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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Affiliated PhD Student

Audrey Blewer

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Doctoral Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

About

Audrey L Blewer, MPH, is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology and the Assistant Director for Educational Programs at the Center for Resuscitation Science. Prior to her arrival at the University of Pennsylvania, Audrey completed a master's degree in public health at the University of Florida. Ms. Blewer's scholarly interests lie at the intersection of resuscitation science, health disparities research, health education, and implementation science. In her current work, Ms. Blewer is examining how CPR training dissemination strategies can be expanded, and tailored, to target geographic, racial, and socioeconomic disparities in layperson CPR education and bystander CPR delivery. 

Faculty Fellow

Carolyn Cannuscio

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Assistant Professor

About

Carolyn Cannuscio is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is a social epidemiologist with substantial experience studying aging, chronic disease, health disparities, and material hardship. Her current work concentrates in two ares: the material and social causes of later-life health disparities, and the preventable causes of urban health disparities. To advance the use of visual methods in health disparities research, she collaborates with David Asch, Eve Weiss, and a strong interdisciplinary team of student research assistants. 

Selected Publications

Hailu, T., C.C. Cannuscio, R. Dupuis, and J. Karlawish. 2017. “A typical day with mild cognitive impairment.” American Journal of Public Health 107(6): 927-928. 

Morgan, A.U.; R. Dupuis, E.D. Whiteman, B. D'Alonzo, and C.C. Cannuscio. 2017. “Our Doors Are Open to Everybody: Public Libraries as Common Ground for Public Health.” Journal of Urban Health-Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 94(1).

Golinkoff, A., Moriah Hall; Willie Baronet, Carolyn Cannuscio, and Rosemary Frasso. 2016. “Cardboard Commentary: A Qualitative Analysis of the Signs From America’s Streets.” American Journal of Public Health 106(11).

Affiliated PhD Student

Alison Culyba

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Doctoral Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

About

Alison Culyba, MD MPH, is an Adolescent Medicine Advanced Research Fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Epidemiology PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania with expertise in strengths-based approaches to youth violence prevention. She completed medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, residency training in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She obtained an MPH from Harvard University with a focus on adolescent health and injury prevention. Her clinical experiences caring for violence-affected youth in West Philadelphia motivate and inform her research efforts. Her research focuses on the role of individual, family, and neighborhood-level promotive factors in reducing violence involvement among youth in urban environments. Employing novel GIS methods, her current research examines the role of supportive adult family members in reducing the risk of severe assault injuries among male youth in urban environments. 

Selected Publications

Wiebe DJ, Blackstone MM, Mollen CJ, Culyba AJ, Fein JA.: Self-Reported Violence-Related Outcomes for Adolescents within Eight Weeks of Emergency Department Treatment for Assault Injury.  J AD Health. 49(4): 440-442, Oct: 2011.

Affiliated PhD Student

Ari Friedman

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MD/PhD Candidate in Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania

About

Ari B. Friedman is a Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute and a sixth-year M.D./Ph.D. student in health economics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School. His research interests include the industrial organization of the unscheduled care system (primary care clinics, urgent care and retail clinics, and emergency departments), access to care and insurance, and financially integrating population health into the medical system. His work has been cited more than 600 times, with an h-index of 8.

Selected Publications

Friedman AB. Comment on Economic Incentives and Use of the Intensive Care Unit. JAMA 2014. 311(22):2336-2337.

Rhodes KV, Kenney GM, Friedman AB, Saloner B, Lawson CC, Chearo D, Wissoker D, Polsky D. Primary Care Access for New Patients on the Eve of Health Care Reform. JAMA Int Med 2014.

Becker NV, Friedman AB. Emergency Department, Heal Thyself. Am J Emerg Med 2014. 32(2):175-177.

Friedman AB, Mendola T. To Cover Their Child, One Couple Navigates A Health Insurance Maze In Pennsylvania. Health Affairs2013. 32(5):994-997.

Friedman AB, Becker N. Understanding the Individual Mandate's SCOTUS Pivot Points. LDI Health Economist. April 2012.VIDEO

Faculty Fellow

Karen Glanz

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George A. Weiss University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and School of Nursing

About

Karen Glanz is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, and Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center and serves on the NHLBI Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health. Her research seeks to understand health behavior and improve it through education, public policy, and organizational change. A globally influential public health scholar, her work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, and other disciplines. Her research in community and health care settings covers healthy eating, obesity prevention, cancer prevention and control, chronic disease management and control, reducing health disparities, and health communication technologies. She has published more than 440 journal articles and book chapters. Thomson Reuters named her one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015” in general social sciences. The Institute for Scientific Information has named her a Most Highly Cited Researcher. Over the past 15 years, Glanz has received more than $45 million in research funding. 

Selected Publications

Cain KL, Gavand KA, Conway TL, Geremia CM, Millstein RA, Frank LD, Saelens BE, Adams MA, Glanz K, King AC, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Developing and validating an abbreviated version of the Microscale Audit for Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS-Abbreviated).” Journal of Transport & Health.

Wang X, Conway TL, Cain KL, Frank LD, Saelens BE, Geremia C, Kerr J, Glanz K, Carlson JA, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Interactions of psychosocial factors with built environments in explaining adolescents' active transportation.” Preventive Medicine.

Carlson JA, Mitchell TB, Saelens BE, Staggs VS, Kerr J, Frank LD, Schipperijn J, Conway TL, Glanz K, Chapman JE, Cain KL, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Within-person associations of young adolescents’ physical activity across five primary locations: Is there evidence of cross-location compensation?” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity.

James P, Hart JE, Hipp JA, Mitchell JA, Kerr J, Hurvitz PM, Glanz K, Laden F. 2017 (in press). “GPS-based exposure to greenness and walkability and accelerometry-based physical activity.” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Glanz K, Johnson L, Yaroch A, Phillips M, Ayala G, Davis E. 2016. “Measures of Retail Food Store Environments and Sales:  Review and Implications for Healthy Eating Initiatives.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 48: 280-288.

Faculty Fellow

Shiriki Kumanyika

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Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

About

Shiriki Kumanyika is Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. She holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. During her tenure on the Penn Medicine faculty, Kumanyika served as the Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, held a secondary appointment as Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Gastroenterology, Nutrition Section), and was affiliated with numerous Penn institutes and centers. She was the founding Director of Penn's interdisciplinary, multi-school Master of Public Health program. Her research focuses on identifying effective strategies to reduce nutrition-related chronic disease risks, with a particular focus on achieving health equity for black Americans. For more than three decades, she has led or collaborated on single- or multi-center randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to obesity, salt intake, and other aspects of diet. She founded (in 2002) and continues to chair the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) (http://www.aacorn.org), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. Kumanyika is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a past President of the American Public Health Association.

Selected Publications

Huang, Terry T-K, John H Cawley, Marice Ashe, Sergio A Costa, Leah M Frerichs, Lindsey Zwicker, Juan A Rivera, David Levy, Ross A Hammond, Estelle V Lambert, and Shiriki Kumanyika. 2015. “Mobilisation of public support for policy actions to prevent obesity.” Lancet 385(9985): 2422-2431.

Powell, Lisa M, Roy Wada, Shiriki Kumanyika. 2014. “Racial/ethnic and income disparities in child and adolescent exposure to food and beverage television ads across the U.S. media markets.” Health and Place 29C: 124-131.

Kumanyika, S. K., M.C. Whitt-Glover C, D. Haire-Joshu. 2014. “What works for obesity prevention and treatment in black Americans? Research directions.” Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity 15(Suppl 4): 204-212.

Morales, Knashawn H, Shiriki K Kumanyika, Jennifer E Fassbender, Jerene Good, A Russell Localio, and Thomas A Wadden. 2014. “Patterns of weight change in black Americans: pooled analysis from three behavioral weight loss trials.” Obesity 22(12): 2632-2640.

Chatterji, Madhabi, Lawrence W Green, and Shiriki Kumanyika. 2014. “L.E.A.D.: a framework for evidence gathering and use for the prevention of obesity and other complex public health problems.” Health Education and Behavior: The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education 41(1): 85-99.

Emerging Scholar

Eugenia (Gina) South

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

About

Gina South is a physician-scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on neighborhood effects on health and safety in urban environments. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence cardiovascular and mental health, substance use, and violent crime. She completed a randomized trial of vacant lot greening, including a study of ambulatory heart rate to investigate the impact of an urban blight intervention on toxic stress. Dr. South completed her Medical Degree at Washington University School of Medicine in 2008 and her Masters of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar between 2010-2012. She is currently in her final year of residency training. During residency, she served as a founding executive board member for the Alliance of Minority Physicians, a collaborative effort between University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Selected Publications

Branas CC, Kondo MC, Murphy SM, South EC, Polsky D, MacDonald JM. "Urban blight remediation as a cost-beneficial solution to firearm violence." American Journal of Public Health. Accepted for publication August 4, 2016.

Kondo MC, South EC, Branas CC, Richmond TS, Wiebe DJ. "The association between urban tree cover and gun assault: a case-control and case-crossover study." American Journal of Epidemiology. Accepted for Publication on Sept 12, 2016

Garvin EC. Op-ed. “Cleaner, greener and healthier.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011. November 18.

Garvin E, Branas C, Keddems S, Sellman J, Cannuscio C. "More than just an eyesore: local insights and solutions on vacant land and urban health." J Urban Health 90(3):412-26, 2013. PMID: 23188553

Garvin EC, Cannuscio CC, Branas CC. "Greening vacant lots to reduce violent crime: a randomized controlled trial."  Inj Prev 19(3):198-203, 2013. PMID: 22871378

South EC, Kondo MC, Cheney RA, Branas CC. "Neighborhood blight, stress, and health: A walking trial of urban greening and ambulatory heart rate." Am J Public Health. 2015 May;105(5):909-13. PMID: 25790382

Kondo MD, South EC, Branas CC. "Nature-based strategies for improving urban health and safety. J Urban Health." Accepted for publication July 16, 2015. 

Faculty Fellow

Douglas Wiebe

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Associate Professor of Epidemiology

About

Douglas Wiebe is Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. His research interests include environmental risk factors for injury, the methodologic challenges of activity pattern measurement and exposure measurement, and the impact of daily routines on health-related behavior. A number of his studies examine how keeping a firearm at home relates to homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings of household members. He also studies issues of the clinical management of trauma and mild traumatic brain injury. One study he leads, funded by the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, aims to understand the timeline to recovery for children who have sustained a concussion.

Selected Publications

Flynn KE, TS Richmond, CC Branas, and DJ Wiebe. 2017. “Neighborhood social trust and youth perceptions of safety during daily activities.” Injury Prevention.

Kondo, M, CC Branas, TS Richmond, G South, and DJ Wiebe. 2017. “The association between urban tree cover and gun assault: a case-control and case-crossover study.” American Journal of Epidemiology 186(3): 289-296. 

Morrison, Christopher N, Sara F Jacoby, Beidi Dong, M. Kit Delgado, Douglas J Wiebe. 2017. “Ridesharing and Motor Vehicle Crashes in 4 US Cities: An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis.” American Journal of Epidemiology.

Beidi Dong, Charles C. Branas, Therese S. Richmond, Christopher N. Morrison, and Douglas J. Wiebe. 2017. “Youth's daily activities and situational triggers of gunshot assault.” Journal of Adolescent Health.

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