Nicole Iroz Elardo
PhD | Research Associate
Nicole Iroz-Elardo received her PhD in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2014 with a focus in urban health. Her doctoral research evaluated stakeholder participation Health Impact Assessments (HIA). She previously studied at University of Utah where she received a B.S. in Economics and completed post-baccalaureate coursework in Statistics with an emphasis in Econometrics. Dr. Iroz-Elardo has been working as an applied researcher on environmental health issues for over a decade including as Statistical Researcher in an environmental health unit at Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, Ohio) and as a Policy and Operations Analyst in the HIA program at Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division (Portland, Oregon). Dr. Iroz-Elardo is currently employed by Urban Design 4 Health, Inc. (UD4H) where she specializes in the development of practical tools to help planning professionals understand and embed the social determinants of health within public decision-making. At UD4H, much of her focus is on understanding how to extend land use and health modeling by monetizing and thus internalizing the health impacts of alternative modes.
Dr. Iroz-Elardo is an interdisciplinary researcher who focuses on supporting healthy communities through understanding the intersection of planning, governance, and public health. She is particularly interested in the spatial distribution and environmental justice aspects of urban health. She has expertise in the influence of land use, transportation systems, housing, air quality, and economic factors on public and community health, particularly for vulnerable populations. Dr. Iroz-Elardo’s doctoral research evaluated stakeholder participation within three transportation Health Impact Assessments (HIA) including the extent to which HIA can provide vulnerable communities an avenue to influence policies that affect their everyday lives. Her current interest in modeling and monetizing health impacts of land use and transportation systems stems from observing that while public decision makers claim to value health, they can only act upon that value when information is provided in a way that “competes” with other economic interests.
PhD (2014) Urban Studies – Portland State University
BS (2001) Economics – University of Utah
Dr. Iroz-Elardo is providing methodological expertise for monetizing health impacts associated with the built environment while also serving in a project management role.