Casey Durand, PhD
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.
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.
(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)
(Durand CP, Zhang K, Salvo D; Preventive medicine; 2017)
(Salvo D, Durand CP, Evans AE, Perez A, Kohl, HW III; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; 2017)
(Durand CP, Tang X, Pettee-Gabrie, K, Sener IN, Oluyomi AO, Knell G, Porter A, Hoelscher DM, Kohl HW; Journal of Transport & Health; 2015)
(Oluyomi AO, Byars A, Byrd-Williams C, Sharma SV, Durand C, Hoelscher DM, Butte NF, Kelder SH; Child Obesity; 2015)
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.