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Dr. Roberts is the Director of the Public Health Outcomes and Effects of the Built Environment (PHOEBE) Laboratory. The mission of the PHOEBE Laboratory is to gain an improved understanding of how our built environments or rather the man-made places and spaces of our neighborhoods and communities, such as buildings, parks, and transportation systems, can impact the health and well-being of individuals of all ages.
Dr. Roberts examines social and environmental determinants that encourage or discourage all domains of physical activity (e.g. recreational, transportation) and how these determinants may be associated with physical (e.g. obesity) and mental (e.g. depression) public health outcomes among adults, adolescents and children.
PHOEBE Laboratory research follows a broad approach to active living by investigating the following questions.
The Purple Line Light Rail Impact on Neighborhood, Health and Transit (PLIGHT) Study will exam pre- and post-Purple Line public transportation use, active transportation behaviors and attitudes and physical activity among Prince George’s County, Maryland residents.
Dr. Roberts has been selected by Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a JPB Environmental Health Fellow. Funded by the JPB Foundation, this fellowship program supports a new generation of Environmental Health scholars who are committed to developing solutions and supporting policy changes that address environmental, social, and economic health disparities in the United States.
Dr. Roberts teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public health, built environment and physical activity epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
Dr. Roberts mentors students through independent studies, internships and graduate assistantships.
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