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Keith Christensen

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Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

Associate Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Disability Disciplines, Utah State University, 2010
The Impact of the Physical Environment on the Social Integration of Individuals with Disabilities in Community
MLA, Utah State University, 2001
Inclusive Outdoor Playspace Development for Children with Special Needs
BS, Agronomy, Brigham Young University, 1998





Contact Information

Office Hours: By appointment
Go toOffice Location: FAV 252
DialPhone: 435-797-0507
SendEmail: keith.christensen@usu.edu

Awards

Hero Award, 2016

PlayCore

Merit Award, 2014

American Society of Landscape Architects

Researcher of the Year, 2014

Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Steven G. King Play Environments Scholarship, 2013

Landscape Architecture Foundation

Charles Lewis Excellence in Research Award, 2012

American Horticultural Therapy Association

ASLA Student Award of Excellence, 2011

American Society of Landscape Architects

Steven G. King Play Environments Scholarship, 2011

Landscape Architecture Foundation

Graduate Student Mentor of the Year, 2011

LAEP Graduate Students

Merit Award, 2010

American Society of Landscape Architects

  • Christensen, K., Michael, S.E, (2014). Assessing Landscape Architecture Faculty Scholarship. Landscape, City, and Community; 2014 Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • Christensen, K., (2014). The Impact of Rural Community Environments on the Health-Related Behaviors of Individuals with Disabilities. Landscape, City, and Community; 2014 Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • Christensen, K., (2013). The Relationship between Poverty, Community Land Use, and Older Adults’ Opportunities for Social Integration. . 2013 Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • Christensen, K., (2011). The Other Olmstead; Socially Equitable Community Planning.. Urban Nature; 2011 Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • Christensen, K., (2011). The Relationship between Poverty, Community Land Use, and Older Adults’ Opportunities for Social Integration.. Urban Nature; 2011 Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

    Book Chapters

  • Christensen, K., (2011). Social Inclusion: Words on Play; A treatise on its value by leading play scholars.. PlayCore, Inc.
  • Christensen, K., (2009). Features of an Inclusive Play Environment: The Third Teacher, 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning. . OWP/P Architects, VS Furniture, Bruce Mau Design

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Publications - Fact Sheets

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    Publications - Curriculum

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      Publications - Journal Articles

        Academic Journal

      • Manley, M., Kim, Y., Christensen, K., Chen, A., (2016). Airport Emergency Evacuation Planning: An Agent-based Simulation Study of Dirty Bomb Scenarios. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, 46:10, 1390-1403. doi: 10.1109/TSMC.2015.2497213
      • Christensen, K., Reyes, L., Creating Outdoor Play Environments to Support Social Interactions of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; a Scoping Study. Landscape Research Record
      • Brady, A., Christensen, K., Holt, J.M, The Changing View of Physical Recreation for People with Disabilities in the USA: A More Inclusive Perspective?. The Review of Disability Studies
      • Sharifi, M.S, Daniel, S., Christensen, K., Chen, A., (2016). Time headway modeling and capacity analysis of pedestrian facilities involving individuals with disabilities. Transportation Research Record, 16:2553, 41-51. doi: 10.3141/2553-05
      • Christensen, K., Knight, K., (2016). The Role Environmental Context Plays in Adults with Mobility Disabilities’ Physical Activity. The Review of Disability Studies, 12:1, 4-20.
      • Sharifi, M.S, Stuart, D., Christensen, K., Chen, A., Kim, Y., Chen, Y., (2015). Analysis of walking speeds involving individuals with disabilities in different indoor walking environments. Journal of Urban Planning and Development , doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000288
      • Sharifi, M.S, Stuart, D., Christensen, K., Chen, A., (2015). Traffic Flow Characteristics of Heterogeneous Pedestrian Stream Involving Individuals with Disabilities. Transportation Research Record, 15:2537, 111-125. doi: 10.3141/2537-13
      • Cloward Drown, K., Christensen, K., (2014). Dramatic Play Affordances of Natural and Manufactured Outdoor Settings for Preschool-Aged Children. Children, Youth and Environments, 24:2, 53-77.
      • Christensen, K., Michael, S.E, (2014). Quantifying Scholarly Production among Recently Tenured Landscape Architecture Faculty. Landscape Research Record, 2, 31-39.
      • Christensen, K., Byrne, B., (2014). Recognizing the Importance of the Built Environment in Individuals with Disabilities’ Community Integration: A Review of State’s Olmstead Plans.. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 25:3, 186-195. doi: 1044207313493009
      • Jansuwan, S., Christensen, K., Chen, A., (2013). Assessing the transportation needs of low-mobility individuals: Case study of a small urban community in Utah. ASCE Urban Planning and Development, 139:2, 104-114. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000142
      • Christensen, K., Holt, J.M, Wilson, J.F, (2013). The Relationship between Outdoor Recreation and Depression among Older Adults.. World Leisure Journal, 55:1, 72-82.
      • Holt, J.M, Christensen, K., (2013). Utahns’ Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Disability and Health Journal, 6:1, 52-62.
      • Jeongin, K., Kim, Y.S, Kim, B., Christensen, K., (2012). A Comparative Study of Evacuation Strategies for People with Disabilities in High-rise Building Evacuation. Expert Systems with Applications, 40:2013, 408-417.
      • Holt, J.M, Christensen, K., (2012). Utahns’ Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Disability and Health Journal
      • Wilson, J.F, Christensen, K., (2012). The Relationship between Outdoor Recreation and Depression among Individuals with Disabilities.. The Journal of Leisure Research, 44:4, 486-506.
      • Manley, M., Kim, Y.S, Christensen, K., Chen, A., (2011). Modeling Emergency Evacuation of Individuals with Disabilities in a Densely Populated Airport. Transportation Research Record, 2206, 36-48.
      • Christensen, K., (2011). The Effect of the Built Environment on the Evacuation of Individuals with Disabilities; an Investigation Involving Microsimulation Modeling. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 28:2, 118-128.
      • Wilson, J.F, Christensen, K., (2011). The Relationship between Gardening and Depression among Individuals with Disabilities. Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 21:2, 29-41.
      • Christensen, K., Holt, J.M, Wilson, J.F, (2010). Effects of Perceived Neighborhood Characteristics and Use of Community Facilities on the Physical Activity of Adults with and without Disabilities. Preventing Chronic Disease; Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, 7:5
      • Christensen, K., (2009). Socially Equitable Community Planning; including individuals with disabilities in the democratic association of place. Review of Disability Studies, 5:3, 49-52.
      • Christensen, K., Sasaki, Y., (2008). Agent-Based Emergency Evacuation Simulation with Individuals with Disabilities in the Population. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 11:3
      • Christensen, K., Holt, J.M, Blair, M.E, (2007). The Built Environment, Evacuations, and Individuals with Disabilities: a guiding framework for disaster policy and preparation. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 17:4, 249-254.
      • Christensen, K., Jeon, T.K, (2006). Creating Inclusive Outdoor Play Environments; Designing for Ability Rather than Disability. The Journal of Eyewitness in Special Education, 17:4, 48- 55.
      • Christensen, K., Holt, J.M, Collins, S.D, Phillips, C.N, (2006). The Relationship Between the Design of the Built Environment and the Ability to Egress of Individuals with Disabilities. Review of Disability Studies, 2:3, 24-34.
      • Professional Journal

      • Christensen, K., (2012). Comprehensive Inclusive Play Spaces!. California Parks & Recreation , 68:2, 60-62. *
      • Public or Trade Journal

      • Christensen, K., Morgan, J., (2003). When Child’s Play is Anything But; to help children with disabilities, design by types of activities, not types of equipment. NRPA, 38:4, 50- 53.

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

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          Publications - Technical Reports

            Research Reports

          • Christensen, K., (2015). Inclusive Emergency Management Planning. Rocky Mountain ADA Center *
          • Christensen, K., (2012). ADA Needs Assessment for Design/Build Professionals.. Rocky Mountain ADA Center

          * Has not been peer reviewed

          Publications - Translations & Transcripts

            Publications - Other

              Magazine/Trade Publication

            • Hamarstrom, J., Christensen, K., (2014). A Great Place to Play in Nature? . The Field: American Society of Landscape Architects *
            • Christensen, K., (2010). me2; 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design. . PlayCore, Inc.
            • Newsletter

            • Christensen, K., Salmi, P., (2007). The Impact of Building Design on Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities. Impact
            • Other

            • Christensen, K., (2012). Comprehensive Inclusive Play Spaces!. California Association for the Education of Young Children *
            • Christensen, K., (2008). EveryBODY Plays!. *
            • Christensen, K., (2008). Inclusive Play; universal design for all.
            • Christensen, K., Morgan, J., (2004). EHS/HS Inclusive Outdoor Learning Environments; an introductory guide. *
            • Christensen, K., (2004). Inclusive Outdoor Learning Environments; an introductory guide. *

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Scheduled Teaching

            LAEP 1300 - 2D Color Graphic Representation, Spring 2017

            SPED 7940 - Journal Reading Group, Spring 2017

            SPED 7820 - Seminar: Special Topics, Fall 2016

            LAEP 1300 - Computer Applications in Landscape Architecture, Spring 2016

            LAEP 1300 - Computer Applications in Landscape Architecture, Spring 2016

            LAEP 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2016

            SPED 7820 - Seminar: Special Topics, Spring 2016

            LAEP 4900 - Special Problems, Spring 2016

            LAEP 2600 - Landscape Construction I, Fall 2015

            SPED 7820 - Seminar: Special Topics, Fall 2015

            LAEP 6960 - Masters Project, Spring 2015

            SPED 7040 - Literature Review, Fall 2014

            LAEP 6900 - Special Problems, Spring 2014

            LAEP 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2013

            LAEP 2700 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2013

            LAEP 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2013

            SPED 7900 - Independent Study, Spring 2013

            LAEP 6900 - Special Problems, Spring 2013

            SPED 7060 - Research Internship, Fall 2012

            LAEP 2700 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2012

            LAEP 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2012

            SPED 7340 - College Teaching Internship, Summer 2012

            REH 7730 - Disability Law and Policy, Spring 2012

            LAEP 6960 - Master¿s Project, Spring 2012

            LAEP 6900 - Research Methods in Landscape Architecture, Spring 2012

            LAEP 6890 - Seminar on Thesis Proposals and Procedures, Spring 2012

            LAEP 4900 - Special Problems, Spring 2012

            LAEP 6900 - Special Problems, Spring 2012

            LAEP 2700,6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2011

            LAEP 4900 - Special Problems, Fall 2011

            LAEP 2720 - SITE PLANNING/DESIGN, Spring 2011

            LAEP 6970 - THESIS RESEARCH, Spring 2011

            LAEP 2700 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2010

            LAEP 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2010

            LAEP 4130 - Emerging Areas in Landscape Architecture, Spring 2010

            LAEP 6890 - Thesis Proposals and Methods Seminar, Spring 2010

            LAEP 6910 - Journal Reading Seminar, Fall 2009

            LAEP 2700 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2009

            LAEP 4120 - Emerging Areas in Landscape Architecture, Spring 2009

            LAEP 2720 - Site Planning and Design, Spring 2009

            LAEP 6910 - Journal Reading Seminar, Fall 2008

            LAEP 2700 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2008

            LAEP 6100 - Regional Planning, Fall 2007

            LAEP 2700 - Social & Environmental Dimensions of Site Analysis, Fall 2007

            LAEP 4900 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2007

            LAEP 4900 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2006

            LAEP 3120 - Residential Design and Planning, Spring 2005

            LAEP 2700 - Environmental Dimensions of Site Analysis, Fall 2004

            LAEP 2700 - Environmental Dimensions of Site Analysis, Fall 2003


            Extension

            Lions Park Master Plan Revisions, 2009 - 2010

            Graduate Students Mentored

            Anna Brady, Special Education & Rehabilitation
            Shuolei Chen, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
            Courtney Fernelius, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
            Cherissa Alldredge, Special Education & Rehabilitation
            Nicholas Tanner, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
            Graydon Bascom, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
            Kimberly Cloward, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2014
            Chris Harrild, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2013
            Jeff Dzikowski, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2012
            Justin Wilson, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2012
            Rebecca Buckley, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2012
            Sherri Marie French, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2012
            Jeff Hamarstrom, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2012
            Osmer Beck, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2010
            Skyler Westergard, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2010
            Carmen Santana, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2009