Tammy Leonard, Ph.D.


B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
M.S. & Ph.D, Economics, University of Texas at Dallas

Academic Appointments

Affiliate Assistant Professor
Economics Department, University of Dallas

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Recent Courses

Economics Required Courses
Principles of Economics
Statistical Methods
Intermediate Microeconomics

Economics Elective Courses
Quantitative Economics Industrial Organization
Experimental Economics

Research Interests

I am an economist specializing in interdisciplinary applications of urban, health, and behavioral economics.  My work typically examines the dual influences of the physical and social environment as they relate to individual behavior choices - especially the choices of low-income individuals and households.  My publications have spanned a range of topics including asset poverty, financial access, social interactions, housing markets and foreclosure, and preventive health behaviors.

Research Collaborations

Dr. Leonard is the co-director of the Community Assistance Research (CARe) initiative, an umbrella for several community-based research projects.  Through CARe, they are able to conduct high quality primary research about the problems faced by low-income households and improve dissemination by partnering directly with organizations that are on the "front lines" combating these problems.   Additionally, she collaborates with the UT Southwestern Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) to harness Electronic Medical Records through their Large Database Analysis Cluster for research to improve health outcomes.

Selected Publications

Pruitt, S.L., T. Leonard, J. Murdoch, A. Hughes, A. McQueen, S. Gupta. (In press). Neighborhood effects in a behavioral randomized controlled trial. Health and Place.

Leonard, T., L. Zhang, C. Hoehner. 2014. Variations in Park Facility Valuations across Neighborhoods. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. In Press.

Zhang, L., T. Leonard. 2014. Neighborhood Impact of Foreclosure: A Quantile Regression Approach. Journal of Regional Science and Urban Economics. 48, 133-143.

Leonard, T., C. McKillop, J. Carson, K. Shuval. 2014. Neighborhood Effects on Food Consumption. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 51, 99-113

Leonard, T., K. Shuval, A. De Oliveira, C. Skinner, C. Eckel, J. Murdoch. 2013. Health Behavior and Behavioral Economics: Economic Preferences and Physical Activity Stages of Change in a Low-Income African American Community. American Journal Of Health Promotion, 27:4, 211-221.