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

  • Spring 2021 GEOG 3692  Global Public Health
  • Spring 2021 GEOG 4852/5852  Health and Medical Geography
  • Spring 2020 GEOG 3692  Introduction to Global Public Health
  • Spring 2020 GEOG 4023/5023  Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Fall 2018 GEOG 4852/5852  Health and Medical Geography
  • Spring 2018 GEOG 3692  Introduction to Global Public Health
  • Spring 2018 GEOG 4023/5023  Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Fall 2017 GEOG 4120/5100  Special Topics: Climate Change and Health 

Honors and Awards 

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

Recent Publications

Watson GL, Telesca D, Reid CE, Pfister GG, Jerrett M. 2019. Machine learning models accurately model ozone exposure during wildfire events. Environmental Pollution; doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.088.

Reid CE, Considine E, Watson G, Telesca D, Pfister GG, Jerrett M. 2019. Associations between ozone and fine particulate matter with respiratory health during a wildfire event. Environment International 129:291–298; doi:10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.033.

Weimer K, Farmer CJQ, Reid CE. 2019. 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: impact on respiratory health of affected communities. 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 

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 51:1467–1476; 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 August 2019