Shannon Sweeney

Shannon Sweeney


Dissertation Topic/Title: The Built Environment, Physical Activity and Parent and Child Perceptions


Dissertation Advisor: Joel Cantor, Sc.D.


Previous Degrees: M.P.H. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Dartmouth College, 2009; B.A. Colgate University 2007, Geography and Geology


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Research Interest

Broadly, I’m interested in how the built environment influences physical activity, particularly in children. For my dissertation, I plan to examine the extent to which perceptions of the built environment in children and their parents impact decisions to engage in active transit en route to and from school. My proposal employs a mixed methods design by both examining survey data and performing in depth in-person interviews. I became interested in this through my studies in geography and public health and thought Bloustein was the perfect place to combine my interests. Moreover, with Rutgers Center for State Health Policy’s New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study underway and the availability of resources and expertise from Voorhees Transportation Center, I knew I would have opportunities to delve deeper into this research area.


Teaching and TA Experience:

  • Critical Issues in Health & Healthcare, Graduate students, The Dartmouth Institute, Summer 2009
  • Environmental and Occupational Health, Graduate students, The Dartmouth Institute, Fall 2009
  • Strategic and Financial Management of Healthcare, Graduate students, The Dartmouth Institute, Winter 2010
  • Principles of Public Health, Undergraduates, Rutgers University, Fall 2010-present