Louisa Holmes

Assistant Professor
Pennsylvania State University
Email: lmholmes@psu.edu
Phone: 814-865-3433

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Environmental Health, Health Geography, Health Disparities, Survey Research, Geospatial Analysis, Demography, Social Statistics, Sustainability

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Biographical Sketch

Louisa Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Demography. She is a health geographer and demographer with particular expertise in environmental and urban health, geospatial and quantitative methods, including representative survey research among hard to reach populations, spatial data collection and local area analysis.


  • 2013-2016 – NCI/NIMHD Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Francisco, Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education (CTCRE) & Department of Medicine
  • 2013 – Ph.D. Geography, University of Southern California
  • 2008 – Ph.D. candidate, UMASS Boston Public Policy
  • 1999 – BA in Political Science, BA in English, Seattle University

Other Research

Dr. Holmes has designed, managed and implemented five probabilistic household surveys of health (including biological data collection) with hard-to-reach populations, i.e. Latino immigrants and urban young adults. She has further consulted on additional surveys, regarding Latino health, migrant farmworkers, and predatory publishing among pharmacy faculty and students (currently ongoing). She was a Co-investigator on three major grants funded by NCI and NIMHD for which she designed and implemented a multi-mode probabilistic household survey of young adult tobacco use in the San Francisco Bay Area combined with neighborhood-level and tobacco retail outlet data collection using spatial video data techniques and on-the-ground audits. She was recently funded by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to conduct a follow up of the young adult survey and collect additional neighborhood- and retail-level data, creating the first panel survey data set of its kind. She was also the Co-Principal Investigator on a project funded by NCI’s State and Community Tobacco Control Initiative to conduct an ecological momentary assessment study of young adults and their tobacco use behavior over 30 days. Dr. Holmes is currently supervising a research project, working in collaboration with Streetwyze, to collect neighborhood, tobacco retail and situational participant information from tobacco users in the Bay Area, including in-depth interviews using digital mental maps. She was also recently funded as PI, working in collaboration with the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition, to interrogate socio-spatial disparities in homeless services and outcomes.

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