Health | Economics Research Group


Affliliated researchers conduct economic, geospatial, and policy evaluations related to health outcomes and behaviors. Current interests include:
  • behavioral economics and health behavior
  • health and food insecurity
  • peer effects in health behaviors
  • neighborhoods and health


Shuval, K., Leonard, T., Drope, J., Katz, D.L., Patel, P., Shepard, M.M., Amir, O., Grinstein, A. (In Press) Physical Activity Counseling in Primary Care: Insights from Public Health & Behavioral Economics. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Leonard, T., Ayers, C., Das, S., Neeland, I., Powell-Wiley, T.M. 2017. Do Neighborhoods Matter Differently for Movers and Non-Movers?: Analysis of Weight Gain in the Longitudinal Dallas Heart Study. Health & Place. 44: 52-60.

Leonard, T., Hughes, A.E., Pruitt, S.L. 2017. Understanding how low-socioeconomic status households cope with health shocks: An analysis of multi-sector linked data. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 669(1): 125-145.

De Oliveira A, Leonard T., Shuval K, Sugg-Skinner C, Eckel C, Murdoch JC. 2016. Economic Preferences and Obesity among a Low-Income African American Community. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 131: 196-208.

Berrigan, D., A. Hipp, P.M. Hurvitz, P. James, M. Jankowska, J. Kerr, F. Laden, T. Leonard, R. McKinnon, T.M. Powell-Wiley, E. Tarlov, S.N. Zenk. (2015). Geospatial and Contextual Approaches to Energy Balance and Health. Annals of GIS. 21(2): 157-168.

Shuval, Kerem, T. Leonard, B.T. Nguyen, T.H. Ngo, A. L. Yaroch. 2015. Behavioral Economics and Fruit and Vegetable Intake: The Fair Park Study. Health Behavior & Policy Review. 2(2): 92-99.

Powell-Wiley, T., R. Cooper-McCann, C. Ayers, D. Berrigan, M. Lian, M. McClurkin, R. Ballard-Barbash, S. Das, C. Hoehner, T. Leonard. 2015. Change in Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Weight Gain: Dallas Heart Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 49(1): 72-79.

Shuval, K., Si, X, Nguyen, B., Leonard, T. 2015. Utilizing Behavioral Economics to Understand Adherence to Physical Activity Guidelines among a Low-Income Urban Community. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 12: 947-953.

Leonard, T., C. McKillop, J. Carson, K. Shuval. 2014. Neighborhood Effects on Food Consumption. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 51, 99-113

Powell-Wiley, T.M., C. Ayers, P. Agyemang, T. Leonard, D. Berrigan, R.B. Barbash, M.Lian, S.R. Das , Hoehner, C.M. 2014. Neighborhood-Level Socioeconomic Deprivation Predicts Weight Gain in a Multi-Ethnic Population: Longitudinal Data from the Dallas Heart Study. Preventive Medicine. 66:22-27.

Pruitt, S.L., Leonard, T., Zhang, S., Schootman, M., Halm, E.A., Gupta, S. 2014. Physicians, Clinics, and Neighborhoods: Multiple Levels of Influence on Colorectal Cancer Screening. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 23(7): 1346-1355.

Shuval, K., Hebert, E., Siddiqi, Z., Leonard, T., Craddock, S., Tiro, J., McAllister, K, Skinner, C.S. 2013. Impediments and Facilitators to Physical Activity and Perceptions of Sedentary Behavior among Urban Community Residents: The Fair Park Study. Preventing Chronic Disease. 10.

Shuval, K., Gabriel, K., Leonard, T. 2013. TV Viewing and BMI by Race/Ethnicity and Socio-Economic Status. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63579. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063579

Leonard, T., K. Shuval, A. De Oliveira, C. Skinner, C. Eckel, J. Murdoch. 2013. Health Behavior and Behavioral Economics: Economic Preferences and Physical Activity Stages of Change in a Low-Income African American Community. American Journal Of Health Promotion, 27:4, 211-221.

Shuval, K., Leonard, T., Skinner, C., Caughy, M., Kohl, H., Murdoch, J. 2013. Sedentary Behaviors And Obesity Among A Low Income, Ethnic Minority Population. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 10:1, 132-136.

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