Courtney Coughenour

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

Biography

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.

Education

  • 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

Mail & Guardian: Thought Leader
December 16, 2020
Some call it sauce. Others call it “that thing”. Call it what you like but South Africans have it in bucketloads. It is that je ne sais quoi to take even the crudest of behaviours to new levels.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 4, 2020
There are now at least four dollar stores within a 5-mile radius of my home in Johns Creek.
Saintifia
July 16, 2020
Not all drivers stop once they see a pedestrian waiting to cross: Of the 461 cars examined by researchers, only 28 percent succumbed. One factor such as car prices is a significant predictor of whether drivers will budge, with the possibility of stopping being reduced by 3 percent per $ 1,000 increase in car prices. The researchers estimate the price of each car using the price category of the Kelley Blue Book.
Forbes
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.

Articles Featuring Courtney Coughenour

Professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab at UNLV
Research | December 29, 2020
A yearlong collection of UNLV faculty making the news for their discoveries and contributions to the community.
Campus News | September 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
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 News | March 5, 2020
A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.
image of person crossing street at crosswalk
Research | February 26, 2020
New UNLV study finds that drivers of flashy cars are less likely to yield for pedestrians.