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Anne Moudon

Departmental Faculty

Anne Vernez Moudon, Dr ès Sc
Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Professor, Architecture
Professor, Landscape Architecture
Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Director, Urban Form Lab (UFL)


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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3950 University Way NE
448B Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

I instruct students in urban design and research methods. My work focuses on urban form analysis, land monitoring, neighborhood and street design, active travel and health. The National Institutes of Health and the US and Washington State departments of Transportation support current research on the built and social environments at the UFL. The research examines environmental influences on physical activity, active travel, eating behaviors, and other health outcomes. Done in close collaboration with colleagues in public health and transportation planning, the research is now based on high-resolution geospatial data on the built environment and objective behavior data. I collaborate with many colleagues, students, and organizations nationally and internationally.


Dr. es. Sc. in Urban Design at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (1987)
B.Arch at University of California, Berkley (1969)

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Selected Peer Reviewed Publications Include

Moudon AV, Lee C, Cheadle AD, Garvin CW, Johnson DB, Schmid TL, Weathers RD. Attributes of environments supporting walking. Am J Health Promo. 2007;21: 448-459. PMID: 17515010.

Berke E, Koepsell T, Moudon A, Hoskins R. Association of the built environment with physical activity and obesity in older persons. Am J Public Health. 2007;97:486-492. PMCID: PMC1805010.

Berke E, Gottlieb, L, Moudon, AV, Larson, EB. N. Protective association between neighborhood walkability and depression in older men. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 2007;55(4):526-33.

Lovasi GS, Moudon AV, Smith NL, Lumley T, Larson EB, Sohn DW, Siscovick DS, Psaty BM. Evaluating options for measurement of neighborhood socioeconomic context: Evidence from a myocardial infarction case-control study. Health Place. 2008,14(3): 453-67

Lovasi, GS, Moudon AV, Pearson AL, Hurvitz PM, Larson EB, Siscovick DS, Berke EM, Lumley T, Psaty BM. Using built environment characteristics to predict walking for exercise. Int J Health Geogr. 2008; 7:10. PMID: 18312660Duncan GE, Goldberg J, Noonan C, Moudon AV, Hurvitz P, et al. Unique environmental effects on Physical activity participation: A twin study. 2008; PLoS ONE. 3:e2019. PMCID: PMC2291197.

Moudon, AV, L Lin, P Hurvitz and P Reeves. "The risk of a pedestrian collision occurrence: A case-control study of collision locations on state routes in King County and Seattle, Washington." Transportation Research Record 2073 2008 (1): 25-38.

Sohn, DW and AV Moudon. The economic value of office clusters: An analysis of assessed property values, regional form, and land use mix in King County, Washington. Journal of Planning and Education Research, 2008,(28): 86-99.

Matthews SA, Moudon AV, Daniel M. Work group II: Using Geographic Information Systems for enhancing research relevant to policy on diet, physical activity, and weight. Am J Prev Med. 2009;36(4 Suppl):S171-6. PMID: 19285210.

Hurvitz, PM, Moudon AV, Rehm CD, Streichert LC, Drewnowski, A. Arterial roads and area socioeconomic status are predictors of fast food restaurant density in King County, WA. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2009 6:46

de Montigny L, Moudon AV, Leigh BC, Young SY. Assessing a drop box programme: A spatial analysis of discarded needles. Int J Drug Policy. 2010 21 (3): 208-14.

Moudon, AV. Real noise from the urban environment how ambient community noise affects health and what can be done about it. Am J Prev Med 2009 37(2):167-71.

Lin L, Moudon AV. Objective versus subjective measures of the built environment, which are most effective in capturing associations with walking? Health Place. 2010;16:339-348. PMID: 20004130.Hughes DC, Andrew A, Denning T, Hurvitz P, Lester J, Beresford S, Borriello G, Bruemmer B, Vernez Moudon A, Duncan GE. BALANCE (Bioengineering Approaches to Lifestyle Activity and Nutrition Continuous Engagement): Developing new technology for monitoring energy balance in real-time. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2010;4:429-434. PMCID: PMC2864179.

Moudon, AV, L. Lin, J. Jiao, P. 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. Accident and Analysis Prevention, 2011, 43:11-24.

Moudon AV, D.W. Sohn, S. Kavage, J.E. Mabry. Transportation-efficient land use mapping index (TELUMI), a tool to assess multimodal transportation options in metropolitan regions. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 2011 5 (2):11-133.

Poortinga W, Gebel K, Bauman A, Moudon AV (2011) Neighborhood Environment, Physical Activity and Obesity. In: Nriagu JO (ed.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Burlington: Elsevier, 2011, 4: 44–53.

de Montigny L, Moudon AV, Leigh BC, Kim SY. A spatial analysis of the physical and social environmental correlates of discarded needles. Health Place. 2011 17(3):757-66

Jiao, J. Moudon, A.V. and Drewnowski, A. (2011) Grocery shopping: How individuals and built environments influence travel mode choice. Transportation Research Record, 2230:85-95

Moudon AV, Cook AJ, Ulmer J, Hurvitz PM, Drewnowski A. A neighborhood wealth metric for use in health studies. Am J Prev Med. 2011;41:88-97. PMCID: PMC3118096.

Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Hurvitz PM, Monsivais P, Moudon AV. Obesity and supermarket access: proximity or price? Am J Public Health. 2012;102:e74-80. PMID: 22698052.

Jiao J, Moudon AV, Ulmer J, Hurvitz PM, Drewnowski A. How to identify food deserts: measuring physical and economic access to supermarkets in King County, Washington. Am J Public Health. 2012:1-8. PMID: 22897554.

Hurvitz PM, Moudon AV. Home versus nonhome neighborhood: quantifying differences in exposure to the built environment. Am J Prev Med. 2012; 42:411-417. PMCID: PMC3318915.

Rehm CD, Moudon AV, Hurvitz PM, Drewnowski A. Residential property values are associated with obesity among women in King County, WA, USA. Soc Sci Med. 2012;75:491-495. PMID: 22591823.Duncan GE, Dansie EJ, Strachan E, Munsell M, Huang R, Vernez Moudon A, Goldberg J, Buchwald D. Genetic and environmental influences on residential location in the U.S. Health Place. 2012;18:515-519. PMCID: PMC3319489.Sohn, DW; Moudon, AV; Lee, J. The economic value of walkable neighborhoods. Urban Design International, 2012 17(2): 115-28.

Stewart, O, Moudon AV, Claybrooke, C. Common ground: Eight factors that influence walking and biking to school. Transport Policy, 2012, 24

Kang B, Moudon AV, Hurvitz PM, Reichley L, Saelens BE. Walking objectively measured: Classifying accelerometer data with GPS and travel diaries. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013 45(7), 1419-28. PMCID:  PMC3674121.

Perry, C. K., Herting, J. R., Berke, E. M., Nguyen, H. Q., Vernez Moudon, A., Beresford, S. A., Ockene, J. K., Manson, J. E., Lacroix, A. Z. Does neighborhood walkability moderate the effects of intrapersonal characteristics on amount of walking in post-menopausal women? Health Place. 2013 21, 39-45.

Aggarwal, A., Cook, A. J., Jiao, J., Seguin, R. A., Vernez Moudon, A., Hurvitz, P. M., Drewnowski, A. Access to supermarkets and fruit and vegetable consumption. Am J Public Health. 2014 104(5), 917-23.

Berke, E. M., Vernez-Moudon, A. Built environment change: A framework to support health-enhancing behaviour through environmental policy and health research. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014 68(6), 586-590. PMCID: PMC4008676

Drewnowski, A., Aggarwal, A., Hurvitz, P. M., Monsivais, P., Rehm, C. D., Moudon, A. V. Drewnowski et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2013 103(1), e2-3.

Drewnowski, A., Moudon, A. V., Jiao, J., Aggarwal, A., Charreire, H., Chaix, B. Food environment and socioeconomic status influence obesity rates in Seattle and in Paris. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 38(2), 306-14.

Duncan, G. E., Mills, B., Strachan, E., Hurvitz, P., Huang, R., Moudon, A. V., Turkheimer, E. Stepping towards causation in studies of neighborhood and environmental effects: How twin research can overcome problems of selection and reverse causation. Health Place. 2014 27, 106-11. PMCID: PMC4004691Hurvitz, P. M., Moudon, A. V., Kang, B., Saelens, B. E., Duncan, G. E. Emerging technologies for assessing physical activity behaviors in space and time. Front Public Health. 2014 2, 2.

Saelens, B. E., Vernez Moudon, A., Kang, B., Hurvitz, P. M., Zhou, C. Relation between higher physical activity and public transit use. Am J Public Health. 2014 104(5), 854-9.

Stewart, O., Moudon, A. V., Claybrooke, C. Multistate evaluation of safe routes to school programs. Am J Health Promot. 2014 28(3 Suppl), S89-96.

Vernez Moudon, A., Drewnowski, A., Duncan, G. E., Hurvitz, P. M., Saelens, B. E., Scharnhorst, E. Characterizing the food environment: Pitfalls and future directions. Public Health Nutr. 2013 16(7), 1238-43.  PMCID: PMC3975130

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