Profile: Kevin Henry

Kevin Henry, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University, Pennsylvania USA. He also serves as the Associate Director of the New Jersey State Cancer Registry, where he directs the program’s research studies and public health activities. Kevin applies geographic methods to identify health disparities as well as understand how access to health services and social and environmental factors influence health status.

Kevin Henry earned his undergraduate degree in Physical Geography from Salisbury University in 1995, and his PhD in Geography from McGill University in 2005. He completed a one year post-doctoral appointment at the Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases Laboratory at McGill. He then worked several years as a Research Scientist for the New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR) at the New Jersey Department of Health.

Kevin has recently been conducting research that utilizes cancer registry and medical claims data to describe racial/ethnic and neighborhood socioeconomic differences in cancer incidence, treatment, and survival with a particular focus on the geographic variation of these outcomes. He is also presently collaborating on a study funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which examines how possible geographic barriers to care (e.g., travel time, rural residence) impact breast cancer stage at diagnosis and treatment options. Kevin plans to continue to utilize his strengths in spatial statistics, GIS, and demography to build interdepartmental research collaborations with colleagues at the New Jersey Cancer Institute and with outside institutions to examine determinants of health.

Being an effective teacher and mentor has also been an important career goal for Kevin. He teaches Medical Geography and Introduction to GIS at Temple University and since 2001, he has designed and taught short courses at George Mason University on geospatial statistics, ESRI Arc-Objects, and geodatabase design. He has published in a variety of journals, including Health and Place, International Journal of Health Geographics, Infection Genetics and Evolution, and the Journal of Historical Geography.

Kevin may be contacted at henryk1@nullumdnj.edu.

Updated: January 2011