Amber L. Pearson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences. Dr. Pearson is also co-Director of the Space, Health and Community (SHAC) Lab. Her research focuses on aspects of the neighborhood built, physical and social environment that may bolster opportunities for a healthy life and cancer prevention, often in the face of socioeconomic adversity.

Dr. Pearson completed her Ph.D. in Geography and M.P.H. in Global Health at the University of Washington. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. Pearson then worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Otago, and she now holds an Adjunct Fellow appointment in the University of Otago’s Department of Public Health.


The SHAC Lab leverages geospatial analytical methods to explore how where we live, work and play influences health, health-related behaviors and opportunities. The Lab’s cancer prevention research includes estimation of effects of unhealthy food advertising bans, tobacco outlet reductions, and Detroit park renovations to promote physical activity and reduce cancer risks.

Amber Pearson

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