Colleen Reid photo portrait
Assistant Professor of Geography • Climate change and human health; Environmental and social epidemiology; Spatial exposure assessment • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2014
Human Geography • Environment-Society

Research Interests

I am interested in how environmental and social exposures interact to influence health with a particular focus on exposures caused by global climatic changes and society’s responses to those changes. To date my research has focused on the health impacts of exposure to air pollution from wildfires, extreme heat events, and proximity to urban vegetation. I was recently selected to be a JPB Environmental Health Fellow through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to becoming an assistant professor in Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. I completed my Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 where I received doctoral research funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Recent Courses Include

  • Fall 2017 GEOG 4120/5100 (3) Special Topics in Geography: Climate Change and Health
  • Spring 2018 GEOG 3692 (3) Introduction to Global Public Health
  • Spring 2018 GEOG 4023/5023 (4) Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Fall 2018 GEOG 4852/5852 (3) Health and Medical Geography

Honors and Awards 

JPB Environmental Health Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2018-2021

Recent Publications

Weimer K, Farmer CJQ, Reid CE. A Spatial View of How United States Cesarean Section Rates Changed from 1990 to 2014. The Professional Geographer 0:1–8; doi:10.1080/00330124.2019.1578979.

Reid CE, Maestas MM. 2019. Wildfire smoke exposure under climate change. Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine. 25(2):179–187. doi: 10.1097/MCP.0000000000000552. 

Reid CE, Kubzansky LD, Shmool JLC, Li J, Clougherty J. 2018. It’s Not Easy Assessing Greenness: A Comparison of the Effects of Spatial Resolution of NDVI and Buffer Sizes on Self-Reported Health. Health & Place. 54: 92–101 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.09.005 

Reid CE, Clougherty J, Shmool JLC, Kubzansky LD. 2017. Is All Urban Green Space the Same? A Comparison of the Health Benefits of Trees and Grass in New York City. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14(11):1411. doi:10.3390/ijerph14111411

Koplitz SN, Jacob DJ, Sulprizio MP, Myllyvirta L, Reid C. 2017. Burden of disease from rising coal emissions in Southeast Asia. Environmental Science & Technology DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03731.

Reid CE, Jerrett M, Tager IB, Petersen ML, Mann JK, Balmes JR. 2016. Differential respiratory health effects from the 2008 northern California wildfires: a spatiotemporal approach. Environmental Research 150:227-235 DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.06.012. 

Reid CE, Brauer M, Johnston F, Jerrett M, Balmes JR, Elliott CT. 2016. Critical Review of Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke Exposure. Environmental Health Perspectives. 124:1334-1343. DOI:10.1289/ehp.1409277.

Updated May 2019