Title: Senior Research Strategist
Location: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
A Senior Research Strategist at HDR, Francesqca Jimenez investigates the ways in which the environment impacts human health, and well-being. Francesqca has a Master of Science in Applied Research in Human-Environment Relations from Cornell University’s Department of Design and Environmental Analysis with a minor in Organizational Behavior, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, English and Women’s Studies from the University of California-Los Angeles. Her primary research interests are in environmental psychology, linking environments to health, and advancing social equity through environmental justice and meaningful engagement. In her work, she endeavors to understand the ways in which the built, natural and social environments interact to affect behavior, cognition, emotion, identity and representation. Prior to joining HDR, Francesqca contributed to a multi-state evaluation of school gardens’ influence on children’s physical activity and nutritional knowledge, and co-authored the chapter entitled “Children and Nature” for the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health. She is currently leading community and facility level research projects across sectors, as well as two initiatives for HDR’s Health Sector: Research in Planning and Advancing Health Equity through Environmental Design.