Catherine (Katie) Brown

Catherine (Katie)   Brown
  • Ph.D,
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Global Urban Studies Program
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Health Geography, Urban Geography, Social Inequities, GIS


As a health geographer, I am interested in how the places we interact with impact our health. Currently, my work focuses on how urban transformations may affect residents' mental health in the city of Detroit, Michigan, which is presently undergoing significant investment and transformation. For my dissertation, I use both qualitative and quantitative measures to identify the mediating factors between neighborhood change and mental health outcomes. Additionally, my work aims to recognize resources that may protect residents' mental health in the face of neighborhood change. Based off this case, I hope to provide insights that can inform policy and planning decisions in other urban environments facing similar transformations. Beyond the academic frontier, I am committed to making a meaningful impact on the lives of those affected by urban transformations and promoting health equity in urban communities.