Research : Research Highlights

Scott C. Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown’s research examines the role of neighborhood conditions- including the built (physical) environment and social environment- in residents’ behaviors and health. For the past seven years, he has been the Project Director of a study funded by the National Institute on Aging, which examines the relationship of the built environment to Hispanic elders’ social behaviors and their cognitive, affective, and physical functioning. He is also an investigator on a study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases examining the relationship of built environment walkability to Hispanic immigrants’ progression on metabolic syndrome indicators. In addition, Brown is currently working on grant submissions examining the relationship of the neighborhood built environment to multiple adolescent outcomes, including drug use, HIV risk, depressive and anxiety disorders, and conduct problems. In summary, Dr. Brown has a general interest in the impacts of neighborhood physical and social environments on residents’ health and well-being across the lifespan.