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Yolanda Jane McDonald
Yolanda Jane McDonald
Phone:
(915) 615-9088
Email:
ymcdonald77@tamu.edu
Office:
CSA 305F
Address:

College of Geosciences, Department of Geography
3147 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843


Degrees:

See additional information.

Awards:

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Courses:

The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79968

Lecturer

Summer2 2016: ANTH/GEOG/SOCI 1310: Cultural Geography

Texas A&M University, MS 3147, College Station, Texas 77843

Lab Instructor on Record

Course: GEOG 390: Principles of GIS

Semesters: Fall 2014, Fall 2013

Course: GEOG 203: Planet Earth

Semester: Fall 2012

Teaching Assistant

Course: GEOG 201: Introduction to Human Geography

Semester: Spring 2013

 

Course: GEOG 320: The Middle East

Semester: Spring 2013

 

Course: GEOG 304: Economic Geography

Semester: Fall 2012

 

The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79968

Teaching Assistant

 

Course: SOCI 4390: The Interdisciplinary Nature of Criminal Justice

Semesters: Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010

 

Course: ANTH 1301: Introduction to Physical Anthropology & Archeology

Semesters: Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010

               

Course: ANTH 3380: Cultural and Environmental Resource Management

Semester: Fall 2010

 

Course: SOCI 3370: Gender Roles and Society

Semester: Fall 2009

 

Course: SOCI 4346: Health and Illness in a Cross-Cultural Perspective/Introduction to Global Health

Semester: Fall 2009 


Yolanda Jane McDonald

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Epidemiology                                                          
  • GISHealth                                        
  • Health Disparities              
  • Health Inequalities 
  • Health/Medical Geography
  • Potable Water Accessibility & Water Affordability
  • Potable Water Quality & Human Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Vulnerability to Environmental Hazards
  • Spatial Analysis

 

Research Positions

 

Funding Period: January – August 2015

Research Assistant at Texas A&M University, College Station        

Funded by: Dr. Cosette Wheeler, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Department of Pathology, House of Prevention Epidemiology (HOPE), MSC-02-1670

Advised by: Dr. Daniel Goldberg, Texas A&M University, College Station

 

Funding Period: January – August 2014

Research Assistant at Texas A&M University, College Station        

Funded by: Dr. Daniel Goldberg, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station

Advised by: Dr. Daniel Goldberg, Texas A&M University, College Station

 

Funding Period: May – June 2013

Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at El Paso                        

Funded by: Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, which is funded by the EPA and the Policy Applied Border Environmental Research Program

Advised by: Dr. Timothy Collins and Dr. Sara Grineski

 

Funding Period: May – June 2013

Research Assistant at Texas A&M University, College Station

Funded by: Dr. Michael Ewers, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station

Advised by: Dr. Michael Ewers

 

Funding Period: June 2011 – August 2012

Research Assistant at the University of Texas at El Paso                

Funded by: Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, which is funded by the EPA and the Policy Applied Border Environmental Research Program

Advised by: Dr. Timothy Collins and Dr. Sara Grineski

 

Funding Period: January 2011 – December 2011

Research consultant for Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization’s Colonias Initiatives Program

Contracted by: Dr. Marcelo Korc

 

Funding Period: June 2010 – August 2010

Research Assistant at the University of Texas at El Paso                

Funded by: Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, which is funded by the EPA and the Policy Applied Border Environmental Research Program

Advised by: Dr. Timothy Collins and Dr. Sara Grineski

Selected Publications

McDonald, Y.J., Goldberg, D.W., Scarinci, I.C., Castle, P.E., Cuzick, J., Robertson, M., and Wheeler, C.M. on behalf of the New Mexico HPV Pap Registry Steering Committee. Health service accessibility and risk in cervical cancer prevention: Comparing rural versus non-rural residence in New Mexico. The Journal of Rural Health. DOI:10.1111/jrh.12202

 

McDonald, Y.J., Grineski, S.E., Collins, T.W., and Kim, Y.A. (2015). A scalable climate health justice assessment model. Social Science & Medicine 133, 242-252. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.10.032.

 

Grineski, S.E., Collins, T.W., McDonald, Y.J., Aldouri, R., Aboargob, F., Eldeb, A., Romo, L., and Velázquez-Angulo, G. (2015). Double exposure and the climate gap: Changing demographics and extreme heat in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 20 (2), 180-201. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2013.839644.

 

Grineski, S.E., Chakraborty, J., Collins, T. W. and McDonald, Y.J. (2013). Environmental health injustice: Exposure to air toxics and children’s respiratory hospital admissions. The Professional Geographer 65 (1), 31-46.

 

McDonald, Y.J. and Grineski, S.E. (2012). Disparities in access to residential plumbing: A bi-national comparison of environmental injustice in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Population and Environment 32 (4),  376-387.

 

Collins, T.W., Grineski, S.E, Chakraborty, J., and McDonald, Y.J. (2011). Understanding environmental health inequalities through comparative intracategorical analysis: Racial/ethnic disparities in cancer risks from air toxics in El Paso County, Texas. Health and Place 17 (1), 335-344.

 

Grineski, S.E and McDonald, Y.J. (2011). Mapping the uninsured using secondary data: An environmental justice application in Dallas. Population and Environment 32 (4), 376-387.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS  


Lachica, J., Castenada, E., and Y. J. McDonald. (2013). Poverty, place, and health along the US-Mexico Border. In K. Fitzpatrick (Ed.) Poverty and health: A crisis among America's Most Vulnerable, (pp. 87-104). Goleta, CA: ABC-CLIO. 

 

Velázquez-Angulo, G., Aldouri, R., Collins, T.W., Grineski, S.E., Romo, L., M., Aboargob, F., Eldeb, A., McDonald, Y.J., and F. Poblano-Amparán. (2012). Characterizing climate change risks and informing adaptation strategies in the Ciudad Juárez-El Paso metropolitan region based on spatial analyses of extreme heat–vegetation abundance–population vulnerability relationships. In E. Sánchez Flores and R.E. Díaz Caravantes (Eds.) Dinámicas locales del cambio ambiental global: Aplicaciones de percepción remota y análisis espacial en la evaluación del territorio (pp. 155-178). Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez Press. 

Additional Information

Education

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA - May 2017

Ph.D. Candidate, College of Geosciences, Geography

Dissertation: “An Intersectionality Approach to Assessing the Landscape Across the Cervical Cancer Continuum of Cancer: Geographic and Sociodemographic Inequalities in New Mexico, USA”

Dissertation Committee: Daniel Goldberg (chair), Christian Brannstrom, Mark Fossett, and Daikwon Han 

 

The University of Texas at El Paso, TX, USA - May 2012

Master of Arts, Sociology

Thesis: “Lacking a connection to a community water system: Water quality and human health impacts in El Paso colonias

Thesis Committee: Sara E. Grineski (chair), Timothy W. Collins, and Kristina Mena

 

The University of Texas at El Paso, TX, USA - December 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Multidisciplinary Studies         

 

The University of Texas at El Paso, TX, USA - December 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Multidisciplinary Studies 

Awards

Fellowships and Research Grants

 

Ford Foundation 2016 Dissertation Fellowship. June 2016 – May 2017.

 

University of New Mexico Cancer Center Graduate Fellowship. University of New Mexico (sponsor), National Institutes of Health (prime sponsor). August 2015 – May 2016.

 

Doctoral Graduate Diversity Fellowship. Texas A&M University, College of Geosciences. August 2012 – May 2015.

 

Graduate Student Research Grant. The Impacts of Lack of Plumbing on Water Quality and Self-Reported

Health in El Paso Colonias. Award Number P20MD002287-05 from The Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center (HHDRC) funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities,  the University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. June 2011 – June 2012.

 

Graduate Student Research Grant. Socio-spatial and Temporal Disparities: Water-borne Diseases and Risk in El Paso and Juárez. Award Number P20MD002287-04 from The HHDRC, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. June 2010 – June 2011.

 

Center for Environmental Research and Management Research Grant, The University of Texas at El Paso. November 2010.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS


Scholarships

 

Unocal Graduate Scholarship in Geoscience. College of Geosciences Scholarship Committee, Texas A&M University. August 2016 – May 2017.

 

Cary N Smith '34 Memorial Scholarship, Academic Excellence Award. University Scholarship Committee, Texas A&M University. August 2016 – May 2017.

 

Diversity Scholarship in Geoscience. College of Geosciences Scholarship Committee, Texas A&M University. August 2015 – May 2016.

 

Desert Mountain Chapter, American Water Works Association Scholarship. May 2013.

 

Desert Mountain Chapter, American Water Works Association Scholarship. October 2011 – May 2012.

 

Texas Section, American Water Works Association Scholarship. September 2011 – May 2012.

 

Allien and Paul C. Davidson Scholarship. The University of Texas at El Paso Graduate School. August 2011 – May 2012.

 

Enterprising and Professional Women Paso del Norte Scholarship. January – May 2011.

 

Awards

 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop (one of two students selected university-wide) (April 2016). Selected and sponsored by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

Energy & Sustainability - Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Ambassador Award (Spring 2016 – Fall 2016), NSF funded Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate and supported by the Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

Guhlin, A., McDonald, Y.J, and Goldberg, D.W. (March 2015). Landscape of cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and pre-cancerous treatment services in New Mexico, USA: A study in comparative proximity analysis methods, (oral – 2nd place award), Texas A&M University Student Research Week, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

 

McDonald, Y.J., Schwind, M., Goldberg, D.W., Scarinci, I., Castle, P., Cuzik, J., Powell, A., Roberston, M., and Wheeler, C.M.  (November 2014). Landscape of cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and pre-cancerous treatment services in New Mexico, USA (3rd place poster), GISDay 2014, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

 

Outstanding Graduate Student in Sociology, the University of Texas at El Paso Honors Convocation Award. Summer 2011 - Spring 2012.

 

2012 J.X. Kasperson Student Paper Award in Hazards Geography. Presented Lacking a connection to a municipal water supply: A case study of an environmental and health hazard in El Paso County colonias  in the “Jeanne X. Kasperson Hazards Specialty Group” Session at the 2012 American Association of Geographers annual conference in New York City (February 2012).  

SERVICE       


Fall 2016 – Spring 2017. Physical Geography Search Committee, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

 

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017. Graduate student faculty representative, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

 

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017. National Liaison Representative for the local chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

 

Spring 2016 – Fall 2016. Member of Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Student Advisory Committee/AGEP Ambassador, NSF funded Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate and supported by the Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016. Co-organizer for a two-day event (March 2-3, 2016) designed to familiarize the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) with TAMU administration, the Career Center, faculty, and students through a keynote, seminars, and group meetings.

 

October 2015 – onwards. Founding member of local chapter of Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG).

 

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016. Human Environment Research Group Coordinator.  Texas A&M University, Department of Geography.

 

Fall 2014. Member of the Graduate Student Subcommittee for Human-Environment Research Group faculty hire position. Texas A&M University, Department of Geography.

 

Term 2014 – 2017. Student Representative for Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

 

Term 2013 – 2014. Association of Geography Graduate Students (AGGS) Executive Committee Member. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

 

Spring 2013. Member of the Graduate Student Subcommittee for Human-Environment Research Group faculty hire position. Texas A&M University, Department of Geography.

 

PEER JOURNAL REVIEWER         

2016 – present                     Sustainability

2016 – present                     International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

2016 – present                     Journal of Rural Health

2015 – present                     Journal of Hypertension and Management

2015 – present                     Social Science & Medicine

2014 – present                     PLOS ONE

2013 – present                     Journal of Hydrology

2013 – present                     Society and Natural Resources

2012 – present                     Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved



Advisor: Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg

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