Eliza W. Kinsey

Eliza W. Kinsey is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research examines the relationships between the built environment, food insecurity and urban health disparities. She uses a mixed-methods approach to explore spatiotemporal dynamics of food policy and health across the urban planning, public health and social welfare disciplines. While at Columbia, Dr. Kinsey has advanced her research agenda in built environment and social determinants of health, particularly around obesity and child health outcomes. Currently she is a co-investigator on a study using NYC Vital Statistics birth record data to evaluate associations between neighborhood food environments and excessive gestational weight gain. She is also working with birth cohorts from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health to study the links between early childhood food insecurity and child weight and cognitive development trajectories. Dr. Kinsey’s work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health and Public Health Nutrition. She holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning, as well as a Master of Public Health, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

Built environment
Community development
Income based interventions
Nutrition programs for children
Social Determinants
Social policy
Urban health
Urban planning


American Community Survey (ACS)
CPS (Current Population Survey)
Decennial Census
NYC administrative data
Vital statistics data
Other: FoodAPS, NETS