Courtney Coughenour

Assistant Professor, School of Community Health Sciences
Expertise: Public Health, Community Design, Health Behaviors, Physical Activity


Courtney Coughenour is an expert on public health.

Her research focuses on health and place, specifically the influence of community design on health behaviors. She also explores the role that both health and non-health policies may have on public health, which includes the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). Some of her research has focused on opportunities for physical activity — including neighborhood walkability and bikeability, pedestrian safety, food access and community food environments, food waste and food rescue, and health equity issues related to community design.

Coughenour's work has been featured in multiple outlets, including The Washington Post, NPR, The International Business Times, and the New York Post.


  • B.S., Behavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, UNLV
  • Ph.D., Public Health, UNLV

Courtney Coughenour In The News

May 28, 2020
Business is booming at the nation’s largest dollar-store chain and it’s due in no small part to America’s growing appetite for groceries under shutdown.
April 27, 2020
Twin Cities residents are not driving as much as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but they are walking and biking a lot more.
Sci Tech Daily
March 7, 2020
Drivers of expensive cars are less likely to yield for pedestrians in UNLV study. Researchers also found that motorists overall yielded less frequently for men and non-whites.
March 5, 2020
Nevada study finds that every thousand bucks of added value decreases the odds of yielding to pedestrians by three percent.

Articles Featuring Courtney Coughenour

Representatives from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wrap UNLV Marta Meana in a blanket as part of the tribe's gift announcement to the university.
Campus NewsMarch 5, 2020
A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.
image of person crossing street at crosswalk
ResearchFebruary 26, 2020
New UNLV study finds that drivers of flashy cars are less likely to yield for pedestrians.
unlv professor arya udry looks at a meteorite that she's holding up to the light
ResearchDecember 26, 2019
A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.
TJ Otzelberger at podium during news conference
Campus NewsApril 15, 2019
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who've made news thus far in 2019.