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Superfund Research Program

Community Engagement Core

Project Leader: Galen Newman
Co-Investigator: Jennifer A. Horney (University of Delaware)
Grant Number: P42ES027704
Funding Period: 2017-2022

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  • Bhandari S, Casillas GA, Aly NA, Zhu R, Newman G, Wright FA, Miller A, Adler G, Rusyn I, Chiu WA. 2022. Spatial and temporal analysis of impacts of Hurricane Florence on criteria air pollutants and air toxics in eastern North Carolina. Int J Environ Res Public Health 19(3):doi:10.3390/ijerph19031757 PMID:35162780 PMCID:PMC8835244
  • Kirsch KR, McDonald TJ, Newman G, Xu X, Horney JA. 2022. Surveys of community garden affiliates and soils in Houston, Texas. Environ Monit Assess 194:330. doi:10.1007/s10661-022-09997-4 PMID:35384492
  • Lee J, Newman G. 2022. Predicting detached housing vacancy: A multilevel analysis. Sustainability 14(2):922. doi:10.3390/su14020922
  • Newman G, Li D, Park Y. 2022. The relationships between neighbourhood vacancy, probable PTSD, and health-related quality of life in flood-disaster-impacted communities. Urban Stud doi:10.1177/00420980221083101
  • Newman G, Sansom G, Yu S, Kirsch KR, Li D, Kim Y, Horney JA, Kim G, Musharrat S. 2022. A framework for evaluating the effects of green infrastructure in mitigating pollutant transferal and flood events in Sunnyside, Houston, TX. Sustainability 14(7):4247. doi:10.3390/su14074247
  • Sansom G, Fawkes L, Thompson C, Losa LM, McDonald TJ, Chiu WA. 2022. Cancer risk associated with soil distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons within three environmental justice neighborhoods in Houston, Texas. Environ Geochem Health doi:10.1007/s10653-022-01245-5 PMID:35246781
  • Sansom G, Thompson C, Sansom L, Fawkes L, Boerlin E. 2022. Compounding impacts of hazard exposures on mental health in Houston, TX. Nat Hazards Rev 111:2809-2818. doi:10.1007/s11069-021-05158-x
  • Sarnosky K, Benden M, Sansom G, Cizmas LH, Regan A. 2022. Impact of workplace displacement during a natural disaster on computer performance metrics: A 2-year interrupted time series analysis. WORK 71(2):465-470. doi:10.3233/WOR-210707 PMID:35095008 PMCID:PMC8925109
  • Song Y, Newman G, Huang X, Ye X. 2022. Factors influencing long-term city park visitations for mid-sized US cities: A big data study using smartphone user mobility. Sustain Cities Soc 80:103815. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2022.103815
  • Stone KW, Felkner M, Garza E, Perez-Patron M, Schmit C, McDonald TJ, Horney JA. 2022. Changes to timeliness and completeness of infectious disease reporting in Texas after implementation of an epidemiologic capacity program. Public Health Rep 137:679-686. doi:10.1177/00333549211009490 PMID:33930278 PMCID:PMC9257493


  • Atoba K, Newman G, Brody SD, Highfield WE, Kim Y, Juan A. 2021. Buy them out before they are built: evaluating the proactive acquisition of vacant land in flood-prone areas. Environ Conserv 48(2):doi:10.1017/s0376892921000059 PMID:34887609 PMCID:PMC8653987
  • Camargo K, Vogelbein MA, Horney JA, Dellapenna TM, Knap A, Sericano JL, Wade TL, McDonald TJ, Chiu WA, Unger M. 2021. Biosensor applications in contaminated estuaries: Implications for disaster research response. Environ Res 204:111893. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2021.111893 PMID:34419473 PMCID:PMC8639622
  • Casillas GA, Johnson N, Chiu WA, Ramirez J, McDonald TJ, Horney JA. 2021. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Houston parks after Hurricane Harvey. Environ Justice 14(4):277-287. doi:10.1089/env.2020.0073 PMID:34484557 PMCID:PMC8404169
  • Fawkes L, Sansom G. 2021. Preliminary study of lead-contaminated drinking water in public parks- an assessment of equity and exposure risks in two Texas communities. Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(12):6443. doi:10.3390/ijerph18126443 PMID:34198670 PMCID:PMC8296270
  • Gloeckner PB, Campbell-Salome GM, Waag BE, Horney JA, Rauscher EA. 2021. Resident perspectives of environmental health risk exposures after Hurricane Harvey. J Environ Stud Sci doi:10.1007/s13412-021-00674-5
  • Li D, Newman G, Wilson B, Zhang Y, Brown RD. 2021. Modeling the relationships between historical redlining, urban heat, and heat-related emergency department visits: An examination of 11 Texas cities. Environ Plan B Urban Anal City Sci 20:doi:10.1177/23998083211039854
  • Li D, Newman G, Zhang T, Zhu R, Horney JA. 2021. Coping with post-hurricane mental distress: The role of neighborhood green space. Soc Sci Med 281:114084. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114084 PMID:34107388
  • Newman G, Cai Z, Zhu R, Horney JA, Jang S, Chiu WA. 2021. Gauging the effects of potential chemical transferal on high flood-risk fenceline communities. JEIL 6(2):doi:10.3808/jeil.202100073
  • Newman G, Lee R, Qu A, Pu C. 2021. Design for the depopulating landscape: A retrofit approach to urban regeneration in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. Landsc Archit Front 8(6):
  • Newman G, Malecha M, Atoba K. 2021. Integrating ToxPi outputs with ArcGIS Dashboards to identify neighborhood threat levels of contaminant transferal during flood events. J of Spa Sci 13:doi:10.1080/14498596.2021.1891149
  • Perez MJ, Crist JD, Kirsch KR, Salter PS, Horney JA. 2021. When apologies become meaningful: Perceptions of apologies in environmental justice communities. J Environ Psychol 77:
  • Prybutok S, Newman G, Atoba K, Sansom G, Tao Z. 2021. Combining co$ting nature and suitability modeling to identify high flood risk areas in need of nature-based services. Land 10(8):853. doi:10.3390/land10080853 PMID:34532079 PMCID:PMC8443209
  • Sansom G, Hannibal B. 2021. Disparate access to nutritional food; place, race and equity in the United States. BMC Nutr 7(1):29. doi:10.1186/s40795-021-00434-2 PMID:34183071 PMCID:PMC8240216
  • Sansom G, Kirsch KR, Casillas GA, Camargo K, Wade TL, Knap A, Baker ES, Horney JA. 2021. Spatial distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon contaminants after Hurricane Harvey in a Houston neighborhood. J Health Pollut 11(29):doi:10.5696/2156-9614-11.29.210308 PMID:33815906 PMCID:PMC8009646
  • Sarnosky K, Benden M, Cizmas LH, Regan A, Sansom G. 2021. Remote work and the environment: Exploratory analysis of indoor air quality of commercial offices and the home office. Res Sq doi:10.21203/ (ahead of print)
  • Shao H, Kim G, Li Q, Newman G. 2021. Web of Science-based green infrastructure: A bibliometric analysis in CiteSpace. Land 10(7):711. doi:10.3390/land10070711 PMID:34413981 PMCID:PMC8373208
  • Sohn W, Bae J, Newman G. 2021. Green infrastructure for coastal flood protection: The longitudinal impacts of green infrastructure patterns on flood damage. Appl. Geogr 135:doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2021.102565 PMID:34621098 PMCID:PMC8492007
  • Stone KW, Felkner M, Garza E, Perez-Patron M, Schmit C, McDonald TJ, Horney JA. 2021. Epidemiology surveillance and capacity improvement: A characterization of Texas, 2017. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 1-8. doi:10.1017/dmp.2020.471 PMID:33726884 (ahead of print)
  • Woodruff S, Bowman AO, Hannibal B, Sansom G, Portney K. 2021. Urban resilience: Analyzing the policies of U.S. cities. Cities 115:doi:10.1016/j.cities.2021.103239 PMID:34803206 PMCID:PMC8605798
  • Woodruff S, Tran T, Lee J, Wilkins C, Newman G, Ndubisi F, Van Zandt S. 2021. Green infrastructure in comprehensive plans in coastal Texas. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management doi:10.1080/09640568.2020.1835618
  • Zhu R, Newman G. 2021. The projected impacts of smart decline on urban runoff contamination levels. Computational Urban Science doi:10.1007/s43762-021-00002-1 PMID:34888588 PMCID:PMC8653986


  • Aly NA, Luo Y, Liu Y, Casillas GA, McDonald TJ, Kaihatu JM, Jun M, Ellis N, Gossett S, Dodds J, Baker ES, Bhandari S, Chiu WA, Rusyn I. 2020. Temporal and spatial analysis of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances in surface waters of Houston ship channel following a large-scale industrial fire incident. Environ Pollut 265:115009. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115009 PMID:32574947 PMCID:PMC7857671
  • Horney JA, Dwyer C, Vendrell-Velez B, Newman G. 2020. Validating a comprehensive plan scoring system for health community design in League City, Texas. In: Urban Design and Human Flourishing: Creating Places that Enable People to Live Health and Fulfilling Lives. Taylor and Francis Books, (in press)
  • Horney JA, Dwyer C, Vendrell-Velez B, Newman G. 2020. Validating a comprehensive plan scoring system for healthy community design in League City, Texas. J Urban Des 25:2013-217. doi:10.1080/13574809.2019.1572453 PMID:32132860 PMCID:PMC7055687
  • Horney JA, Stone KL, Karaye I, Rauscher EA. 2020. Resident perceptions of environmental pollution in recreational areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. J Environ Health 83:8-16.
  • Kim G, Newman G, Jiang B. 2020. Urban regeneration: Community engagement process for vacant land in declining cities. Cities 102:12. doi:10.1016/j.cities.2020.102730
  • Kim Y, Newman G. 2020. Advancing scenario planning through integrating urban growth prediction with future flood risk model. Comput Environ Urban Syst 82:14. doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2020.101498 PMID:32431469 PMCID:PMC7236661
  • Kim Y, Newman G, Guneralp B. 2020. A review of driving factors, scenarios, and topics in urban land change models. Land 9(8):246. doi:10.3390/land9080246
  • Malecha M, Kirsch KR, Karaye I, Horney JA, Newman G. 2020. Advancing the toxics mobility inventory: Development and application of a toxics mobility vulnerability index to Harris County, Texas. Sustainability 13(6):282-291. doi:10.1089/sus.2020.0067
  • Newman G, Kim Y, Joshi K, Liu J. 2020. Integrating prediction and performance models into scenario-based resilient community design. JoDLA 5:510-520. doi:10.14627/537690052 PMID:32856026 PMCID:PMC7448720
  • Newman G, Kim Y, Kim G, Lee R, Gu D, Forghanparast K, Goldberg D. 2020. A python script for longitudinally measuring the duration of vacant land uses. J of Spa Sci 13:doi:10.1080/14498596.2020.1721344
  • Newman G, Shi T, Yao Z, Li D, Sansom G, Kirsch KR, Casillas GA, Horney JA. 2020. Citizen science-informed community master planning: land use and built environment changes to increase flood resilience and decrease contaminant exposure. Int J Environ Res Public Health 17:doi:10.3390/ijerph17020486 PMID:31940904
  • Noh Y, Newman G, Lee R. 2020. Urban decline and residential preference: The effect of vacant lots on housing premiums. Environ Plan B Urban Anal City Sci doi:10.1177/2399808320933906
  • Sansom G, Aarvig K, Sansom L, Thompson C, Fawkes L, Katare A. 2020. Understanding risk communication and willingness to follow emergency recommendations following anthropogenic disasters. Environ Justice 14:2. doi:10.1089/env.2020.0050
  • Sansom G, Kirsch KR, Horney JA. 2020. Using the 12-item short form health survey (SF-12) to assess self rated health of an engaged population impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Houston, TX. BMC Public Health 20:doi:10.1186/s12889-020-8349-x PMID:32075614 PMCID:PMC7031970
  • Van Zandt S, Masterson J, Newman G, Meyer M. 2020. Engaged Research for Community Resilience to Climate Change. Elsevier, Cambridge, MA.
  • Zhu R, Tao Z, Newman G. 2020. Growth and shrinkage pre and post tsunami in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Landsc Res Rec




  • Kim J, Newman G, Feng H, Merrill J, Park J, Bian J. 2017. Sustainable urbanism for a metropolitan corridor: An evidence-based urban design for Park 10 in Houston, Texas. Landsc Archit Front 5(5):96-109. doi:10.15302/j-laf-20170510 PMID:30386665 PMCID:PMC6207208
  • Meyer M, Hendricks M, Newman G, Horney JA, Berke P, Masterson J, Sansom G, Cousins T, Van Zandt S, Cooper JT. 2017. Urban environmental resiliency: Using participatory methods for hazard adaptation and climate justice in socially vulnerable communities. Int J Disaster Resil Built Environ 9(4):(in press)
  • Reja MY, Brody SD, Highfield WE, Newman G. 2017. Hurricane recovery and ecological resilience: measuring the impacts of wetland alteration post Hurricane Ike on the upper TX coast. Environ Manage 60:1116-1126. doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0943-z PMID:28939984
  • Reja MY, Brody SD, Highfield WE, Newman G. 2017. Understanding the notion between resiliency and recovery through a spatial-temporal analysis of Section 404 wetland alteration permits before and after Hurricane Ike. World Acad Sci Eng Technol 11(4):372-379. PMID:30319740 PMCID:PMC6178950
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