My research program examines ways to increase active living and promote healthy communities. I engage these topics using geospatial tools and empirical modeling strategies with the goalto provide a fuller understanding of contextual and compositional factors affecting accessibility, mobility, and social equity; with a keen focus on the moderating influence of urban design and public health.  The techniques I use largly consist of: GISc, urban data science, spatial statistics, agent based modeling (ABM), spatiotemporal modeling, and other geovisualization strategies. The following topics represent ongoing and past research endeavors: 

  • Active transportation 

  • Urban design, mental health, travel

  • Spatial statistical analysis

  • Transportation psychology

  • Geovisualization and geospatial technology

  • Inter-modal transportation choice

  • Food access and demand

  • Human wayfinding 

  • Travel-demand forecasting

  • Crime risk modeling

  • Multi-criteria decision-making

  • Neighborhood-quality evaluation  

  • Bicycle crash modeling

Latest Research Updates:

April 20, 2018

I am very excited to be starting new line of research at Bergische Universität Wuppertal during my 2016 sabbatical appointment. Here, I'll be working with researchers from the Departments of Computer Simulation and Urban Studies & Sustainable Infrastructure Planning on a project focused on investigating bicyclist wayfinding strategies in an urban environment, one in which terrain and lack of bicycle facilities are ever-present. Through the use of bio-sensors,...

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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

t: 810-762-3355

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