W014 Williams Administration Building

College Station, TX 77843-3137

TEL 979. 845. 7056 FAX 979. 862.1784

Texas A&M University


Current Team Members



Chanam Lee, Ph.D. CV pdf

Associate Professor

Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Resear Interests:

  • Healthy and active living communities
  • Urban design, urban form and physical planning
  • Walking and non-motorized transportation
  • Built environment assessment

W014D Williams Administration Building 3137 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-1784

Tel. 979. 845. 7056 Fax. 979. 862. 1784

Email chanam@tamu.edu


Xuemei Zhu, Ph.D. CV pdf

Assistant Professor

Department of Architecture

Resear Interests:

  • Healthy community design, non-motorized transportation and public health
  • Healthcare facility design
  • Environment-behavior research

W002B Williams Administration Building University College Station, TX 77843-3137

Tel. 979. 845. 3780 Fax. 979. 862. 2735

Email xuemeizhu@tamu.edu


James W. Varni, Ph.D. CV pdf

Professor and Vice Chair for Research Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine

Professor of Department of Landscape rchitecture and Urban Planning College of Architecture

Resear Interests:

  • Pediatric measurement instruments
  • Pediatric healing environments
  • Cognitive-behavioral interventions
  • Health-related quality of life

3137 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843-3137

Tel. 979. 862. 1095 Fax. 979. 862. 2735

Email jvarni@arch.tamu.edu



Hyung Jin Kim

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Research Interests:

  • Evidence-based urban design/planning
  • Community design and physical activity
  • Social capital in community

Email kimhj@tamu.edu


John Soo Choi

Ph.D. Student

Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Research Interests:

  • Urban form
  • Urban density
  • Crime rate
  • Travel modes

Tel: 979. 739. 2500

Email johnsoo92@gmail.com



Katrina Serrano

Ph.D. Student

Department of Health & Kinesiology

Research Interests:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Built environment and its effect on health outcomes
  • Minority health and health disparities

Tel: 979. 458. 2679

Email katrinajane1@tamu.edu



Katsuhiko Oda

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Geography

Research Interests:

  • GIS analysis
  • GIS education

Email kirkoda9@neo.tamu.edu





Li Li

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Geography

Research Interests:

  • Spatial analysis and modeling with GIS for socio-economic and environmental applications
  • Built environment, transportation-related physical activity and public health
  • Urban form, urbanization and sustainable urban development

Tel: 979. 575. 0292

Email susieqksl@neo.tamu.edu


Roberto A. Cantu Garza

Ph.D. Student

Department of Landscape and Urban Planning

Research Interests:

  • Local Economic Development and Quality of LIfe

Tel: 979. 703. 6664

Email robertocantugarza@yahoo.com


Young-Jae Kim

Ph.D. Student

Urban & Regional Science

Research Interests:

  • Landscape design and design history
  • Active living and physical activity
  • Urban form and walkable streets
  • Sidewalk vegetation and thermal comfort

Tel: 979. 739. 2837

Email yjkim2011@neo.tamu.edu


Jeongjae Yoon

Ph.D. Student

Urban and Regional Science

Research Interests:

  • Visual quality & cognition

Tel: 979. 422. 2281

Email yjj2324@neo.tamu.edu


Jae Julie Rhee

Master student

Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Research Interests:

  • Sustainable community design and planning
  • Walkable communities
  • Financial viability of new urbanism

Tel: 979. 224. 4108

Email jaerhee@tamu.edu




Minho Seo

Graduate Research Coordinator

Research Interests:

  • The effects of the financial market over standard of living.
  • How businesses can benefit from the implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS).

Email min87kr@neo.tamu.edu


Former & Guest Members



Daniel Z. Sui, Ph.D.

Professor of Geography Department

Distinguished Professor of social & Behavioral Sciences

1110 Derby Hall, 154 North Oval Mall Columbus, OH 43210-1361

Tel: 614. 688. 5441/ Fax: 614. 292. 6213

Email sui.10@osu.edu


Jun-Hyun Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Landscape Architecture Department

Research Interests:

  • Landscape Spatial Patterns and Human Behavior

California Polytechnic State University
215 Dexter Building (#34)
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-0285

Tel: 805. 756. 1773 / Fax: 805. 756. 2270

Email jkim99@calpoly.edu


K. Meghan Wieters, AICP, Ph.D.

Urban and Regional Planning  Program: Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Sciences

Research Interests:

  • Intersection of public health with planning
  • Active transportation modes

Assistant Professor at University of Oklahoma, Regional & City Planning

Tel : 405. 325. 3851

Email kmeghanwieters@ou.edu






Eun Jung Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Research Fellow

Research Interests:

  • Healthy Cities Planning

Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements

Tel: 82. 31. 380. 0239

Email ejkim@krihs.re.kr



Rico Flores, MS

Master of Science In Land Development

Research Interests:

  • Commercial Real Estate Development
  • Financial Viability of New Urbanism
  • Impacts of the Built Environment on Obesity
  • Walkable Communities

Tel: 713. 876. 2450

Email ricoflofitness@tamu.edu


Shan Gao, Ph.D.

Urban and Regional Science Program

Research Interests:

  • Sustainable Community Planning and Design
  • Affordable Housing
  • Real Estate Development
  • GIS
  • Quantitative Methods

Email gaoshan@neo.tamu.edu


Shaikh Saif Din

Graduate student in MPH

Department of epidemiology and biostatistics

Research Interests:

  • Active living, obesity
  • HIV and infectious disease epidemiology
  • Spatial epidemiology (GIS)

Email din@srph.tamhsc.edu



2009 Thanksgiving Gathering Party at Dr. Lee's House


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