Amy J. Pickering, PhD

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University (June 2017)
Research Scientist, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
Y2E2 Building, 473 Via Ortega, Room 247, Stanford, CA 94305



Education, full CV
Current Research Projects
  • Low-cost water disinfection for urban slums (Lotus Water): Design and evaluation of a low-cost in-line chlorine disinfection system appropriate for disinfecting shared drinking water sources in urban settings. Field testing in Dhaka with icddr,b.
  • WASH Benefits, Kenya and Bangladesh: Randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of water, sanitation, hygiene, nutritional, and combined interventions on child health, including rates of diarhea, stunting, environmental enteropathy, and parasite infections. With UC Berkeley, IPA-Kenya, UC Davis, and icddr,b.
  • Environmental contamination and sanitation access, Bangladesh: Field studies to assess association between sanitation services and fecal contamination in the household environment in urban and rural settings. With icddr,b and UC Berkeley.
  • Povu Poa (cool foam): Developing innovative hand washing stations featuring foaming soap dispensers in Kenya
Publications, Google Scholar
  1. Boehm AB, Wang D, Ercumen A, Shea M, Harris AR, Shanks OC, Kelty C, Ahmed A, Hayat ZM, Arnold B, Chare C, Pullman C, Colford JM, Luby S, & A.J. Pickering 2016. Occurrence of Host-Associated Fecal Markers on Child Hands, Household Soil, and Drinking Water in Rural Bangladeshi Households. Environ Sci Technol Lett.
  2. Whinnery J, Penakalapati G, Steinacher R, Wilson N, Null C, & A.J. Pickering. 2016. Povu Poa “Cool Foam”: Water Efficient Handwashing with Low-Cost Foaming Soap in Kenya. Global Health: Science and Practice.
  3. Steinbaum L, Njenga S, Kihara J, Boehm AB, Davis J, Null C, & A.J. Pickering. 2016. Soil-Transmitted Helminth Eggs are Present in Soil at Multiple Locations within Households in Rural Kenya. PLOS ONE.
  4. Wolfe M, Dentz H, Achando B, Mureithi M, Wolfe T, Null C, & A.J. Pickering. 2016. Adapting and evaluating a rapid, low-cost method to enumerate flies in the household setting. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.
  5. Kwong L, Ercumen A, Pickering AJ, Unicomb L, Davis J, & Luby SP. .2016. Hand and Object Mouthing of Rural Bangladeshi Children 3-18 Months Old. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  6. Harris A, Pickering AJ, Harris M, Doza S, Unicomb L, Islam MA, Luby SP, Davis J, Boehm AB. (2016) Ruminants contribute fecal contamination to the household environment in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Environmental Science & Technology.
  7. Amin N, Luby SP, Crider YC, Das S, Unicomb L, Das, Davis J, A.J. Pickering. 2016. Piloting automated batch chlorinator systems at shared water points in an urban community of Dhaka. Journal of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Development
  8. A.J. Pickering, H. Djebbari, C. Lopez, M. Coulibaly, M.A. Alzua. 2015. Effect of a community-led sanitation intervention on child diarrhea and child growth in rural Mali: a cluster randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Global Health
  9. T.R. Julian and A.J. Pickering, 2015. A pilot study on integrating videography and environmental microbial sampling to model fecal bacterial exposures in peri-urban Tanzania. PLOS ONE.
  10. A.J. Pickering, Y. Crider, N. Amin, V. Bauza, L. Unicomb, J. Davis, S.P. Luby. 2015. Differences in Field Effectiveness and Adoption between a Novel Automated Chlorination System and Household Manual Chlorination of Drinking Water in Dhaka, Bangladesh: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLOS ONE. Link
  11. T.R. Julian, MA. Islam, A.J. Pickering, S. Roy, ER Fuhrmeister, A. Ercumen, A. Harris, J. Bishai, K. Schwab. 2015. Genotypic and Phenotypic Characterization of Escherichia coli Isolates from Feces, Hands, and Soils in Rural Bangladesh via the Colilert Quanti-Tray System AEM.
  12. G. Christensen, HN. Dentz, A.J. Pickering, T. Bourdier, BF Arnold, JM Colford, C. Null. 2015. Pilot cluster randomized controlled trials to evaluate adoption of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions and their combination in rural western Kenya. AJTMH.
  13. A.J. Pickering, A.G. Blum, R.F. Breiman, P.K. Ram, J. Davis. 2014. ďVideo surveillance captures student hand hygiene behavior, reactivity to observation, and peer influence in Kenyan primary schoolsĒ PLOS ONE. Link
  14. N. Amin, A.J. Pickering, P.K. Ram, L. Unicomb, N.Najnin, N. Homaira, S. Ashraf, J. Abedin, M.S. Islam, S.P Luby. 2014. ďMicrobiological Evaluation of the Efficacy of Soapy Water to Clean Hands: A Randomized, Non-inferiority Field TrialĒ Tropical Medicine and International Health.
  15. M.C. Mattioli, A.B. Boehm, J. Davis, M. Mrisho, A. Harris, A.J. Pickering. 2014. ďEnteric pathogens in stored drinking water and on caregiver's hands in Tanzanian households with and without reported cases of child diarrheaĒ PLOS ONE. Link
  16. D. Hospodsky, A.J. Pickering, T.R. Julian, D. Miller, S. Gorthala, A.B. Boehm, J. Peccia. 2014. ďHand bacterial communities vary across two different human populationsĒ Microbiology.
  17. B. Arnold, C. Null, S.P. Luby, C. Stewart, K. Dewey, T. Ahmed, S. Ashraf, G. Christensen, T. Clasen, H. Dentz, L. Fernald, R. Haque, A. Hubbard, P. Kariger, E. Leontsini, A. Lin, S. Njenga, A.J. Pickering, P.K. Ram, F. Tofail, P. Winch. 2013. "Cluster-randomized controlled trials of individual and combined water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutritional interventions in rural Bangladesh and Kenya: The WASH Benefits Study design and rationale" BMJ open.
  18. A.J. Pickering, J. Davis, A. Blum., J. Scalmanini, B. Oyier, G. Okoth, R.F. Breiman, P.K. Ram. ďAccess to waterless hand sanitizer improves student hand hygiene behavior among primary schools in Nairobi, KenyaĒ American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2013
  19. M. Mattioli, A.J. Pickering, R. Gilsdorf, J. Davis, A. Boehm. 2013. ďHands and water as vectors of enteric pathogens in Bangamoyo, TanzaniaĒ Environmental Science and Technology. Link
  20. T.R. Julian, A.J. Pickering, J. Leckie, A.B. Boehm. 2013. Enterococcus spp. on fomites and hands indicate risk of respiratory illness in child care centers. American Journal of Infection Control. Link
  21. A.J. Pickering, T.R. Julian (co-first author), S.J. Marks, M. Mattioli, A.B. Boehm, K. Schwab, J. Davis. 2012. Fecal contamination and diarrheal pathogens on surfaces and in soils among Tanzanian households with and without improved sanitation. Environmental Science and Technology. Link
  22. A.J. Pickering, J. Davis. 2012. Freshwater availability and water fetching distance affect child health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Environmental Science and Technology. Link
  23. A.J. Pickering, J. Davis, A. B. Boehm. 2011. Efficacy of alcohol-based hand sanitizer on hands soiled with dirt and cooking oil. Journal of Water and Health. Link
  24. N. Badowski, C. Castro, M. Montgomery, A. J. Pickering, S. Mamuya, J. Davis. 2011. Understanding Household Behavioral Risk Factors for Diarrheal Disease in Dar es Salaam: A Photovoice Community Assessment. Journal of Environmental and Public Health.
  25. A.J. Pickering, T. R. Julian, S. Mamuya, A. B. Boehm, J. Davis. 2011. Hand fecal contamination among Tanzanian mothers varies temporally and following household activities. Tropical Medicine and International Health. Link
  26. J. Davis, A.J. Pickering, K. Rogers, S. Mamuya, and A. B. Boehm. 2011. The effects of informational interventions on household water management, hygiene behaviors, stored drinking water quality, and hand contamination in peri-urban Tanzania. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
  27. A.J. Pickering, J. Davis, S. P. Walters, H. M. Horak, D. P. Keymer, D. Mushi, R. Strickfaden, J. S. Chynoweth, J. Liu, A. Blum, K. Rogers, A. B. Boehm. 2010. Hands, water, and health: fecal contamination in Tanzanian communities with improved, non-networked water supplies. Environmental Science & Technology, 44,3267-3272. Link
  28. A.J. Pickering, A. B. Boehm, Mathew Mwanjali, J. Davis. 2010. Efficacy of waterless hand hygiene as compared to handwashing with soap: A field study in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 82, 270-278. Link