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Philip M Hurvitz

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Philip M Hurvitz, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Urban Design and Planning

Biography

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Office: 410 Gould Hall
Fax: (206) 685-9597
phurvitz@u.washington.edu
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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3949 15th Ave NE
410 Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

Phil Hurvitz is Assistant Research Professor in Urban Design & Planning in the University of Washington College of Built Environments Urban Form Lab. He received his PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Anne Moudon, Adam Drewnowski, Miles Logsdon, and Gaetano Borriello.

He specializes in the objective measurement and analysis of the built environment using GIScience methodology. His current research investigates the relationship between physical activity and built environment at fine spatial and temporal scales. Using new-generation devices that measures activity and location in real time, the data are being used to find associations between the types of activities people engage in and the types of environments people use as they go about their daily lives. He collaborates with researchers specializing in nutritional epidemiology and exercise physiology for the purpose of understanding the relationships between built environment, diet, and physical activity.

Phil received a Master of Forest Resources degree in 1994 at the UW College of Forest Resources where he helped develop and implement a GIS for the Makah Indian Nation. His Bachelor's degree (1983) is from Seattle University in Humanities. Prior to his current appointment, he worked as a GIS specialist for the College of Forest Resources, the City of SeaTac, the Seattle Water Department, and an instructor at the University of Washington and Green River Community College.

Selected Publications

Aggarwal, A. J. Cook, J. Jiao, R. A. Seguin, A. Vernez Moudon, P. M. Hurvitz, and A. Drewnowski, “Access to Supermarkets and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption,” Am. J. Public Health, pp. e1–e7, Mar. 2014.

G. E. Duncan, B. Mills, E. Strachan, P. M. Hurvitz, R. Huang, A. V. Moudon, and E. Turkheimer, “Stepping towards causation in studies of neighborhood and environmental effects: How twin research can overcome problems of selection and reverse causation,” Health Place, vol. 27, pp. 106–111, May 2014.

P. M. Hurvitz, A. V. Moudon, B. Kang, B. E. Saelens, and G. E. Duncan, “Emerging Technologies for Assessing Physical Activity Behaviors in Space and Time,” Front. Public Heal., vol. 2, 2014.

B. E. Saelens, A. V. Moudon, B. Kang, P. M. Hurvitz, and C. Zhou, “Relation Between Higher Physical Activity and Public Transit Use,” Am. J. Public Health, pp. e1–e6, Mar. 2014.

Drewnowski, A. Aggarwal, P. M. Hurvitz, P. Monsivais, C. D. Rehm, and A. V. Moudon, “Drewnowski et al. respond,” Am. J. Public Health, vol. 103, no. 1, pp. e2–e3, Nov. 2013.

Kang, A. V. Moudon, P. M. Hurvitz, L. Reichley, and B. E. Saelens, “Walking Objectively Measured: Classifying Accelerometer Data with GPS and Travel Diaries.,” Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., vol. 45, no. 7, pp. 1419–28, Jul. 2013.

V. Moudon, A. Drewnowski, G. E. Duncan, P. M. Hurvitz, B. E. Saelens, and E. Scharnhorst, “Characterizing the food environment: pitfalls and future directions,” Public Health Nutr., pp. 1–6, Apr. 2013.

E. Saelens, A. V. Moudon, B. Kang, P. M. Hurvitz, and C. Zhou, “Higher Physical Activity Is Directly Related to Public Transit Use,” Am. J. Public Health, vol. in press, 2013.

Drewnowski, A. Aggarwal, P. M. Hurvitz, P. Monsivais, and A. V. Moudon, “Obesity and supermarket access: proximity or price?,” Am. J. Public Health, pp. e1–e7, Jun. 2012.

P. M. Hurvitz and A. V. Moudon, “Home versus nonhome neighborhood: quantifying differences in exposure to the built environment,” Am. J. Prev. Med., vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 411–417, 2012.

J. Jiao, A. V. Moudon, J. Ulmer, P. M. Hurvitz, and A. Drewnowski, “How to identify food deserts: measuring physical and economic access to supermarkets in King County, Washington.,” Am. J. Public Health, pp. 1–8, Aug. 2012.

Rehm, A. V. Moudon, P. M. Hurvitz, and A. Drewnowski, “Residential property values are associated with obesity among women in King County, WA, USA.,” Soc. Sci. Med., pp. 3–7, Apr. 2012.

AV. Moudon, A. J. Cook, J. Ulmer, P. M. Hurvitz, and A. Drewnowski, “A neighborhood wealth metric for use in health studies.,” Am. J. Prev. Med., vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 88–97, Jul. 2011.

V. Moudon, L. Lin, J. Jiao, P. M. Hurvitz, and P. Reeves, “The risk of pedestrian injury and fatality in collisions with motor vehicles, a social ecological study of state routes and city streets in King County, Washington,” Accid. Anal. Prev., vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 11–24, Jan. 2011.

Bassok, P. M. Hurvitz, C.-H. Bae, and T. Larson, “Measuring neighbourhood air pollution: the case of Seattle’s International District,” J. Environ. Plan. Manag., vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 23–39, Jan. 2010.

Hughes, A. Andrew, T. Denning, P. M. Hurvitz, J. Lester, S. Beresford, G. Borriello, B. Bruemmer, A. V. Moudon, and G. E. Duncan, “BALANCE (bioengineering approaches for lifestyle activity and nutrition continuous engagement): developing new technology for monitoring energy balance in real time.,” J. Diabetes Sci. Technol., vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 429–34, Mar. 2010.

C. Hughes, A. Andrew, R. Chaudhri, T. Denning, C. Hartung, P. M. Hurvitz, J. Lester, S. Beresford, G. Borriello, B. Bruemmer, A. V. Moudon, and G. E. Duncan, “Balance: bioengineering approaches for lifestyle activity and nutrition continuous engagement,” Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., vol. 41, no. Supplement 1, pp. 45–46, 2009.

P. M. Hurvitz, A. V. Moudon, C. D. Rehm, L. Streichert, and A. Drewnowski, “Arterial roads and area socioeconomic status are predictors of fast food restaurant density in King County, WA,” Int. J. Behav. Nutr. Phys. Act., vol. 6, no. 1, p. 46, 2009.

G. E. Duncan, J. Goldberg, C. Noonan, A. V. Moudon, P. M. Hurvitz, and D. Buchwald, “Unique environmental effects on physical activity participation: a twin study,” PLoS One, vol. 3, no. 4, p. e2019, 2008.

G. S. Lovasi, A. V. Moudon, A. L. Pearson, P. M. Hurvitz, E. B. Larson, D. S. Siscovick, E. M. Berke, T. Lumley, and B. M. Psaty, “Using built environment characteristics to predict walking for exercise,” Int. J. Health Geogr., vol. 7, p. 10, 2008.

V. Moudon, L. Lin, P. M. Hurvitz, and P. Reeves, “Risk of pedestrian collision occurrence: case control study of collision locations on state routes in King County and Seattle, Washington,” Transp. Res. Rec., vol. 2073, no. -1, pp. 25–38, Dec. 2008.

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