Yan Lin

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Assistant Professor

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Geography & Environmental Studies, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ph.D. Geography, Texas State University


I am a geographer in GIS and health/medical geography with a research focus on the development of GIS and spatial analysis methods as well as their applications to gain a better understanding of relationships between human health, society, and the environment. My research in GIS engages broadly in spatial analysis and modeling, and particularly spatial accessibility modeling, air pollution exposure modeling, and web-based spatial demographic research. My research in health/medical geography is focused on cancer disparities and environmental spatial epidemiology. A large portion of my health/medical geography research is on cancer disparities to develop methods to identify geographic areas with cancer disparities, examine the role of geographic information and technology in cancer disparity reduction, and to develop evidence-based geographic intervention programs to reduce cancer disparities. My research in environmental spatial epidemiology is concerned with exposure and risk assessment of air/water pollution and how they are associated with adverse health outcomes.

Recent Publications:

   Xu, S*., Zou, B., Lin, Y., Zhao, X., Li, S., Hu, C. 2019. Strategies of method selection for fine-scale PM2.5 mapping in an intra-urban area using crowdsourced monitoring. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 12: 2933-2948. (*Student author)
   Ni, J., Liang, M., Lin, Y., Wu, Y., Wang, C. 2019. Multi-Mode Two-Step Floating Catchment Area (2SFCA) Method to Measure the Potential Spatial Accessibility of Healthcare Services. International Journal of Geo-Information 8(5): 236
   Lin, Y., Wan, N., Sagert, S., Gong, X., and Davies, A. 2018. A multimodal relative spatial access assessment approach to measure spatial accessibility to primary care providers. International Journal of Health Geographics 17:33. 
   Lin, Y., and Wimberly, M. 2017. Geographic Variations of Colorectal and Breast Cancer Late-Stage Diagnosis and the Effect of Neighborhood-Level Factors. Journal of Rural Health 33(2): 146-157.
   Lin, Y., Wan, N., and Zhan, F. B. 2017. Colorectal cancer disparities among racial/ethnic minorities in Texas, 1995–2003. Annals of GIS 23(2): 93-101.