Frances E. Kuo, Director



Past Research

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ADHD Symptoms in Kids Across the U.S.

Inner City Girls & Self-discipline

Coping in the Inner City

Inner City Crime

Domestic Violence in the Inner City

Building Strong Inner City Communities


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Scientific Articles

Selected recent research on the health benefits of contact with greenscapes from other labs.


de Vries, S., Verheij, R.A., Groenewegen, P.P., Spreeuwenberg, P. (2003). Natural environments—healthy environments? An exploratory analysis of the relationship between greenspace and health.  Environment and Planning, A35, 1717-1731.

Hu, Z., Liebens, J., Ranga, K.R. (2008). Linking stroke mortality with air pollution, income, and greenness in northwest Florida: An ecological geographical study. International Journal of Health Geographics, 7, Article number 20.

Kaplan, R.  (2001).  The nature of the view from home—psychological benefits. Environment and Behavior, 33, 507-542.

Maas, J., Verheij, R.A., Groenewegen, P.P., de Vries, S., Spreeuwenberg, P. (2006). Green space, urbanity, and health: How strong is the relation? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 60, 587-592.

Mitchell, R., & Popham, F. (2008). Effect of exposure to natural environment on health inequalities: An observational population study. Lancet, 9650, 1655-1660.

Mitchell, R., & Popham, F. (2007). Greenspace, urbanity and health: Relationships in England. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 61, 681-683.

Ottosson, J., Grahn, P.A. (2005).  Comparison of leisure time spent in a garden with leisure time spent indoors on measures of restoration in residents in geriatric care. Landscape Research, 30, 23-55.

Sugiyama, T., Leslie, E., Giles-Corti, B., Owen, N. (2008). Associations of neighbourhood greenness with physical and mental health: do walking, social coherence and local social interaction explain the relationships? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62, e9.

Takano, T., Nakamura K., Watanabe M. (2002).  Urban residential environments and senior citizens’ longevity in megacity areas:  the importance of walkable green spaces.  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 56, 913-918.
Ulrich, R.S., Simons, R.F., Miles, M.A. (2003).  Effects of environmental simulations and television on blood donor stress.  Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 20, 38-47.
Wells, N.M.  (2000). At home with nature - Effects of "greenness” on children's cognitive functioning.  Environment and Behavior, 32, 775-795.
Wells, N.M., Evans, G.W.  (2003).  Nearby nature – A buffer of life stress among rural children. Environment and Behavior, 35, 311-330.