Frances E. Kuo, Director
 
 

 

 
   
 
 

About Us


History


Interdisciplinary approach


Members

Acknowledgements

Contact Us:

info-lhhl@uiuc.edu

Affiliates:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

                                                

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences                                          

A B O U T  U S

 

Landscape and Human Health History

In 1993, Frances Kuo founded the Human-Environment Research Laboratory (HERL) with William Sullivan to study the relationship between people and the physical environment. Andrea Faber Taylor, a past HERL graduate student and current post-doctoral scholar, became a co-director of HERL with Drs. Kuo and Sullivan in 2004. Dr. Kuo’s body of HERL research firmly established the importance of trees and greenspace to stronger, safer communities and robust concentration, self-control, and coping in individuals. In 2006, Frances Kuo founded the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory (LHHL) to focus on this relationship between human health and greenspace. She would like to thank past undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs who have worked with her in the former HERL.

     

The Old Vegetable Crops Building shown here in a ca. 1920 photo formerly housed the Human-Environment Research Lab and the Landscape and Human Health Lab.

 

Interdisciplinary approach

The Human Health and Landscape Laboratory is committed to using an interdisciplinary approach. Scientific questions do not fall neatly in the realm of a single discipline, and the solutions to the problems explored at the Human Health and Landscape Laboratory must satisfy the constraints of both human nature and the physical environment. As a result, we attempt to involve researchers from different disciplines in every research project. Dr. Kuo has advanced degrees in both cognitive and environmental psychology. Dr Faber Taylor’s academic background includes both study of horticulture and children’s behavior and environments. Future collaborations will include faculty in the departments of both kinesiology and leisure studies, as well as forestry practitioners.

 

Members

Director:
Frances (Ming) Kuo - Associate Professor

Current members:
Andrea Faber Taylor - Child Environment and Behavior Researcher

Natalie Henry - Lab Assistant - psychology

Ada Morgan - Lab Assistant - geology

Gehad Taha- Lab Assistant- biology

Xinlin Yu - Statistician

 

Acknowledgements

Frances Kuo and Andrea Faber Taylor would like to thank past undergraduate students, graduate students, and others who have worked with them in the Landscape and Human Health Lab and the former "Human Environment Research Lab.”

Graduate Students:
Malen Bacaicoa - landscape architecture

Vishal Bhargava - urban planning

Emma Bruehlman - Senecal - natural resources and environmental science

Liesette Brunson - psychology
Frances Canonizado - natural resources and environmental science

Steve DePooter - landscape architecture

Hongxia Fan - human resources and industrial relations
Rebecca Hall - natural resources and environmental science
Byoung-Suk Kweon - natural resources and environmental science
Pamela Leiter - natural resources and environmental science

Xing Liang - natural resources and environmental science

Irene Miles - natural resources and environmental science

Sara Lily Ann Miller - natural resources and environmental science

Mona Prabhu - landscape architecture

Amy Ritter - natural resources and environmental science
Cory Rolfe - natural resources and environmental science
Barbara Schleicher - landscape architecture
Ann Schlosser - psychology

Xiaoying Wu - educational psychology

Undergraduates:

Joshua Birky - natural resources and environmental science
Christina Carr – psychology

Meghan Campbell - psychology

Todd Crummy - psychology
Catherine Do - psychology
Aaron Geise - psychology and molecular and cellular biology

Lindsey Hammond - psychology

Bryce Harrop - mathematics

Brad Jelinek - molecular and cellular biology and psychology

Danielle Keen - english and spanish

Nakeita Lawson - communication

Jennifer Morthland - social work
Rebekah Morvay - natural resources and environmental science

John Potter – psychology
Ellen Steele - psychology

Christian Taylor - animal science

Libby Vassmer - political science

Olivia Walker - media studies

Serena Wang - molecular and cellular biology and psychology
Douglas Williams - natural resources and environmental science
Hamsi Yedavalli - psychology

Julie Zielinski - architectural studies
Janet Zoch – psychology

Others:
Rebekah Levine Coley - post-doctoral researcher/field station supervisor
Esther Davis - field station site supervisor
George Davis - field station site supervisor

Johanna Weber - research specialist
Angela R. Wiley - visiting assistant professor