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Jennifer D. Roberts Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Jennifer D. Roberts, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Associate Professor

2136 School of Public Health
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-7748


  1. Dr.PH., Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
  2. M.P.H., Environmental and Occupational Health, Emory University, 2000
  3. A.B., Health and Society, Brown University, 1996


Jennifer D. Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health and a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland College Park. Her research and teaching interests focus on the relationship between the built environment and physical activity in addition to its impact on obesity and other public health outcomes. More specifically, much of her research has explored the dynamic relationship between environmental, social and cultural determinants of physical activity and using empirical evidence of this relationship to infer complex health outcome patterns. Future and ongoing research, such as her Built Environment and Active Play (BEAP) Study will also incorporate state of the art techniques, such as spatial analysis and geographic information system modeling in order to objectively capture the role and relationship of these determinants on physical activity. Finally, crosscutting issues including exposure (e.g. recreational deserts) and outcome (e.g. childhood obesity) health disparities will also be addressed in both her research and teaching physical activity and public health programs.

Dr. Roberts earned her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and received her Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree from Brown University.