Katherine Dickinson, PhD

  • Katherine  Dickinson
    Katherine Dickinson
    EAP Affiliate

Katie Dickinson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Katie Dickinson is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Colorado School of Public Health, and a JPB Environmental Health Fellow.  Her interdisciplinary research examines environmental justice issues in the United States and internationally, using social science tools to understand the drivers of environmental inequities and the impacts of policies on health and social outcomes.  Her energy-related research portfolio includes work on improved cookstoves in Ghana, as well as an ongoing study examining environmental justice around oil and gas development in Colorado. Other branches of research examine social aspects of infectious disease, including COVID-19, and climate resilience strategies related to wildfire and other hazards. The Dickinson Lab, led by Dr. Katherine Dickinson, works across disciplines and with communities and decision-makers to advance environmental and climate justice.

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.  She lives in Louisville, Colorado, with her husband, three daughters, and multiple pets.

Selected publications

  • Dickinson, K.L., M. Dalaba, Z. Brown, R. Alirigia*, E. Coffey, E. Mesenbring, M. Achazanaga, D. Agao, M. Ali, E. Kanyomse, J. Awaregya, C.A. Adagenera, J.B. Aburiya, B. Gubilla, A.R. Oduro, and M. Hannigan. 2018. Prices, Peers, and Perceptions (P3): Study protocol for improved biomass cookstove project in Northern Ghana. BMC Public Health 18:1209. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6116-z.
  • Dickinson, K.L., R. Piedrahita, E. Coffey, E. Kanyomse, R. Alirigia*, T. Molnar, Y. Hagar, M. Hannigan, A. R. Oduro, and C. Wiedinmyer. 2019. Adoption of improved biomass stoves and stove/fuel stacking in the REACCTING intervention study in Northern Ghana. Energy Policy 130:361-374. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.12.007
  • Kroepsch, A., P. Maniloff, J. Adgate, L. McKenzie, and K. Dickinson. 2019. Environmental justice in unconventional oil and natural gas extraction: A critical review and research agenda. Environmental Science and Technology 53(12): 6601-6615. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b00209.
  • Shankar, A.V., A. Quinn, K. L. Dickinson, K. Williams, O. Masera, D. Charron, and D. Jack. 2020. Everybody Stacks: Lessons from household energy case studies to inform design principles for clean energy transitions. Energy Policy 141: 111468. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111468.
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