University of Vermont

Christine Vatovec

Christine Vatovec

Research Assistant Professor of Human Health and the Environment

Phone: 802-656-2728
Office: 303C Aiken Center

Areas of Interest

Environmental health, socio-ecological consequences of medical care, health benefits of nature contact, qualitative methods

As an interdisciplinary environmental health social scientist, the foundation of my work lies within the research specializations of sustainability science, environmental health, and environmental sociology. I draw on theories and tools from these subdisciplines, but also from anthropology, environmental justice, environmental and medical history, environmental psychology, environmental studies, and public health sciences. My research focuses on two areas regarding the interplay between human health and the environment: 1) the socio-ecological consequences of medical care (or, how human health-seeking behaviors impact the environment), and 2) the human health benefits of nature contact (or, how the environment impacts human health).

Instructional Programs

Environmental Studies
Natural Resources


Ph.D. 2010 University of Wisconsin
M.S. 2002 University of Minnesota
B.S. 1998 Cornell University

Selected Publications

Vatovec, Christine, Mujde Erten, Jane Kolodinsky, Phil Brown, Marie Wood, Ted James, Brian L. Sprague. 2014. Ductal carcinoma in situ: a brief review of treatment variation and impacts on patients and society. Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression 24(4): 281-286.

Vatovec, Christine, Laura Senier, and Michael Bell. 2013. The ecology of dying: commodity chains, governance, and the medicalization of end-of-life care. Gislason (ed.) Advances in Medical Sociology: Ecological Health: Society, Ecology and Health 15: 195-215.

Vatovec, Christine, Laura Senier, and Michael Bell. 2013. An ecological perspective on medical care: environmental, occupational, and public health impacts of medical supply and pharmaceutical chains. EcoHealth. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-013-0855-1

Severtson, Lori and Christine Vatovec. 2012. The Theory-based Influence of Map Features on Risk Beliefs: Self-reports of What is Seen and Understood for Maps Depicting an Environmental Health Hazard. Journal of Health Communication 17(7): 836-856.

Vatovec, Christine and Teri Balser. 2009. Podcasts as tools in introductory environmental studies. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 10:19-24.