Dr. Stephanie Wilkie

Stephanie Wilkie is Associate Professor in Environmental Psychology in the School of Psychology, University of Sunderland, Sunderland. She is a Chartered Psychologist and associate member of FUSE, the Centre for Translation Health Research. Her research focuses on the influence of urban green space and both built and natural environments on health and wellbeing. As part of this research programme, her work also bridges into areas of health behaviour change, air quality, and facilitating engagement with nature to enhance physical activity. She also has expertise in research methods and advanced statistics including large-scale studies for the US government.

Dr. Wilkie was recently involved with URBHealthS Newcastle, a European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EiT Health) sponsored project which brings together multidisciplinary experts who want to improve URBan HEALTH trainingS for technicians and trainers. URB-HealthS relies on the role of the built environment as support for healthier cities and health behaviour change. On this project, she led a module on the use of multicriteria tools for the analysis and evaluation of green infrastructure projects. She was previously principal investigator on funded evidence reviews of user perceptions of urban green space that facilitate/hinder use for Urban Green Newcastle, the impact of improved air quality on cardiovascular and respiratory disease mortality/morbidity for three North East local authorities, and effects of built environment interventions to impact public health outcomes integrated with health behaviour change theory for Public Health England.

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