Casey Durand, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Trained as a behavioral scientist, Casey 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 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 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.  He is currently working on a new proposal to understand how special taxing districts could be leveraged as a means to decrease inequalities in the built environment across Houston.

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Current Projects

Houston TRAIN Study

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The Houston TRAIN (Transportation Related Activity in Neighborhoods) Study will examine the short and long-term effect of a new light rail transit (LRT) system on adults’ physical activity in Houston, Texas.

Recent Publications

Efficacy of a Community- Versus Primary Care-Centered Program for Childhood Obesity: TX CORD RCT

(Butte NF, Hoelscher DM, Barlow SE, Pont S, Durand C, Vandewater EA, Liu Y, Adolph AL, Pérez A, Wilson TA, Gonzalez A, Puyau MR, Sharma SV, Byrd-Williams C, Oluyomi A, Huang T, Finkelstein EA, Sacher PM, Kelder SH; Obesity (Silver Spring); 2017)

Weather is not significantly correlated with destination-specific transport-related physical activity among adults: a large-scale temporally matched analysis

(Durand CP, Zhang K, Salvo D; Preventive medicine; 2017)

Effect Of Neighborhood-unit Definition On The Relationship Between Physical Activity And The Built Environment: 3667 Board #114 June 3 8

(Salvo D, Durand CP, Evans AE, Perez A, Kohl, HW III; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; 2017)

The association of trip distance with walking to reach public transit: Data from the California Household Travel Survey

(Durand CP, Tang X, Pettee-Gabrie, K, Sener IN, Oluyomi AO, Knell G, Porter A, Hoelscher DM, Kohl HW; Journal of Transport & Health; 2015)

The utility of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in systems-oriented obesity intervention projects: the selection of comparable study sites for a quasi-experimental intervention design--TX CORD

(Oluyomi AO, Byars A, Byrd-Williams C, Sharma SV, Durand C, Hoelscher DM, Butte NF, Kelder SH; Child Obesity; 2015)

Recent News

New study: Can riding the METRO line help you lose weight?

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KHOU - December 19, 2013 - When METRO rolls out its new northbound red line service this weekend, experts at the University of Texas Health Science Center will be rolling out a new study.

MSD Center researchers to measure impact of METRO on physical activity of Houston residents