Katie Dickinson


Katie Dickinson

Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
1333 Grandview Avenue
Campus Box 488
Boulder, CO 80309-0488

Tel: 303-735-0451
Fax: 303-735-1576

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Dickinson is a Research Scientist in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and a Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  An environmental economist by training, her interdisciplinary research examines human behaviors and decision making in the face of environmental and health risks.  She is particularly interested in the role of social interactions and social networks in shaping risk perceptions and behaviors.  Current and past projects include:

  • Examining demand for improved cookstoves in Ghana
    • Research on Emissions, Air quality, Climate, and Cooking Technologies in Northern Ghana (REACCTING)
    • Prices, Peers, and Perceptions (P3): Improved Cookstove Research in Northern Ghana
  • Playing with Fire: Assessing the effects of risk interdependency and social norms on homeowners’ wildfire mitigation decisions using choice experiments
  • Measuring willingness to pay for mosquito control in Madison, WI
  • Evaluating a sanitation promotion campaign in Orissa, India
  • Examining households’ malaria-related behaviors in Tanzania

Katie received BS and MS degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2008.  She was a RWJ Health and Society scholar at the University of Wisconsin from 2008 to 2010.

Recent Publications

Wiedinmyer, C., K. Dickinson, R. Piedrahita, E. Kanyomse, E. Coffey, M. Hannigan, R. Alirigia, and A. Oduro. 2017. Rural–Urban Differences in Cooking Practices and Exposures in Northern Ghana. Environmental Research Letters 12 (6) , doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7036.

Dickinson, K. L., A. J. Monaghan, I. J. Rivera, L. Hu, E. Kanyomse, R. Alirigia, J. Adoctor, R. E. Kaspar, A. R. Oduro, and C. Wiedinmyer, 2016. Changing weather and climate in Northern Ghana: Comparison of local perceptions with meteorological and land cover data. Regional Environmental Change 1-14, doi: 10.1007/s10113-016-1082-4.

Piedrahita, R., K.L. Dickinson, E. Kanyomse, E. Coffey, R. Alirigia, Y. Hagar, I. Rivera, A. Oduro, V. Dukic, C. Wiedinmyer, and M. Hannigan, 2016. Assessment of Cookstove Stacking in Northern Ghana Using Surveys and Stove Use Monitors. Energy for Sustainable Development 34 67-76, doi: 10.1016/j.esd.2016.07.007.

Dickinson, K. L., M. H. Hayden, S.Haenchen, A. J. Monaghan, K. R. Walker, and K. C. Ernst, 2016. Willingness to Pay for Mosquito Control in Key West, Florida and Tucson, Arizona. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 94 (4) 775-779, doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0666, February 22.

Dickinson, K., H. Brenkert-Smith, P. Champ, and N. Flores, 2015. Catching Fire? Social Interactions, Beliefs, and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Behaviors. Society & Natural Resources , doi: 10.1080/08941920.2015.1037034, July 1.

Dickinson, K.L., E. Kanyomse, R. Piedrahita, E.Coffey, I.J. Rivera, J. Adoctor, R. Alirigia, D. Muvandimwe, M. Dove, V. Dukic, M.H. Hayden, D. Diaz-Sanchez, A.V. Abisiba, D. Anaseba, Y. Hagar, N. Masson, A. Monaghan, A. Titiati, D.F. Steinhoff, Y. Hsu, R. Kaspar, B. Brooks, A. Hodgson, M. Hannigan, A.R. Oduro, and C. Wiedinmyer, 2015. Research on Emissions, Air quality, Climate, and Cooking Technologies in Northern Ghana (REACCTING): Study rationale and protocol. BMC Public Health 15 , doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1414-1, February 12.

Dickinson, K.L., S.P. Pattanayak, J.-C. Yang, S.R. Patil, and C. Poulos, 2015. Nature’s Call: Health and welfare impacts of sanitation choices in Orissa, India. Economic Development and Cultural Change 64 (1) 1-29, doi: 10.1086/682958, October.

Ernst, K., S. Haenchen, K. L. Dickinson, M. Doyle, K. Walker, and M. Hayden, 2015. Community awareness and support of the controversial release of OX513A Ae. aegypti in Key West, FL. Emerging Infectious Diseases 21 (2) 320-324, doi: 10.3201/eid2102.141035, February.

Hayden, M.H., J.L. Cavanaugh, C. Tittel, M. Butterworth, S. Haenchen, K. L. Dickinson, A. Monaghan, and K. Ernst, 2015. Post Outbreak Review: Dengue Preparedness and Response in Key West, Florida. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 93 (2) 397-400, doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0128.

Paul, C., R, Kramer, A. Lesser, C. Mutero, M.L. Miranda, and K.L. Dickinson, 2015. Identifying barriers in the malaria control policymaking process in East Africa: Insights from stakeholders and a structured literature review. BMC Public Health 15 1-8, doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2183-6, September 4.