Katie Dickinson


Katie Dickinson

Colorado School of Public Health
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

13001 E 17th Pl.
Campus Box B199
Aurora, CO 80045


Dr. Katherine (Katie) Dickinson is an Assistant Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, located on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. 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
  • Mosquito control in Texas: Social feasibility and economic cost-benefit analysis
  • Oil and gas in Colorado: Community risk perceptions
  • 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 did her postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society scholar at the University of Wisconsin from 2008 to 2010, and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) from 2010 to 2013.  Before joining EOH, Katie spent four years as a Research Scientist / Project Scientist with joint positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and CU Boulder (CSTPR).