Dr. Katie Dickinson is an Assistant Professor 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)
- EHOH 6601 Public Health Concepts for Non-MPH Students
- EHOH 6614 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health
- EHOH 6618 Environmental Health Policy and Practice
- National Science Foundation, Oil and Gas Siting, Housing Choices, and Environmental Justice in Colorado. January 2020-December 2022. Role: PI
- JPB Environmental Health Fellowship, “Investigating Environmental Justice in Colorado.” 2018-2023. Role: PI
- National Science Foundation, “RAPID: Can Big Ideas About Resilience Survive the Reality of a Disaster? Built Environment Policy and Recovery After the Marshall Fire.” 2022-2023. Role: Co-PI
- National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: Risk-Risk Tradeoffs and Prescribed Burning Decisions." 2022-2025. Role: PI
- National Science Foundation, “RAPID: Partisanship, Trust, and Vaccine Hesitancy: Impacts of the 2020 Election on COVID-19 Risk Management.” Role: Co-PI.
Publications and Presentations
- DeVoss, R., J. Auerbach, N. Banacos, A. Brunett, O. Oke, S. Pease, C. Welton-Mitchell, M. Westbrook, and K.L. Dickinson. What is known about mental health and US federal housing subsidy programs? A scoping review. Accepted, Social Science and Medicine – Mental Health.
- Pakhtigian, E.L., K.L. Dickinson (Co-First Author), J. Orgill-Meyer, and S.K. Pattanayak. Sustaining latrine use: Peers, policies, and sanitation behavior. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 200 (August 2022): 223-242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2022.05.024.
- Roberts, J.D., K.L. Dickinson, M.D. Hendricks, and V. Jennings. 2022. “I Can’t Breathe”: Examining the legacy of American racism on determinants of health and the ongoing pursuit of environmental justice. Current Environmental Health Reports, published online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-022-00343-x.
- Dickinson, K.L., N. Banacos, E. Carbajal, N. Dacko, C. Fredregill, S. Hinojosa, J. G. Juarez*, C. Weldon, and G. L. Hamer. 2022. Public willingness to pay and social acceptability for mosquito control in Texas. Emerging Infectious Diseases 28(2): 425-428. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2802.210501.
- Dickinson, K.L., J.D. Roberts, N. Banacos, L. Neuberger, E. Koebele, D. Blanche-Hartigan, and E.A. Shanahan. 2021. Structural racism and the COVID-19 experience in the United States. Health Security 19: S1. https://doi.org/10.1089/hs.2021.0031.