Profile: Jim Holt

Dr. James B. Holt, Geographer and Team Leader for Analytic Methods in the Division of Adult and Community Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Jim’s research focuses on the application of geospatial analysis methods and cartographic visualization techniques for chronic disease prevention and health promotion.

Jim Holt earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia in 2003, as a doctoral student of the late Dr. C.P. Lo. Jim has been with CDC since 1992, originally joining the agency as a Presidential Management Intern following the completion of his M.P.A. at Texas A M University. He served in a variety of management roles, culminating in his present post.

Jim is one of a group of PhD – trained geographers at CDC ( Kim Elmore, Xingyou Zhang, Yongping Hao, and Minho Kim). In addition to his research, he is also very active in supporting the use of remotely sensed satellite imagery for disease prevention efforts in the United States and abroad. Jim is very active among CDC geographers and GIS users, having been instrumental in creating a proposed Geography and Geospatial Science Working Group. Jim’s work has been published, and currently in press, in a variety of journals including the including The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, The American Journal of Public Health, The Geographical Review, Environment International, Photogrammetric Engineering Remote Sensing, Addiction, Computers Environment Urban Systems, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Cartographica, Preventing Chronic Disease, and The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

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Updated: February 2011