Ikuho Yamada is an assistant professor of Geography.
Her major research areas include spatial statistics, geographic information science, and health/medical geography. She has been applying spatial statistical and GIS methodologies to a variety of health- and transportation-related research. Currently she is particularly interested in the neighborhood effects on human health and works on several projects regarding how social and physical characteristics of neighborhoods may influence health outcomes of their residents. One of the projects is collaboration with other IPIA researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. The research team investigates the obesity issue in Utah to further our understanding of neighborhood characteristics that support healthy lifestyles to achieve/retain healthy weight status beyond individuals’ characteristics or preference. Another project examines spatial and temporal trends in the prevalence of adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight in California for the past two decades with a specific focus on associations between spatial and race/ethnic disparities. Her work has been published in such journals as Geographical Analysis, Statistics in Medicine, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine. She also co-authored a spatial statistical textbook, Statistical Detection and Surveillance of Geographic Clusters, with Professor Peter Rogerson at the State University of New York at Buffalo.