Owusua Yamoah, PhD, MA

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health
School of Medicine

Owusua is a post-doctoral scholar at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Owusua holds a PhD in Spatially Integrated Social Sciences from the University of Toledo. She obtained her Master’s degree in Urban Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.  Her dissertation project focused on modeling the relationship between the Great Recession (2007-2008) and inter-county migration in the United States using spatial dynamic model (SDM).

Prior to joining the Swetland Center, Owusua worked as the IRB Compliance Analyst Assistant at the University of Toledo. She has also been involved in research projects that involved interaction with community partners/stakeholders both in the United States and Ghana. She adopts mixed methods including geospatial science/technologies in exploring community challenges and enhancing community engagement.

At the Swetland Center, Owusua will contribute to a team science approach through regular interaction with investigators, community partners, and other research staff. She will develop methods to engage community members in food systems planning and decision-making using systems and contextualized approaches. She brings to the team her experience in mixed methods, spatial econometrics and geospatial analysis.