Grace Sembajwe

Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Sc.D Epidemiology
University of Massachusetts Lowell

M.Sc Industrial Hygiene
University of Central Missouri

B.A Natural Science
Goshen College

Dr. Sembajwe has been working in clinical sciences and exposure assessment for the past 21 years. Her research interests include investigating the multi-factorial contributors to early mortality in occupational cohorts by integrating qualitative and quantitative information about the environment, physiological burden, and exposure modeling with multilevel analysis.

Dr. Sembajwe brings extensive practical experience in Occupational and Environmental epidemiology having worked with varied occupational cohorts including retail workers, bus drivers, hospital staff, meat packers and Gas and Electricity workers. Prior to joining CUNY, Dr. Sembajwe was a Postdoctoral Research fellow at the Harvard University Dana Farber Cancer Institute and served as an Industrial Hygiene Consultant at Burns & McDonnell Engineering in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Sembajwe’s implementation science expertise focuses on workplace interventions that integrate health protection and health promotion. Dr. Sembajwe focuses specifically on interventions that target an integrated approach to reducing workplace psychosocial stressors as they interact with known physical (musculoskeletal) and chemical hazards. More recently, Dr. Sembajwe has joined several research teams aimed at improving total worker health and designing interventions that address factors in work and family conflict.

Key projects:

Recent publications: 

Palmedo C, Sembajwe G, Geltman E, Heller D, Roberts L, Freudenberg N. Defining Roles for Schools and Programs of Public Health in the Age of Trump. Am J Public Health. 2017 Aug;107(8):1242-1244. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303897.

Okechukwu CA, Kelly EL, Bacic J, DePasquale N, Hurtado D, Kossek E, Sembajwe G. Supporting employees' work-family needs improves health care quality: Longitudinal evidence from long-term care. Soc Sci Med. 2016 May;157:111-9.

Samuelsson LB, Hall MH, McLean S, Porter JH, Berkman L, Marino M, Sembajwe G, McDade TW, Buxton OM. Validation of Biomarkers of CVD Risk from Dried Blood Spots in Community-Based Research: Methodologies and Study-Specific Serum Equivalencies. Biodemography Soc Biol. 2015;61(3):285-97.

Schmeltz MT, Sembajwe G, Marcotullio PJ, Grassman JA, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. Identifying individual risk factors and documenting the pattern of heat-related illness through analyses of hospitalization and patterns of household cooling. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 5;10(3):e0118958.

Jacobsen HB, Reme SE, Sembajwe G, Hopcia K, Stiles TC, Sorensen G, Porter JH, Marino M, Buxton OM. Work stress, sleep deficiency, and predicted 10-year cardiometabolic risk in a female patient care worker population. Am J Ind Med.2014 Aug;57(8):940-9. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22340. Erratum in: Am J Ind Med. 2015 Jan;58(1):112. .