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Associate Professor
Graduate Chair

313B Gladfelter Hall


Health/medical geography, Public health, Epidemiology, Cancer epidemiology, Geographic information systems (GIS), Geographic access, Health services, Cluster detection, Spatial statistics, Historical geography


I am an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University and a member of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control program. I am a medical geographer, and my research and teaching focus on the intersection between geography, public health and epidemiology. My research focuses on describing and understanding place-based and geographic disparities in health and disease, with a specific emphasis on applied geographic methods and the role geographic factors play on cancer outcomes and prevention. I am especially interested in the interactions between socioeconomic, demographic and neighborhood environmental factors that influence human health and disease and how we can measure these factors to better understand various health outcomes.

Much of the innovation in my work has been through using novel geographic methods and creating new national data sets to answer questions that are directly relevant to understanding and reducing health disparities in cancer. In the past several years, I have both led and worked with interdisciplinary teams of researchers on several high-impact projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen.  Some of the findings from these studies have been published in prominent journals, and some garnered national attention and have been highlighted by the NCI and major media outlets, including the New York Times, CBS, the Guardian and Reuters.  Most recently, I received funding from the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Program on a project that combines approaches in geospatial methods and life course epidemiology.  I am also Co-PI on a NSF award under their new Innovations in Graduate Education track of the NSF Research Traineeship program for implementing a collaborative partnership between the Departments of Geography and Urban Studies and Biology at Temple.  My most recent publication was an article in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that was one of the first studies to examine the role of both individual and geographic factors on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake.

I received a B.S. in Geography from Salisbury University and an M.A. in Geography from Towson University. At McGill University, I earned my Ph.D. in Geography and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology before spending several years as a research scientist at the New Jersey Department of Health and as associate director of the New Jersey State Cancer Registry.  Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, I served on the faculty at the University of Utah (Department of Geography) and at the Rutgers University School of Public Health (Department of Epidemiology).

Selected Publications

  • Li K, Wen M, Henry KA: Ethnic density, immigrant enclaves, and Latino health risks: A propensity score matching approach. Soc Sci Med 2017, 189:44-52.
  • Henry KA, Swiecki-Sikora AL, Stroup AM, Warner EL, Kepka D: Area-based socioeconomic factors and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among teen boys in the United States. BMC Public Health 2017, 18(1):19.
  • Bodson J, Ding Q, Warner EL, Hawkins AJ, Henry KA, Kepka D: Sub-Regional Assessment of HPV Vaccination Among Female Adolescents in the Intermountain West and Implications for Intervention Opportunities. Matern Child Health J 2017, 21(7):1500-1511.
  • Stroup AM, Herget KA, Hanson HA, Reed DL, Butler JT, Henry KA, Harrell CJ, Sweeney C, Smith KR: Baby Boomers and Birth Certificates: Early-Life Socioeconomic Status and Cancer Risk in Adulthood. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2017, 26(1):75-84.
  • Schootman M, Gomez SL, Henry KA, Paskett ED, Ellison GL, Oh A, Taplin SH, Tatalovich Z, Berrigan DA: Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2017, 26(4):472-475.
  • Roche LM, Niu X, Stroup AM, Henry KA: Disparities in Female Breast Cancer Stage at Diagnosis in New Jersey: A Spatial-Temporal Analysis. J Public Health Manag Pract 2017, 23(5):477-486.
  • Boscoe FP, Henry KA, Johnson CJ, Sherman RL. The relationship between cancer incidence, stage, and poverty in the United States.  International Journal of Cancer. 2016.
  • Henry KA, Warner EL, Stroup AM,  Kepka D. Geographic Factors and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Initiation among Adolescent Girls in the United States. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 2015.
  • Henry KA, Fagliano J, Jordan HM, Rechtman L, Kaye WE. Geographic Variation of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Incidence in New Jersey, 2009-2011. American journal of epidemiology. 2015.
  • Roche LM, Niu X, Henry KA. Invasive Cervical Cancer Incidence Disparities in New Jersey – a Spatial Analysis in a High Incidence State. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved,  2015.
  • Kohler BA,  Sherman R, Howlader N, Jemal A, Ryerson B, Henry KA, Boscoe FP, Cronin KA,  Lake A, Noone AM, Henley SJ,  Eheman CR,  Anderson RN, Penberthy L.  Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2011. Featuring Incidence of Breast Cancer Subtypes by Race/Ethnicity, Poverty, and State. Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), 2015   107  (6): doi: 10.1093/jnci/djv048. PMID: 25825511
  • Klaus CA, Carrasco LE, Goldberg DW,  Henry KA, Sherman R. Use of Attribute Association Error Probability Estimates to Evaluate Quality of Medical Record Geocodes. International Journal of Health Geographics. August, 2015.
  • Henry KA, Sherman R, *McDonald K, Johnson CJ, Stroup AM, Boscoe FB. Associations of Census-Tract Poverty With Subsite-Specific Colorectal Cancer Incidence Rates and Stage of Disease at Diagnosis in the United States. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, 2014;2014:823484, Epub 2014 Aug 3.
  • Henry KA, *McDonald K, Sherman R, Kinney AY, Stroup AM. Association Between Individual and Geographic Factors and Nonadherence to Mammography Screening Guidelines. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014. Epub 2014/05/29.
  • Boscoe FP, Johnson CJ, Sherman RL, Stinchcomb DG, Lin G, Henry KA. The relationship between area poverty rate and site-specific cancer incidence in the United States. Cancer. 2014;120(14):2191-8. Epub 2014/05/29.
  • *Li K, Wen M, Henry KA. Residential racial composition and black-white obesity risks: differential effects of neighborhood social and built environment. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2014;11(1):626-42. Epub 2014/01/24.
  • *Sherman RL, Henry KA, Tannenbaum SL, Feaster DJ, Kobetz E, Lee DJ. Applying spatial analysis tools in public health: an example using SaTScan to detect geographic targets for colorectal cancer screening interventions. Preventing chronic disease. 2014;11:E41. Epub 2014/03/22.
  • Henry KA, *Sherman R, Farber S, Goldberg DW, Cockburn M, Stroup AM. The joint effects of census tract poverty and geographic access on late-stage breast cancer diagnosis in ten US States. Health & Place, 2013, 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.01.007
  • Niu X, Roche LM, Pawlish K, Henry KA. Cancer survival disparities by health insurance status. Cancer Medicine, 2013;2:403-411.
  • Anderson AE, Henry KA, Samadder NJ, Merrill RM, Kinney AY. Rural vs urban residence affects risk-appropriate colorectal cancer screening. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. 2013;11(5):526-33. Epub 2012/12/12.
  • Boscoe FP, Henry KA, Zdeb MS. A nationwide comparison of driving distance versus straight line distance to hospitals, (United States). Professional Geographer, 2012, 64:2, 188-196.
  • Henry KA and *McDonald K. Geographic Access to Health Services. In Boscoe, FP (ed.), In Geographic Health Data: Fundamental Techniques for Analysis. Wallingford, United Kingdom, CABI International Press. 2013.
  • Henry KA, Boscoe FP, Johnson CJ, Goldberg DW, Sherman R, Cockburn M. Breast Cancer Stage at Diagnosis—Is Travel Time Important? Journal of Community Health. 2011 Dec; 36(6):933-42.
  • Richards TB, Johnson CJ, Tatalovich Z, Cockburn M, Eide MJ, Henry KA, Lai S, Cherala SS, Huang Y, Ajani UA. Association of cutaneous melanoma incidence with ultraviolet exposure. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2011, November 65(5):50-57
  • Boscoe, F. P., Johnson CJ, Henry KA, Goldberg DW, Shahabi K, Elkin EB, Ballas LK. Cockburn M. Geographic proximity to treatment for early stage breast cancer and likelihood of mastectomy. Breast. 2011, November, 20: 324-8.
  • Roche LM, Niu X, Pawlish KS, Henry KA. Thyroid Cancer in New Jersey – Time Trend, Birth Cohort and Socioeconomic Status Analysis, 1979-2006. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, September, 2011.
  • Henry KA, Niu X, Boscoe FP. Geographic disparities in colorectal cancer survival. International Journal of Health Geographics. 2009 July 8:48.
  • Henry KA, Sherman R, Roche, LM. Colorectal cancer stage at diagnosis and area socioeconomic characteristics in New Jersey, 2000-2005. Health & Place. 2009 June;15(2):505-13.
  • Olson SA, Henry KA, Jomphe M, Schwartzman K, Brassard P. Tracking Tuberculosis in the past: The use of genealogical evidence. Journal of Historical Geography. 2009 36(3):327-341
  • Henry, KA, and Boscoe FP. Estimating the accuracy of geographical imputation. International Journal of Health Geographics. 2008 Jan 23;7:3.
  • Brassard P, Henry KA, Nguyen D, Olson S, Schwartzman K. Geography and genealogy of patients with a PZA-resistant strain of tuberculosis. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 2008, May; 8(3):247-57.
  • Henry KA, and Olson S. Balises patronymiques de lAmérique française. In De Québec à l’Amérique française: histoire et mémoire, edited by Y. Frenette, T. Wien and C. Vidal. Laval, Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval. 2006.
  • Henry KA, Burge, L, Nguyen, D. Testing differences between case and control point patterns using nearest neighbour distances and bootstrapping. Springer-Verlag: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 2003, 2669-2680:33-4.
  • Nguyen D, Brassard P, Westley J, Henry KA, Schwartzman K, Menzies D, Behr M. A widespread pyrazinamide-resistant M. Tuberculosis family in a low incidence setting. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2003 Jul;41(7):2878-83.

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Medical Geography
  • GIS for Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Human Geography
  • Environmental GIS