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Katherine Dickinson PhD, MS

Assistant Professor
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health

An environmental economist by training, Dr. Dickinson’s interdisciplinary research focuses on the impacts of policies and interventions on environmental, social, and health outcomes. Much of her current work involves community-engaged environmental justice research in Colorado, exploring issues that include public housing, oil and gas development, and city planning. Meanwhile, several past and current projects have addressed problems at the nexus of environmental quality, economic development, and human health, including sanitation in India, malaria in Tanzania, and improved cookstoves in Ghana. Other branches of research look at responses to natural hazards, including wildfire and hurricanes, and vector-borne disease risks in the US. Several projects have examined the role of social interactions and social networks in shaping risk perceptions and behaviors.

Dr. Dickinson received her PhD from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke Univeristy, and did her postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society scholar at the University of Wisconsin from 2008 to 2010, and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) from 2010 to 2013. Before joining the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at ColoradoSPH, Katie spent four years as a Research Scientist/Project Scientist with joint positions at NCAR and CU Boulder. Katie is currently a JPB Environmental Health Fellow, a program run by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that aims to support scholars in studying the social and environmental determinants of health.

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