Jacqueline Curtis, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Population and Cancer Prevention Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Faculty Affiliate
Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health
School of Medicine

Dr. Jacqueline Curtis is a spatial epidemiologist with expertise in environment-health relationships. She has pioneered techniques that are now widely adopted for improved data collection of the built and social environments, specifically using human local knowledge and perception of these spaces. Currently, Dr. Curtis is focused on using spatial epidemiology to advance clinical interventions for improved patient-centered care across a variety of conditions experienced by socially vulnerable populations and those marked by stigma which impact the health of girls and women. In her research, teaching, and service, she is passionate in promoting the strengths and improving the health of neurodiverse people (e.g., ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, etc.). 

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

Spatial epidemiology, mapping local knowledge, environment-health relationships

Courses Taught

MPH 426/PQHS 426: An Introduction to GIS for Health & Social Sciences
Design and Measurement in Population Health Sciences

Research Information

Research Interests

Spatial epidemiology, mapping local knowledge, environment-health relationships.

Professional Memberships

Association of American Geographers
Cartography and Geographic Information Science Society
American Public Health Association
International Dyslexia Association
Society of Gynecologic Oncology


Find Dr. Curtis' publications here

Editorial roles:

  • Cartography and Geographic Information Science, editorial board
  • Cartography and Geographic Information Science and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, guest editor
  • Occasional review responsibilities for over 30 journals covering Geographic Information Science (GISc), health, and environment, including American Journal of Public Health, Health and Place, and International Journal of Health Geographics


Louisiana State University

Additional Information

Contributions to science:

  • Development of data collection and spatial analysis methods to identify the processes that create health risks for marginalized populations in their communities
  • Enhancement of geospatial approaches to document and analyze the knowledge and perceptions of these groups so their insights can be examined as valuable and authoritative data on Social Determinants of Health necessary to inform interventions
  • Dissemination approaches for geospatial scientific data in forms that are accessible and relevant to educate the public and decision-makers on risks and assets in their communities