Welcome to my homepage. I am an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Michigan-Flint. I'm also a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Michigan Data Science Institute (MIDAS) and Fellow at the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health (UK).
My current CV is available here
My research is centered on examining accessibility, urban design, and public health outcomes using innovative GIS methods and empirical models. My work within these areas has been expansive, spanning approaches involving active transportation; naturalistic models to assess cycling stress; Agent Based Modeling (ABM); travel-mode sentiment analysis using Big Data; travel-demand modeling; neighborhood crime and public health outcomes; urban infrastructure resiliency; mental health-transportation-urban form relations; intermodal travel potentials in legacy cities; and geovisualizing food insecurity patterns.
I also have a breadth of practical experience from my time working in private industry, government sectors, and non-profit organizations as a GIS analyst, planner, and consultant. These experiences inform my teaching and complement my research agenda.
A recent international project recently been accepted for publication in the journal: Transportation Research F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. The article entitled: "Physiological responses to urban design during bicycling: A naturalistic investigation" is a result of my work in Wuppertal, Germany. The collaboration investigated the mitigating influence of urban design on bicycling comfortability (aka, stress) in an urban environment using biosensors, micro-scale environmental data, and geospatial analysis. The full-length article can be found here.
A collaborative project focused on assessing food access in Michigan has recently been published in the journal: Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This open-access article - A Geospatial Analysis of Access to Ethnic Food Retailers in Two Michigan Cities: Investigating the Importance of Outlet Type within Active Travel Neighborhoods - highlights the utility of incorporating local modeling techniques to more fully understand how ethnic food access is mitigated within active travel service areas for the City of Flint and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The full length article can be found here.
I am excited to announce that I have been recently selected to become a Fellow at the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health. Working with Director, Leyla McCay (@laylamccay), and many other Fellows at the Institute, I will bring my enthusiasm and empirical skills to further our understanding on the connections among urban design, mental health, and active transportation. Stay tuned and if you want to learn more about the Institute, check them out here!
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University of Michigan-Flint
Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment
University of Michigan, Michigan Institute of Data Sciences (MIDAS)
Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health
University of Michigan-Flint
Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
516 Murchie Science Bldg
Flint, Michigan 48502