Megan T. Sandel, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

Megan Sandel
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


Megan Sandel, MD, is a professor of pediatrics at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine as well as a professor of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health. She has held both of these positions for the last eight years, but has been working with the university since 2002, first as an assistant professor. She is the former pediatric medical director of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless program and the first medical director of the founding site for medical-legal partnerships, Medical-Legal Partnership-Boston. In addition to publishing articles and serving on committees, she is considered an expert in her field on the topic of housing and child health.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Dartmouth College, MD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Yale University, BA


  • Published on 7/1/2024

    Lebrun-Harris LA, Sandel M, Sheward R, Poblacion A, Ettinger de Cuba S. Prevalence and Correlates of Unstable Housing Among US Children. JAMA Pediatr. 2024 Jul 01; 178(7):707-717. PMID: 38767882.

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  • Published on 5/5/2024

    Keen R, Chen JT, Slopen N, Sandel M, Copeland WE, Tiemeier H. The biological embedding of social adversity: How adolescent housing insecurity impacts inflammation over time. Brain Behav Immun. 2024 Jul; 119:1008-1015. PMID: 38714268.

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  • Published on 10/8/2023

    Egan KA, Xuan Z, Hofman M, Ma Shum J, Fernández-Pastrana I, Fiechtner L, Sandel M, Buitron de la Vega P, Kistin CJ, Hsu H. Food Pantry Referral and Utilization in a Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. Am J Prev Med. 2024 Mar; 66(3):444-453. PMID: 37813171.

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  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Poblacion A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Frank DA, Esteves G, Rateau LJ, Heeren TC, Coleman S, Black MM, Cutts DB, Lê-Scherban F, Ochoa ER, Sandel M, Sheward R, Cook J. Development and Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale for Use in Clinical and Research Settings in the United States. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 Oct; 123(10S):S89-S102.e4. PMID: 37730309.

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  • Published on 8/1/2023

    Keen R, Chen JT, Slopen N, Sandel M, Copeland WE, Tiemeier H. Prospective Associations of Childhood Housing Insecurity With Anxiety and Depression Symptoms During Childhood and Adulthood. JAMA Pediatr. 2023 Aug 01; 177(8):818-826. PMID: 37338896.

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  • Published on 6/10/2023

    Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Ahmad N, Bruce C, Poblacion A, Rateau LJ, Coleman SM, Black MM, Frank DA, Lê-Scherban F, Henchy G, Ochoa E, Sandel M, Cutts DB. Child Care Feeding Programs Associated With Food Security and Health for Young Children From Families With Low Incomes. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 Oct; 123(10):1429-1439. PMID: 37302653.

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  • Published on 5/1/2023

    Thomas HD, Sandel MT, Lentell A, James TL, Watson L, Valentin Y, Marcil LE. Promoting Housing-Based Asset Building Programs in Healthcare. Pediatrics. 2023 May 01; 151(5). PMID: 37021490.

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  • Published on 2/23/2023

    Egan KA, Luo M, Perkins M, Castro I, Sandel M, Kistin CJ, Taveras EM, Fiechtner L. Association between unmet social needs and healthy lifestyle parenting behaviors. Front Pediatr. 2023; 11:1015610. PMID: 36911012.

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  • Published on 2/7/2023

    Parker MG, de Cuba SE, Rateau LJ, Shea M, Sandel MT, Frank DA, Cutts DB, Heeren T, Lê-Scherban F, Black MM, Ochoa ER, Rose-Jacobs R, Garg A. Associations of household unmet basic needs and health outcomes among very low birth weight children. J Perinatol. 2023 Mar; 43(3):364-370. PMID: 36750715.

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  • Published on 2/1/2023

    Kanak M, Turley K, Lee LK, Sandel M, Stewart AM. Community-Academic Advocacy to Improve Shelter Access for Families Experiencing Homelessness. Pediatrics. 2023 Feb 01; 151(2). PMID: 36655372.

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