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I am chair of the department of city and regional planning at UNC Chapel Hill and hold the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy. I also serve as Associate Director of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety and Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Education and Development Center.

My work is at the intersection of planning and public health. Currently, I am studying how changes in transport technology and policy impact road safety and access to healthcare. My previous work has focused on how infrastructure such as schools, roads, and bike lanes impact road safety and physical activity especially for children and young adults.

I received my undergraduate degree from Harvard in engineering and chemistry and my PhD in city planning from UC Berkeley. Prior to becoming a professor, I worked as a consultant for Cambridge Systematics and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).

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