Katherine Dickinson

Headshot of Fellow Katherine Dickinson
Associate Professor

Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
Colorado School of Public Health Aurora, CO

Fellowship Collaborative Projects: Assessing Landowner Perceptions of Environmental and Public Health Risks When Signing Easements Agreements for Oil and Gas Pipelines/ Debts & Reciprocity vs. Deficits & Harms: Developing EJ Communication Tools to Catalyze Action/ Housing Policy as Public Health Policy: Building a Community-Engaged Impact Evaluation of Denver’s Sun Valley Public Housing Redevelopment Project 

As a JPB fellow, Dr. Dickinson pursued collaborative, community-engaged research partnerships to improve health and reduce health disparities in Colorado.

An environmental economist by training, Dr. Dickinson’s interdisciplinary research examines how people perceive and respond to risks, and the impacts of policies and interventions on environmental, health, and social outcomes. Several past and current 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. Other branches of research have looked at responses to natural hazards, including wildfire and hurricanes.

Katie received BS and MS degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2008. She 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 EOH, Katie spent four years as a Research Scientist/Project Scientist with joint positions at NCAR and CU Boulder.

Research Projects include:

  • Environmental justice and oil and gas development in Colorado
  • Mosquito-borne disease risks and mosquito control policy in Texas
  • Household energy transitions and air pollution impacts in Ghana