Profile: Paul Robinson

Dr. Paul Robinson, faculty member, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, and UCLA School of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of Geography at Tennessee State University, and is Director of the Charles Drew Medical GIS Laboratory. He has extensive knowledge and experience applying the principles, theories and methods of GIS to bio-medical research.

Paul Robinson received his BA degree in geography from Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia in 1989, his MA in Geography from the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida) in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) in 2001.

In addition to mentoring CDU/UCLA Primary Care Medical Student research theses and teaching geography classes at CDU and TSU, Dr Robinson is currently Principal investigator on two research grants that are utilizing theory and methods from geographic information science to understand how neighborhood environments are influencing chronic disease related behaviors and outcomes; 1) Neighborhood Structure and Cardiovascular Disease (NIH/NHLBI), and 2) Environmental Determinants of Metabolic Syndrome Relate Conditions and Behaviors (NIH/NIGMS). In these and other upcoming NIH sponsored research projects, Dr. Robinson is working with Dr. Michael Goodchild from UCSB, and a team of medical researchers from CDU and UCLA to untangle the complex relationships between local geographies and chronic health outcomes, with the goal of designing more effective interventions. A selection of Dr Robinson s recent scholarly publications can be found at this PubMed link

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Updated: February 2011