Dr. Melissa Scott’s research interests are in environmental health, population health, bioethics, race, climate change, energy, and health inequalities. At the Cook Center for Social Equity, Melissa is a Postdoctoral Associate researching the relationship between religion and cardiovascular disease risk factors in the black community, specifically depression. Here she works with a team of scholars in the Bentley-Edwards Research Group to examine (1) whether denominational and gender differences effect depression among Black Christians, and (2) whether environmental variables such as air pollution, neighborhood crime, walkability, bike-ability, and access to green space effect depression among Black Christians. Prior to her current work at the Cook Center for Social Equity, Melissa was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University. During this time she worked with colleagues in the Shindell Lab to estimate heat-related mortality across the entire contiguous U.S. under various greenhouse gas emissions trajectories and climate change scenarios. Melissa received her PhD in Environment & Resources at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies where she was advised by Jonathan Patz. Her dissertation research focus was on ‘National Energy Choices: Opportunities for Improvements in Health, Ethics, and Prioritizing Vulnerable Populations.’ Melissa also holds a M.A. in Bioethics from New York University and B.A. in Philosophy from DePaul University.