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University of Colorado Denver


Deborah Thomas, PhD

Associate Professor

Research Interests:
  • Environmental Hazards and Disasters
  • Health Geography
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Planning
  • Courses Taught:
  • GIS and Public Health
  • Hazard Mitigation & Vulnerability Assessment
  • Current Research:
  • Assessing the effects of living at moderate and high altitude on health outcomes .

  • Utilizing GIS for the study of physical activity: individual and environmental mechanisms of PA change. Subcontract from Kaiser Permanente from a NIH Grant.

  • The spatial dynamics of risk and vulnerability in a transitional pastoral economy National Science Foundation. With Craig Janes.

  • Program to award dissertation fellowships in hazards, risk, and disasters Subcontract funding from a National Science Foundation Grant through the Natural Hazards Center.

  • Malaria as an environmental health hazard in Tanzania and health mapping possibilities for informing health evidence-based decision-making. 

  • Education:
  • University of Kansas, BA, Geography, 1993
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte, MA, Geography, 1995
  • University of South Carolina, PhD, Geography, 1999
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