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Katherine Dickinson PhD, MS

Associate Professor

Dr. Katie Dickinson is an Associate Professor with tenure of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Colorado School of Public Health, and a JPB Environmental Health Fellow. Her interdisciplinary research examines environmental and climate justice issues and the impacts of policies and programs on health and social outcomes. International projects have addressed problems at the nexus of environmental quality, economic development, and human health, including water and sanitation, household energy and air pollution, and mosquito-borne diseases. Domestically, she has studied drivers of environmental health (in)equity in the context of wildfire, infectious disease (including COVID-19 and mosquito-borne disease), and oil and gas development. Dr. Dickinson has a passion for teaching students about environmental and occupational health policy, and how public health professionals can partner with change-makers at different levels to build healthier and more resilient communities where everyone can thrive. Katie enjoys spending time with her three bright and witty daughters and her husband Caleb, who serves as a City Council member in their hometown of Louisville, Colorado.

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental justice
  • Social survey design and analysis
  • Impact evaluation
  • Community-engaged research

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Environmental Economics, Duke University, 2008
  • MS, Earth Systems, Stanford University, 2003
  • BA, Earth Systems, Stanford University, 2002



  • JPB Environmental Health Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2018-2021


  • Fellow, JPB Environmental Health Fellows Program
  • Affiliate, Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Science and Research Committee Member, Denver Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC)

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