Profile: Ikuho Yamada

Dr. Ikuho Yamada, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Dr. Yamada’s research interests center on spatial statistics, GIS, and their application to health-related issues.

Ikuho Yamada was born and raised in Tokyo. In Japan, students begin studying English in the middle grades and continue into high school. Ikuho completed Bachelor and Master degrees in Urban Engineering at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1997 and 1999 respectively. She then migrated to Buffalo, New York, where she took her Ph.D. in Geography at the State University of New York in 2004, mentored by Professor Jean-Claude Thill; she also worked with Professor Peter Rogerson as a research assistant. In 2006, she began her tenure at Utah. Ikuho was first introduced to GIS and spatial statistics through her undergraduate engineering degree program, where she used these methodologies to analyze characteristics of cities.

Since taking up residence in Salt Lake City, Ikuho has been working with Professor Rogerson on spatial surveillance methods for detecting emergent disease clusters. Together, they developed a GIS-based software package titled GeoSurveillance for this purpose. Ikuho also worked on a project examining relationships between teen pregnancy and local community environments using GIS-based databases and spatial statistical methods. Currently, she is involved in an interdisciplinary project on obesity and community environments. Her publications include co-authored contributions in Geo-Spatial Technologies in Urban Environments — Policy, Practice, and Pixels (Springer-Verlag, 2007), and the 2003 National Syndromic Surveillance Conference Proceedings — a supplement of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and a forthcoming article on walkability and body mass index in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Despite the travel distance and expense, Ikuho is visits Japan every few years. She may be contacted at ikuho.yamada@nullgeog.utah.edu. See also http://www.geog.utah.edu/external/faculty.html

Updated: June 2008