e-mail: carolyn.mcandrews@ucdenver.edu

office phone: (303) 315-0028

I am an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver. I study the health, safety, and environmental effects of transportation systems.

I am interested in how urban planning, policy, and organizing influence the distribution of hazardous and protective environments in cities and regions.

My current research projects include:

  • Arterial roads and neighborhood livability
  • Evaluation of programs to increase walking and bicycling
  • Transportation injury risk across different groups of road users
  • Including public health in transportation policy agendas
  • Public participation in transportation decision making

The courses I teach in the Department of Planning and Design are:

  • Planning History and Theory
  • Transportation Planning and Policy
  • Transportation and Land Use Planning
  • Planning Healthy Communities
Selected recent publications (see all)
McAndrews C, Beyer K, Guse CE, Layde P. 2013. "Revisiting Exposure: Fatal and Non-fatal Traffic Injury Risk Across Different Populations of Travelers in Wisconsin 2001-2009." Accident Analysis and Prevention, 60:103-112.


Comparing the injury risk of different travel modes requires using a travel-based measure of exposure. In this study we quantify injury risk by travel mode, age, race/ethnicity, sex, and injury severity using three different travel-based exposure measures (person-trips, person-minutes of travel, and person-miles of travel) to learn how these metrics affect the characterization of risk across populations. We used a linked database of hospital and police records to identify non-fatal injuries (2001-2009), the Fatality Analysis Reporting System for fatalities (2001-2009), and the 2001 Wisconsin Add-On to the National Household Travel Survey for exposure measures. In Wisconsin, bicyclists and pedestrians have a moderately higher injury risk compared to motor vehicle occupants (adjusting for demographic factors), but the risk is much higher when exposure is measured in distance. Although the analysis did not control for socio-economic status (a likely confounder) it showed that American Indian and Black travelers in Wisconsin face higher transportation injury risk than White travelers (adjusting for sex and travel mode), across all three measures of exposure. Working with multiple metrics to form comprehensive injury risk profiles such as this one can inform decision making about how to prioritize investments in transportation injury prevention.