Head shot of Casey Durand
  • Kinder Fellow
  • Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
  • University of Texas School of Public Health

Casey Durand is an assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.

His research concerns the effects of the built environment and public policy on health behaviors, including physical activity and diet. He also has methodological interests in power analyses, interaction/moderation effects and statistical programming. Durand’s primary research project is the Houston TRAIN (Travel Related Activity In Neighborhoods) Study, the goal of which is to understand how new light rail infrastructure affects transportation patterns and physical activity in low-income, primarily minority neighborhoods of Houston. As a Kinder Institute Fellow, he is working on a new proposal to understand how special taxing districts could be leveraged as a means to decrease inequalities in the built environment across Houston. He is also working on an effort to characterize the Opportunity Youth population, defined as young adults ages 16 to 24 who are not in school or employed work, in Southeast Texas and to develop recommendations to better serve their needs.

Trained as a behavioral scientist, he received his Ph.D. in preventive medicine from the University of Southern California and completed a National Cancer Institute Cancer Education and Career Development Program postdoctoral fellowship at the UTHealth School of Public Health.