Dr. Jennifer D. 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 focuses on the impact of built, social, and natural environments, including the institutional and structural inequities of these environments, on the public health outcomes of marginalized communities. Specifically, she examines determinants that encourage or discourage all domains of physical activity (e.g. recreational, transit) 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.