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Center director

Kathleen Baker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Dr. Kathleen M. Baker is associate professor in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University and a certified GIS Professional (GISP). Dr. Baker is Director of WMU's Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping (HDReAM) Center and also Director of the WMU W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of GIS and Geographical Change to promote interdisciplinary research in geomatics and spatial analysis.  Her research combines geographic methods for spatial and temporal analysis with field-based research in physical sciences, as well as interdisciplinary health sciences and science education research. Dr. Baker has been awarded funding from the USDA (PI, $1.2m) for applied and NSF (co-PI, collaborative, $900K) for basic research and a number of smaller grants and contracts. The projects have involved high volumes of data, integration of data sources, scientific workflows, and public access to information in real-time. Dr. Baker has also managed a variety of contracts for state agencies including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and several local community foundations.  


Amy B. Curtis, Ph.D., MPH
Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program

Dr. Amy B. Curtis, Senior Research Associate at Western Michigan University, earned her A.B. degree in anthropology and history from the University of Michigan in 1991 and M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan in 1993 and 1997, respectively. Curtis was a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. program at WMU 2005-2017. Her research interests include social and behavioral epidemiology and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in targeting public health interventions. She also co-founded the Health Data Research Analysis and Mapping (HDReAM) Center. She participated in 30 funded projects while at WMU including being a PI on multiple projects for Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services and BCBSM Foundation. Before coming to Western Michigan University, Curtis served as both an epidemic intelligence officer and senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has published on a number of topics, including birth outcomes, infectious disease epidemiology, social determinants of health, high blood pressure, public health surveillance, health care-associated infections, geographic variations in diabetes-related rates and resources and timeliness of well child visits for foster care youth.

Public health coordinators

Kim E. Kutzko, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist, Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department

Alberta Griffin, M.A.
Epidemiologist, Calhoun County Public Health Department

Student researchers

  • Virginia Dicken (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)
  • Cara Masselink (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)
  • Nurjannah (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)
  • Brad Roberts (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences)
  • Eugene Kojo Opare Ahwireng (Geography)
  • Bandhan Ayon (Geography)
  • Sam Roodbar (Geography)
  • Lauryn Jianrattanasawat (Geography)
  • Tyler Jennings (Geography)

gis staff with the w.e. upjohn center for the study of geographical change

  • Greg Anderson 
  • Matthew Borr


Angelique Day, Ph.D.


Mary Lou Brooks

Former researchers and affiliates

  • Rajib Paul
  • Annie Wendt
  • Heidi Alexander
  • Barbie Ann Bugna
  • Raju Chowdhary
  • Catherine Kothari
  • Libertie Mantilla
  • Johnathon Kennedy
  • Alberta Stover
  • Virginia Vanderveen
  • Xiaojian Yang
  • Libby MacQuillan