Dr. Derek G. Shendell, associate professor in the department of environmental and occupational health at the Rutgers School of Public Health, received the President’s Award at the New Jersey Environmental Health Association’s (NJEHA) Annual Conference. During the conference, he presented his team’s research on the safety and health of young licensed cosmetology professionals. He shared this NJEHA honor with David Henry, MPH’91, Monmouth County Regional Health Commission Health Officer, and Rutgers School of Public Health alum.
[Photo: Dr. Derek G. Shendell]
The Award recognized Dr. Shendell’s work in public health and academia. He has focused on community and school-based research with stakeholder participation; educational trainings and materials; service and technical assistance; and evidence-based policy recommendations. Dr. Shendell is the co-director of the Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, where he serves as the director and principle investigator of the New Jersey Safe Schools Program, at the Rutgers School of Public Health. As director of the New Jersey Safe Schools Program, he leads injury surveillance for both adolescents and young adults and provides training for teachers, supervisors, administrators, and students in vocational schools on safety and health, child labor laws, and wage and hour laws. He is also a member of the Exposure Science Division at the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.
In addition to his roles at the Rutgers School of Public Health, Dr. Shendell is the lead Governing Councilor for the Environmental Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The New Jersey Governor’s Office has appointed Dr. Shendell to the Commission on Environmental Education and the Child Labor Advisory Board, to advise New Jersey’s Departments of Environmental Protection and Labor and Workforce Development, respectively. He also leads an interagency alliance for young worker safety and health in New Jersey.