Joan Casey

Wednesday, February 2

Joan Casey, Columbia University | Power Outage Preparedness, Distribution, and Duration: Spotlighting Environmental Justice

A recording of this talk will be posted soon. 

About the talk: This talk will describe power outage timing, frequency, and duration in the United States from 2018-2020. We also assess equity implications of medically relevant (8+ hour) outages and will conclude with a case study of the 2021 Texas Power Crisis.


Joan Casey, Columbia University
Dr. Joan Casey, Columbia University

About the speaker: Joan A. Casey received her doctoral degree from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2014. Dr. Casey is an environmental epidemiologist who focuses on environmental health, environmental justice, and sustainability. Her research uses electronic health records and spatial statistics to study the relationship between emerging environmental exposures and population health. She also considers vulnerable populations and the implications of health disparities, particularly in an era of climate change. Dr. Casey investigates a range of exposures including unconventional natural gas and oil development, coal-fired power plants, wildfires, power outages, and concentrated animal feeding operations. She also teaches in the MPH Core. Dr. Casey also holds a BS in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and an MA in Applied Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University.