contamination or with proposals for longer term engagement through participatory research projects and/or education and outreach activities.

Who We Are

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, PhD, directs the Community Engagement Core (CEC). She has over twenty years of both applied and research experience related to community engagement. Her expertise is in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), the translation of science for low-literacy users, and in pedagogical approaches to teaching community engagement practice and theory.

Catherine Kastleman (Community Engagement Core and Research Translation Core) joined the Center in June 2016 and is now the Program Coordinator for Community Engagement. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she is a proud native of North Carolina.

Bryan Luukinen (Research Translation Core and Community Engagement Core) is the Research Communications and Engagement Manager and joined the Center in February 2016. Bryan earned his Master of Science in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sam Cohen (Research Translation Core and Community Engagement Core) joined the Superfund Research Center in July 2018 as a Science Communication Specialist. Sam holds a Master’s degree in Forestry from the Yale School of the Environment.

Our Community Advisory Board