Nature in the City:An “overlooked” factor in urban mental health
Brought to you by: Andrea Faber Taylor and the Landscape and  Human Health Lab Chris Krassa, Jo Miscierewicz, Doreen Tse...
Central Park, NYC
Was Olmsted right?
Nature and…Sadness, clinical depressionStress, anxiety disordersMental fatigue, AD/HDAggression, violenceLoneliness, ...
Sadness, depressionPark visits and moodNear-home greenness and physician diagnoses of depression
Stress, anxietyForest bathing and physiological stress indicatorsNear-home greenness and physician diagnosed anxiety dis...
Mental fatigue, AD/HDImages of nature, “nature walks” improve cognitive performanceChildren with AD/HD  Field experimen...
Aggression, violenceVideo clips and feelings of anger, aggressionPublic housing residents’ aggression and violence
Robert Taylor Homeswithout greenspaceRobert Taylor Homeswith greenspace
Aggression, violenceVideo clips and feelings of anger, aggressionPublic housing residents’ aggression and violence
Loneliness, isolationImages of nature, indoor plants and social aspirationsLoneliness, social ties  Chicago public hous...
What have we learned?The impacts are largeEven the smallest bit helpsMust be present to win
What have we learned?It appears that greenness promotes mental healthEven after controlling for incomeWe’ve reached the...
ImplicationsA new, partial explanation for income- related mental health disparitiesA possible, inexpensive population- ...
Thank you!           Frances “Ming” KuoUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign       fekuo@illinois.edu      www.lhhl.i...
Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo
Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo
Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo
Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo
Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo
Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo
Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo
Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo
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Panel Discussion: State-of-the-Art Research: Dr. Frances E. Kuo

  1. 1. Nature in the City:An “overlooked” factor in urban mental health
  2. 2. Brought to you by: Andrea Faber Taylor and the Landscape and Human Health Lab Chris Krassa, Jo Miscierewicz, Doreen Tseng USDA National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
  3. 3. Central Park, NYC
  4. 4. Was Olmsted right?
  5. 5. Nature and…Sadness, clinical depressionStress, anxiety disordersMental fatigue, AD/HDAggression, violenceLoneliness, isolation
  6. 6. Sadness, depressionPark visits and moodNear-home greenness and physician diagnoses of depression
  7. 7. Stress, anxietyForest bathing and physiological stress indicatorsNear-home greenness and physician diagnosed anxiety disorders
  8. 8. Mental fatigue, AD/HDImages of nature, “nature walks” improve cognitive performanceChildren with AD/HD  Field experiment  National survey
  9. 9. Aggression, violenceVideo clips and feelings of anger, aggressionPublic housing residents’ aggression and violence
  10. 10. Robert Taylor Homeswithout greenspaceRobert Taylor Homeswith greenspace
  11. 11. Aggression, violenceVideo clips and feelings of anger, aggressionPublic housing residents’ aggression and violence
  12. 12. Loneliness, isolationImages of nature, indoor plants and social aspirationsLoneliness, social ties  Chicago public housing, Los Angeles, Netherlands
  13. 13. What have we learned?The impacts are largeEven the smallest bit helpsMust be present to win
  14. 14. What have we learned?It appears that greenness promotes mental healthEven after controlling for incomeWe’ve reached the “oat bran” threshold
  15. 15. ImplicationsA new, partial explanation for income- related mental health disparitiesA possible, inexpensive population- level mental health interventionTrees as the city’s lungs
  16. 16. Thank you! Frances “Ming” KuoUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fekuo@illinois.edu www.lhhl.illinois.edu

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