Profile

Dr. Bita Minaravesh (she/her) is a Lecturer in the Spatial Sciences Institute in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) and is a Postdoctoral Scholar at USC’s Equity Research Institute. In her post-doctoral research, she is exploring the state of environmental and economic equity across California through a lens of intersectionality to promote every child’s opportunity to realize their universal right to self-determination. She employs a spatial perspective to expose the inequitable factors influencing both a child’s trajectory in the short term and a community’s opportunity for growth over generations.

Her research interests include greenspace accessibility, public schools, EV infrastructure and income security. Her dissertation in the USC Population, Health and Place doctoral program was entitled “Children’s Environmental and Developmental Equity Within Los Angeles: A Spatio-Temporal Exploration of Varying Conditions, Perspectives, and Outcomes.” Dr. Minaravesh’s research uses a variety of methodologies that implement critical human rights analysis, spatial statistics and community-driven discussions to understand the circumstances that influence transgenerational equity.

Dr. Minaravesh is a member of USC’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health Translational Research (SC-CEHRT) executive committee.

Degrees

2022    Ph.D., Population, Health and Place, University of Southern California
2017    Master of Public Health, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
2014    B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Selected works

Minaravesh, B. (2023). The Multi-Scalar Relationship Between Children’s Self-Determination and Environmental Justice in the United States. Local Environmenthttps://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2023.2187360

Minaravesh, B., & Aydin, O. (2023). Environmental and demographic factors affecting childhood academic performance in Los Angeles County: A generalized linear elastic net regression model. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 30, 100942. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsase.2023.100942

Hackman, D. A., Cserbik, D., Chen, J.-C., Berhane, K., Minaravesh, B., McConnell, R., & Herting, M. M. (2021). Association of Local Variation in Neighborhood Disadvantage in Metropolitan Areas with Youth Neurocognition and Brain Structure. JAMA Pediatrics, e210426–e210426. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.0426