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The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research

Casey Durand, PhD

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Assistant Professor



Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Community Health
Physical Activity and Public Health Practice
Applied Measurement Theory


Trained as a behavioral scientist, Casey P. Durand received his PhD in Preventive Medicine from the University of Southern California, and completed an NCI Cancer Education and Career development Program Post-doctoral Fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

His primary research interests concern the effects of the built environment and public policy on health behaviors, including physical activity and diet. He also has methodological interests in power and analyses, interaction /moderation effects, and statistical programming. His primary research project is the Houston TRAIN (Travel Related Activity In Neighborhoods) Study, the goal of which is to understand how new light rail infrastructure affects transportation patterns and physical activity in low-income, primarily minority neighborhoods of Houston.


Phone: +1 (713) 500-9685

Current Projects