Project Faculty and Staff

Project Faculty

Dianne Quigley, PhD (PI) is an adjunct assistant professor (research) at Brown University. She recently completed her PhD at Syracuse University’s Dept. of Religion (her dissertation is on “Promoting Research Ethics Training; Understandings of Community, Partnership, Virtue and Diversity”). Ms. Quigley was the principal investigator of a grant from the National Institute on Health titled “Collaborative Initiative for Research Ethics in Environmental Health” (2000-2007). With an interdisciplinary team of academic and community professionals from five community-university research partnerships, she developed innovative approaches for dealing with community research protections in community/environmental research. The project sponsored a successful national conference on ”Dialogues for Improving Research Ethics in Environmental/Public Health” in May 2003 for over 100 multi-ethnic community and academic researchers working on environmental justice and other community-based participatory research issues. Prof. Quigley is currently teaching at Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies, courses in cultural competence and ethics and environmental justice, and at UMASS-Dartmouth’s Department of Anthropology; courses in environmental justice, cultural anthropology, sociology and race/class/gender and the media. 

 David Sonnenfeld, PhD (PI) is Professor and Chair, Dept. of Environmental Studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), in Syracuse; he is also Research Associate, Dept. of Environmental Policy, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In addition, at ESF, he is an affiliated faculty member in the college-wide, interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Science, offering both doctoral and masters research degrees. He has extensive community-based, field research experience in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia), and elsewhere; and is responsible for supervising environmentally-oriented graduate research in the US and internationally. Past experiences include work with radiation exposure claimants in the Hanford, Washington, area; Native American tribes in both the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes regions; Latino and other ethnic agricultural workers in the Pacific Northwest; and minority ethnic communities in Southeast Asia. Additional experience is with occupationally-induced environmental illnesses in manufacturing settings both in the US and internationally. 

Phil Brown, PhD (co-PI) is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies Director of Graduate Studies at the Center for Environmental Studies at Brown University, where he leads the Contested Illnesses Research Group, directs the Community Outreach Core of Brown’s Superfund Research Program, directs the Community Outreach and Translation Core of Brown’s Formative Children’s Environmental Health Center,  and directs the Societal Impacts Component of Brown’s Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation. He is the author of No Safe Place: Toxic Waste, Leukemia, and Community Action, co-editor of the collection Illness and the Environment: A Reader in Contested Medicine, co-editor of Social Movements in Health, and author of Toxic Exposures: Contested Illnesses and the Environmental Health Movement. His current research includes connections between biomonitoring and household exposure, ethics of reporting personal exposure data to participants, nanoscientists’ views of social and ethical impacts, and health social movements.  

Ernest Wallwork, PhD is currently Professor of Ethics at Syracuse University and Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities at SUNY Health Science Center. The author of four books, including, most recently, Psychoanalysis and Ethics (Yale University Press) and many articles, Dr. Wallwork has taught at Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and Wellesley College. His Ph.D. is from Harvard (1971), in the interdisciplinary study of religion and ethics in the fields of philosophy, religion, psychology and sociology. Dr. Wallwork has taught bioethics at Wellesley College, Yale University, Syracuse University and SUNY Health Science Center. He was a Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, from 1980 to 2004. And he was employed full time at the National Institutes of Health as Expert Ethicist responsible for the ethics review of intramural research in the Clinical Center from 1987-1989, and part-time from 1989 to 1994.

Linda Silka, PhD. External Evaluator has served as external evaluator for numerous multiyear state and regional research projects funded by National Science Foundation, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Education.  She taught graduate courses in program evaluation and research ethics at UMASS-Lowell, as an assistant professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Family, Work and Community. 

Research Staff

Taryn Martinez, MA candidate is a graduate student at Brown University's Center for Environmental Studies. She  assists Professor Quigley with research, training slides development, website development and  implementation of training/mentoring programs.