How does the built environment impact human health, and how can we design places that support human functioning and enhance human well-being? As a researcher, I explore the human-environment relationships, especially the mental health benefits of exposure to urban nature using measures and approaches from geography, psychology, and public health. As a designer, I apply my research findings to support interdisciplinary evidence-based design that addresses pressing issues such as climate change, environmental health and equity.

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Academic Articles28
  • Li, D., Newman, G. D., Wilson, B., Zhang, Y., & Brown, R. D. (2022). Modeling the relationships between historical redlining, urban heat, and heat-related emergency department visits: An examination of 11 Texas cities. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. 49(3), 933-952.
  • Li, X., Zhang, Y., Li, D., Xu, Y., & Brown, R. D. (2022). Ameliorating cold stress in a hot climate: Effect of Winter Storm Uri on residents of subsidized housing neighborhoods. Building and Environment. 209, 108646-108646.
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  • Cheng, W., Li, D., Liu, Z., & Brown, R. D. (2021). Approaches for identifying heat-vulnerable populations and locations: A systematic review. Science of The Total Environment. 799, 149417-149417.
  • Han, B., Li, D., & Chang, P. (2021). The effect of place attachment and greenway attributes on well-being among older adults in Taiwan. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 65, 127306-127306.
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  • Chu, Y., Li, D., & Chang, P. (2021). Effects of Urban Park Quality, Environmental Perception, and Leisure Activity on Well-Being among the Older Population. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(21), 11402-11402.
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Texas A&M University; Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning; 3137 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3137