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

U.S.A. Today
Just being a pedestrian is far more dangerous for Black and Hispanic Americans as compared to white Americans, a recent study found.
Insider
In 2019, a team of researchers in Las Vegas set out to show that drivers can be less likely to stop their cars for someone crossing the street in front of them depending on the pedestrian's skin color or gender. They ran a simple test - they sent a white woman, a white man, a Black woman, and a Black man to cross residential streets in suburban Las Vegas, where the speed limit was 35. They took note of which cars hit the brakes and which ones sped on by.
Las Vegas Review Journal
As one in 10 of Nevada’s seniors face food insecurity, two leading food banks in the state are trading tips on how to help their community.
Mail & Guardian: Thought Leader
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.

Articles Featuring Courtney Coughenour

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.