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Dr. Carlson received a PhD in Public Health from UC San Diego in 2012 and an MA in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2009. He is currently an NIH-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in the T32 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology program and a member of the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine’s Division of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Carlson works with Dr. Jim Sallis on physical activity policy and environment studies and Drs. Kerr and Patrick on physical activity technology studies. His primary research interest is around scalability of physical activity interventions for population impacts. Dr. Carlson is an emerging leader in GPS and physical activity research through his work with the CWPHS. He is currently pursuing measurement projects that involve using visual computing to develop automated systems for assessing physical activity in environments and incorporating these systems into built environment evaluations and public health surveillance.

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