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Jessica Cook

Jessica Cook is currently a PhD candidate in Health and Behavioral Sciences.  She is completing her dissertation research in Delhi, India as a 2013-2014 Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellow affiliated with the School of Human Ecology at Ambedkar University Delhi.  She holds a BLA/MLA in landscape architecture from The Pennsylvania State University and a BA in English: Creative Writing from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Her broad research interest is the relationship between the built environment and health/behavior. She has been involved in research projects focused on understanding and measuring the impacts of neighborhood walkability and access to healthy food and parks on health status of residents in the United States. The majority of her research has involved youth, women, minority groups, and low-income communities.

Her dissertation research explores how social networks of a community of urban farmers in Delhi impact their livelihood adaptation strategies in response to urban development pressures.  Social equity and community engagement are essential components of sustainable urban planning and development but can be challenging to achieve.  This research will provide insight from the ground-up into how social dynamics within a community impact community engagement and empowerment. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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