Profile: Mei-Po Kwan

Dr. Mei-Po Kwan Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Geography, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Director of the Geographic Analysis Core of the Initiative in Population Research (IPR) at the Ohio State University. She is also Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University. Her health-related research focuses on issues pertaining to access to healthcare, spatial disparities in health outcomes, the effect of geographic context on health outcomes, relationships between environment and health, and protection of geoprivacy through geographic masking.

Mei-Po Kwan earned her B.SoSci in Geography at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1985), her M.Sc. in urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles (1989) and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1994). She is currently Editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Associate Editor of Geographical Analysis. She received numerous honors and awards, including the UCGIS Research Award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the Edward L. Ullman Award from the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Kwan was recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2009 for her distinguished contributions to the field of geography. She has recently received five grants totaling $10.2 million as a PI or Co-PI from the National Institutes of Health. All of the projects have a significant geographic component. One of them, as an NIH center grant, seeks to promote innovative interdisciplinary research on population and health at the Ohio State University. The other four projects will examine the health risks of female sex workers, adolescent participation in high risk drug use, tobacco cessation in Ohio smokers, and methods for health behavior research.

Mei-Po may be contacted at kwan.8@nullosu.edu; her CV page at OSU is http://www.geography.osu.edu/faculty/mkwan/WebCV/KwanWebCV.html

Updated: May 2010