Jason Douglas

Jason Douglas

 

Email

jason.douglas@sjsu.edu


Phone

(408) 924-8977


Office

Washington Square Hall 111E

Spring 2017
Office Hours

Wednesday,
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,
and by appointment

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Environmental Psychology, The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, NY

 

Advising Appointments

 

Biography

I received a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where I specialized in conducting research with underserved communities to develop an understanding of social and environmental inequities at the local, state, national, and international levels.  Following my studies at CUNY, I was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Psychology Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University, where I conduced CBPR toward understanding and redressing community health disparities on a national scale.  In addition, I served as Director of Restorative Justice, also at Loyola Marymount University, where I developed and implemented youth participatory action research (YPAR) programs concerning inequitable access to greenspace in Los Angeles.  I am also on the Board of Directors of Communities for a Better Environment, a community-based environmental justice organization based in Los Angeles and Oakland, California.

 

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 001: Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • ENVS 151: Race, Poverty, and the Environment
  • ENVS 181: Environmental Resource Center
  • ENVS 297: Research and Proposal Development

 

Research

My research spans various areas including participatory forest conservation in Jamaica, racial and ethnic approaches to community health, environmental justice and education in underserved urban communities, public policy and advocacy efforts to address root causes of childhood obesity, and improving resource accessibility for homeless populations.  The common thread in my research concerns environmental determinants of public health inequities. To unpack this illusive phenomenon, I conduct community-based participatory research (CBPR) concerning systemic inequities that manifest in poor health outcomes in low-income communities of color.  While research has always been one of my passions, using research to educate and empower those who are exposed to social, economic, and environmental disparities is what truly makes my work so rewarding.