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J. Aaron Hipp

Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability; Associate Director of Social and Behavioral Science Applications

NC State University

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Center for Geospatial Analytics

Area(s) of Expertise

Since my dissertation, Effect of environmental conditions on perceived psychological restorativeness of coastal parks, I have focused on human health and the natural environment. A majority of my work measures active travel and active living to and within our public open spaces including greenways, bike lanes, and parks. Equity in access and quality of spaces, as well as related emerging methods for measurement and evaluation, drive my research agenda. Our research team's current efforts are investigating open and play space equity in Colorado; health impacts of a combined YMCA/elementary school in Southeast Raleigh; heat island effect and parks in North Carolina; health benefits of multifamily housing; and walkability in rural eastern NC.