Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geographic Information Science (GISci); Spatiotemporal database; Spatiotemporal analysis; Spatial data mining; Spatial analysis; Dasymetric mapping; Areal interpolation; Neighborhood effects; Social network; Contextual effects; Environmental justice; Crime and delinquency, Urban health; Substance use; Addiction; Health
I am a geographer specializing in Geographic Information Science. I received a B.A. in Environmental Geology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1992, a M.S. in Geography from Portland State University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University in 2001. I am certified as a GIS Professional (GISP) by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).
My research has spanned a number of topical areas, including spatiotemporal data modeling and analysis, environmental justice, and dasymetric mapping. Recently, I have become involved in several projects funded by NIJ and NIH revolving around modeling contextual geographic and social network effects on human behavior, particularly relating to substance use and crime. Of interest are the ways in which social and peer influences on behavior are embedded within place, and how such contextual influences may interact with characteristics of the individual to produce particular behavioral outcomes, such as criminal recidivism and substance use. Interdisciplinary approaches are a key component of such research, and I have benefited substantially from collaboration with colleagues in psychology, psychiatry, criminal justice, computer science, and statistics on these projects.
I currently serve as Research Committee Chair for the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and on the Editorial Boards of Geography Compass, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Journal, and Journal of Spatial Information Science. Previously, I have served on the Board of Directors of UCGIS, as Secretary and on the Board of Directors for GISCI (GIS Certification Institute), as Chair of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Geographic Information Systems and Science Specialty Group (GISS-SG), as Academic Councilor of the AAG Cartography Specialty Group (CSG), and on the Editorial Board of Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
* supervised students
- Mennis, J., Mason, M., Light, J., Rusby, J., Westling, E., Way, T., Zaharakis, N., and Flay, B., 2016. Does substance use moderate the association of neighborhood disadvantage with perceived stress and safety in the activity spaces of urban youth? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 165: 288-292.
- Mennis, J., Stahler, G.J., and Mason, M.J., 2016. Risky substance use environments and addiction: A new frontier for environmental justice research.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(6): 607.
- Mason, M.J., Mennis, J., Zaharakis, N., and Way, T., 2016. The dynamic role of urban neighborhood effects in a text-messaging adolescent smoking intervention. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 18(5): 1039-1045.
- Mennis, J. and Stahler, G.J., 2016. Racial and ethnic disparities in outpatient substance use disorder treatment episode completion for different substances. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 63: 25-33.
- Mennis, J., Mason, M., Way, T., and Zaharakis, N., 2016. The role of tobacco outlet density in a smoking cessation intervention for urban youth. Health and Place, 38: 39-47.
- Mennis, J., 2016. Dasymetric spatiotemporal interpolation. The Professional Geographer, 68(1): 92-102.
- Mennis, J., 2015. Increasing the accuracy of urban population analysis with dasymetric mapping. Cityscape, 17(1): 115-126.
- Mason, M.J., Mennis, J., and Linker, J., Bares, C., and Zaharikas, N., 2014. Peer attitudes effects on adolescent substance use: The moderating role of race and gender. Prevention Science, 15(1): 56-64.
- Mennis, J., Dayanim*, S.L., and Grunwald, H., 2013. Neighborhood collective efficacy and dimensions of diversity: a multilevel analysis. Environment and Planning A, 45(9): 2176-2193.
- Stahler, G.J., Mennis, J., and Baron, D., 2013. Geospatial technology and the exposome: New perspectives on addiction. American Journal of Public Health, 103(8): 1354-1356.
- Raddatz*, L. and Mennis, J., 2013. Environmental justice in Hamburg, Germany. The Professional Geographer, 65(3): 495-511.
- Mennis, J., Mason, M.J., and Cao*, Y., 2013. Qualitative GIS and the visualization of narrative activity space data. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(2): 267-291.
- Wolfe*, M. and Mennis, J., 2012. Does vegetation encourage or suppress urban crime? Evidence from Philadelphia, PA. Landscape and Urban Planning, 108: 112-122.
- Heckert*, M. and Mennis, J., 2012. The economic impact of greening urban vacant land: a spatial difference-in-differences approach. Environment and Planning A, 44: 3010-3027.
- Mennis, J., Stahler, G.J., and Baron, D.A., 2012. Geographic barriers to community-based psychiatric treatment for drug dependent patients. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(5): 1093-1103.
- Mennis, J., and Mason, M.J., 2012. Social and geographic contexts of adolescent substance use: the moderating effects of age and gender. Social Networks, 34(1): 150-157.
- Mennis, J. and Harris, P., 2011. Contagion and repeat offending among urban juvenile delinquents. Journal of Adolescence, 34: 951-963.
- Mennis, J., Harris, P., Obradovic, Z., Izenman, A., Grunwald, H., and Lockwood, B., 2011. The effect of neighborhood characteristics and spatial spillover on urban juvenile delinquency and recidivism. The Professional Geographer, 63(2): 174-192.
- Mennis, J. and Mason, M.J., 2011. People, places, and adolescent substance use: Integrating activity space and social network data for analyzing health behavior. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 101(2): 272-291.
- GUS 0821: Digital Mapping
- GUS 3062/5062: Fundamentals of GIS
- GUS 3067/5067: GIS and Location Analysis
- GUS 4065/5065: Urban GIS