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Sherry Ryan, Ph.D.


Doctorate, University of California, Irvine

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Fall 2017 - Tuesday, Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm

Office: PSFA 161

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Phone: 619-594-5037

Dr. Sherry Ryan is a Professor in City Planning and the Director of the School of Public Affairs.  She joined the City Planning faculty in the Fall 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Latin American Studies at Princeton University, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Transportation Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

She teaches two undergraduate courses – Introduction to Urban Planning, and Public Administration Systems Analysis; as well as two graduate courses – Principles and Techniques of Land Use Planning, and a Seminar in Urban Transportation Planning. Dr. Ryan has also developed two new graduate courses – GIS for City Planners, and Data Sources and Policy Analysis.

Her research interests are focused on understanding transportation–land use interactions, and the influence of land use patterns on travel behavior, physical activity, and health. She has published research in several scholarly journals, including Urban Studies, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Transportation Research, and the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. She is currently a co-investigator on three research projects funded by the California Department of Transportation and the National Institute of Health.

Below is a representative sample of her recent, published research:

Norman, Greg, Sandra Nutter, Sherry Ryan, James Sallis, Karen Calfas and Patrick Kevin “Community Design and Recreational Facility Correlates of Adolescent Physical Activity and Body Mass Index,” forthcoming in Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Ryan, Sherry. 2005. “The Value of Access to Highway and Light Rail Transit: Evidence for Industrial and Office Firms.” Urban Studies, v.42,4:751-764.

Ryan, Sherry and James Throgmorton. 2003. “Sustainable Transportation and Land Development on the Periphery: A Case Study of Freiburg, Germany and Chula Vista, California.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, v.8,1: 37-52.

Baldassare, Mark, Sherry Ryan, and Cherly Katz. 1999. “Suburban Attitudes Towards Policies Aimed at Reducing Solo Driving.” Transportation 25,1: 99-117.

Ryan, Sherry. 1999. “Property Values and Transportation Facilities: Finding the Transportation-Land Use Connection.” Journal of Planning Literature 13, 4:412-427.

van Hengel, Drusilla R., Joseph F. DiMento, and Sherry Ryan. 1999. “Equal Access?
Travel Behavior Change in the Century Freeway Corridor.” Urban Studies 36, 3:547-562.