Research Scientist, Harvard University

Dr. Lusk’s research has focused on comfortable and safe environments that will motivate women, children, seniors, parents with children on their bicycles, and individuals of color, with lower incomes, and from the world to bicycle. She has over 36 years of experience designing, permitting, and funding bicycle facilities and delivering keynotes, consulting, and conducting research on bicycle facilities.

Dr. Lusk’s Ph.D. in Architecture included Environment and Behavior (how people perceive and use space) and Urban Planning (how environments can be built based on policy). Bicycle research involves the associations between policy –>environment –> bicycling behavior -> health outcomes -> costs. Her expertise is bicycle environments and she partners with individuals in public health and related fields to explore the associations between bicycle environments and policy, behavior, costs and health as related to weight control, mobile source air pollution exposure, injury, crashes, crime, motivation, environmental preferences, car and bike parking, Alzheimer’s disease, sustainability, Climate Change, and joy.

Experience

  • 2010–present
    Research Scientist, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Honours

Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 - Congress for New Urbanism, New England and Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 - Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals