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Emily Rugel

Ph.D.
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Emily Rugel
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Thesis: Defining equitable access to natural space as a mental health-promoting urban resource
Degrees:
B.A., Journalism, New York University
M.P.H., Health Promotion and Health Education, Portland State University
Supervisor: Michael Brauer
Committee Members:
  • Co-Supervisor: Sarah Henderson — Assistant Professor, School of Population & Public Health
  • Richard Carpiano — Associate Professor, Department of Sociology/School of Population & Public Health

Awards & Scholarships

  • University of British Columbia — Bridge CIHR Strategic Training Fellowship — 2012-2016
  • University of British Columbia — Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship — 2012-2016
  • University of British Columbia — International Partial Tuition Scholarship — 2012-2016
  • International Society of Exposure Science — Student and New Researcher Travel Award — 2015
  • American Public Health Association — Retirement Research Foundation Doctoral Student Research Award Semifinalist — 2014
  • University of British Columbia — Faculty of Medicine Graduate Award — 2012-2013
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) — Employee Recognition Award — 2011
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) — Employee Recognition Award — 2009
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management — Presidential Management Fellowship — 2008-2010
  • Portland State University — Outstanding Graduate Student Award — 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa — Inducted Member — 1999
  • Kappa Tau Alpha — Inducted Member — 1999
  • New York University — Sir Harold Acton Scholarship — 1996-1999

Biography

Emily's research broadly explores the association between health and place. Her specific interests include disparities in access to health-promoting urban resources and the impact of natural spaces on mental health. To advance these efforts, she harnesses the power of geographic information systems (GIS) and interdisciplinary partnerships alongside more traditional tools. Before joining the Bridge Program, Emily worked at the National Institutes of Health in a variety of research and research administration positions. She holds a Master of Public Health from Portland State University and a B.A. in Journalism from New York University, but firmly believes in the acquisition of knowledge through chance encounters as well as classroom instruction.

Research

Interests: Natural space, gentrification, community-based/participatory action research, urban health inequities, research team ethics, translating built design interventions to resource-poor settings

Work Experience

  • UBC Department of Forestry — Teaching Assistant (UFOR 200: Urban Forests & Well-Being) — December 2015-April 2016
  • UBC School of Population & Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Practice — Graduate Research Assistant — March-May 2015
  • UBC Health & Community Design Lab — Graduate Research Assistant — August 2012-September 2014
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Division of Intramural Research — Program Analyst — August 2010-February 2012
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) — Public Health Analyst — February 2010-June 2010
  • National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) — Program Analyst — October 2009-January 2010
  • National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center Department of Bioethics — Health Policy Analyst — May 2009-September 2009
  • National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), Office of Communications and Public Liaison — Public Health Advisor — February 2009-May 2009
  • National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center, Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation — Health Policy Analyst — September 2008-February 2009
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Project Red Talon — Public Health Intern — March 2008-June 2008
  • Portland State University, School of Community Health — Graduate Research Assistant — April 2007-June 2008
  • San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families — Public Information Officer — June 2002-October 2004
  • Looksmart — Health and Science Search Editor — July 1999-June 2000

Publications

Journal Articles
Rugel EJ, Carpiano, RM. Gender differences in the roles for social support in ensuring adequate fruit and vegetable consumption among older adult Canadians. Appetite. 2015 Sep 1;92:102-9.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019566631500238X

Policy Papers
Rugel EJ. Green space and mental health: pathways, impacts and gaps. Vancouver: National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health; 2015 March. Available from: http://www.ncceh.ca/documents/evidence-review/green-space-and-mental-health-pathways-impacts-and-gaps

Other Refereed Publications
Rugel EJ, Brauer M, Henderson S. (2016). Proceedings from the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting: Assessing exposure to urban natural spaces to evaluate impacts on mental health. San Francisco, CA.
Brauer M, Rugel EJ. (2015). Proceedings from the International Society of Exposure Science 25th Annual Meeting: Beyond NDVI: Methods and tools for integrating quality into greenspace exposure assessments. Henderson, NV.
Rugel EJ. (2015). Proceedings from the Semiahmoo Occupational, Environmental and Public Health Conference: Using Google Street View for subjective natural space assessments. Blaine, WA.
Rugel EJ, Carpiano RM. (2014). Proceedings from the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: A role for tangible social support in ensuring adequate daily fruit and vegetable consumption among older adult Canadians. New Orleans, LA.
Rugel EJ
. (2010). Proceedings from the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Benefit-sharing arrangements and material transfer agreements: two tools to reduce exploitation in international collaborative research. Denver, CO.
Rugel EJ
, Castillo-Salgado C. (2010). Proceedings from the International Conference on Urban Health: Geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool for addressing equity issues in urban health. New York, NY.
Belizan J, Campbell M, Rugel EJ, Dearing J, Kupfer L, Wallace M. (2009). Proceedings from the NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Planning for adoption of clinical care practices in global health. Bethesda, MD.
Appert B, Rugel EJ (2008). Proceedings from the International Conference on Urban Health: The impact of the Pharmacy Syringe Access Program in Seattle, Washington. Vancouver, BC.
Crespo CJ, Smit E, Garcia-Palmieri MR, McGee Sr. DL, Rugel EJ, Ramirez- Marrero FA, Lee IM. (2008). Proceedings from the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting: Effect of physical activity on all-cause mortality among Puerto Rican men with metabolic syndrome. Indianapolis, IN.

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