Perry Hystad, PhD

Director, Spatial Health Lab

I am an environmental epidemiologist focused on understanding the health impacts related to place (i.e. where we live, work and play). A large portion of my research examines the chronic health impacts related to air pollution, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and reproductive outcomes. I use spatial exposure assessment methods to model air pollution exposure in large health studies, utilizing satellite data and geographic information science (GIS). I also monitor air pollution to develop and evaluate these models. Given the spatially correlated nature of environmental exposures with social determinants of health, I also integrate my research within a multidisciplinary framework to capture the complexity of how place influences health. (Faculty profile page)

Andy Larkin | Spatial Health Lab

Andrew Larken, PhD

Post-Doc, Spatial Health Lab

Andy Larkin is a postdoctoral scholar in the Spatial Health Lab within College of Public Health and Human Sciences. His research focuses on the intersections of environment epidemiology with new technologies and big data. His past research projects include developing smartphone for air pollution informatics, developing computational models to predict biological responses to complex chemical exposures, and analyzing user interfaces from an affect heuristic perspective for optimal risk communications. Currently he is developing global land use regression (LUR) models for NO2 and PM2.5 air pollution that will be applied to the PURE cohort study; developing spatial exposure assessment methods for unconventional oil and gas development that can be applied to future epidemiological analysis; and conducting novel exposure assessment methods for green space using a smart phone application, Google street view imagery and image processing techniques.

Leanne Cusack, PhD

Leanne Cusack, PhD

Post-Doc, Spatial Health Lab
Leanne Cusack is a postdoctoral scholar in& the Spatial Health Lab within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Her research focuses on assessing green space associations with health and implication for policy and risk assessment. Currently Leanne is using GIS to assess green space using satellite NDVI data for a number of different health studies as well as other built environment-related exposures. She completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology at the University of Waterloo, a Masters of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety at Oregon State University  and a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University.

mark roberts

Mark Roberts

PhD Student
Mark Roberts is a Ph.D. Student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and  Atmospheric Sciences. His research uses Geographic Information Systems  (GIS) to estimate air pollution exposure for a population-based study of childhood cancer in Texas.

Mary Willis

PhD Student
Mary Willis is a PhD student in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Her research examines the health impacts of residential proximity to unconventional oil and gas development sites. She previously completed an undergraduate degree in Epidemiology and Environmental Studies and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Rochester.

Elliott Moon

PhD Student
Elliott Moon is a Ph.D. student in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. His research broadly examines the health impacts related urban green space. He is using the Google Earth Engine to examine the change in greenness, measured using the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), for all urban areas of the world from 2000 to 2015 to find potential population health impacts. He is also examining urban green space as an environmental justice issue in US cities, which has received very little attention to-date but could have large public health implications. Finally, he is examining how urban green space may be related to health with the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study, since almost all of the green space and health research has been conducted in developed countries.