Category Archives: Methods

CDC Releases New Built Environment Assessment Tool

The CDC released a new direct systematic observation data collection instrument for measuring the core features and quality of the built environment related to behaviors that affect health, especially behaviors such as walking, biking, and other types of physical activity.  The … Continue reading

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New Research Using Google Street View to Conduct Neighborhood ‘Virtual Audits’

We recently published three papers describing our use of Google Street View to conduct ‘virtual-audits’ to collect observational data on neighborhood characteristic and conditions. A long established approach to collecting data on neighborhood conditions is to send trained observers to … Continue reading

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Steve Mooney receives Award at Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting

Steve Mooney, a doctoral student with the BEH group, won a best poster presentation award at the Society for Epidemiologic Research annual conference for his work on the effects on causal inference of error in measuring contextual variables. Proportion of … Continue reading

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Recent Research Papers

Several new papers from the group have come out in the past several months. In the Journal of Urban Health we published a paper showing that New Yorker’s engagement in active transport, either walking or cycling, is positively associated with … Continue reading

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