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Kimberly Morland

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  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Human Studies Division

  • M.P.H., University of California

  • B.A., University of California

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina


    Dr. Morland is Course Director of the Environmental Research Center's Environmental and Occupational Interdisciplinary Course.


  • 2003 -
    Outstanding Abstract Award
    American Public Health Association, Epidemiology Section

  • 2001 -
    Member of Delta Omega
    Theta Chapter

  • 2001 -
    Service Recognition Award
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • 2000 -
    Outstanding Abstract Award
    American Public Health Association, Nutrition Section

  • 1999 -
    Sidney Kark Distinguished Teaching Award
    University of North Carolina


Dr. Morland's research focuses on the relationships that exist between the physical, social and built environments, and human health. She has received national recognition for her work developing methods to evaluate the relationship between the aspects of the built environment (the local food environment) and health behaviors and outcomes. As an environmental epidemiologist, Dr. Morland has a strong interest in applied public health research and develops studies to measure multi-level relationships between individual and environmental risk factors associated with health. In addition, she partners with community groups to develop community driven research. She has received awards for her research from the American Public Health Association and has also been distinguished for her teaching. Dr. Morland has served on the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network Committee and the East Harlem Community Health Committee. Dr. Morland has developed a number of research projects described below.

\r\n\r\nOganochlorines and Metals in New York and the Hudson: Urban Anglers Study\r\n

Funded by the Superfund Basic Science Program, this project aims to measure the association between known pollutants found in the Hudson River and New York/New Jersey Harbor and body burden of these contaminants among anglers fishing from these waters. Serum levels of mercury, PBDEs, PCBs, DDT, DDE, and other organochlorines were measured as well as fishing practices and fish intake.

\r\n\r\nRacial Disparities in Food Environments and Diet\r\n

Funded by the National Institute of Aging, this study aims to measure (a) the food environment in terms of access to fruits and vegetables and (b) the association between access to fruits and vegetables and reported intake among seniors in two racially/economically diverse Brooklyn, New York neighborhoods.

\r\n\r\nBuilding Food Justice in East New York\r\n

Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, this study is a community based research project addressing the environmental justice issue of food access in East New York, New York. An intervention of starting a food co-operative in East New York will be evaluated for its impact on diet, health and quality of life for the East New York Community.

\r\n\r\nCoarse Particles and Health in Eastern North Carolina\r\n

Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, this study aims to measure the pulmonary and cardiovascular health associated with exposure to coarse particles and endotoxins among Eastern North Carolina residents living near confined animal feed operations.


Morland KB, Wing S, Diez Roux A, Poole C. Neighborhood characteristics associated with the location of food stores and food service places. Am J Prev Med 2002 Jan; 22(1): 23-9.

Morland KB, Wing S, Diez Roux A. The contextual effect of the local food environment on residents' diets: the atherosclerosis risk in communities study. Am J Public Health 2002 Nov; 92(11): 1761-7.

Morland KB, Wing S, Diez Roux A, Poole C. Neighborhood characteristics associated with the location of food stores and food service places. In: La Veist , editor. Race, Ethnicity and Health. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass; 2002. pp448-62.

Morland KB, Landrigan PJ, Sjodin A, Gobeille AK, Jones RS, Mc Gahee EE, Needham LL, Patterson DG Jr. Body burdens of polybrominated diphenyl ethers among urban anglers. Environ Health Perspect 2005 Dec; 113(12): 1689-92.

Morland KB, Diez Roux AV, Wing S. Supermarkets, other food stores, and obesity the atherosclerosis risk in communities study. Am J Prev Med 2006 Apr; 30(4): 333-9.

Gobeille AK, Morland KB, Bopp RF, Godbold JH, Landrigan PJ. Body burdens of mercury in lower Hudson River area anglers. Environ Res 2006 Jun; 101(2): 205-212.

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Dr. Morland did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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