Assistant Professor, Disability and Human Development
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 705 DHSP
My work is at the intersection of disability, urban planning, and public health. I study the ways in which neighborhood environments, local policies, and systems impact health behaviors and health outcomes for people with disabilities using a blend of big data analytics, policy evaluation, and community engaged research. The intention of my work is to improve community mobility and access to health promoting opportunities. I am interested in using new and interesting data sources to study the effects of barrier removal for people with disabilities. I developed the Community Health Inclusion Index (CHII), as a tool that is psychometrically reliable and valid and which can be used by communities to increase participation of people with disability in health promoting activities. The CHII is currently used by communities across the country as well as internationally to examine community health inclusion. I utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positional Systems (GPS) tools in my research and as part of my teaching.
Centers Of Disease Control and Prevention National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Subcontract - National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability, Evaluation Lead
Center for Large Data Research, Development of a Mobility Limitation Algorithm, Co-Principal Investigator
Center for Research on Health and Aging, Neighborhood Environment Moderation of Disability & Obesity Association, Principal Investigator
Idaho Department of Health and Family Services, Evaluation of Idaho’s Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services, Co-Investigator
Service to the Community
I am currently serving on a technical committee for the Metropolitan Planning Council for their Universal Mobility Initiative, the Cook County Forest Preserve ADA Advisory Committee, the City of Chicago Disability Complete County Committee.
Leadership in the Profession
American Public Health Association, Member of disability section
PhD in Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago (June 2019)
Masters of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP), University of Illinois at Chicago (2008)
Bachelor of Arts B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison (2005)