Dr. Ming Kuo is an internationally recognized scientist who studies the impacts of urban environments on healthy human functioning—in particular how “green space” supports healthy functioning in individuals and communities. Notably, she has documented the impacts of green spaces on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. More recent work has examined the ties between greener schoolyards and academic achievement. Her work has convincingly linked healthy urban ecosystems to stronger, safer neighborhoods, lower crime, reduced AD/HD symptoms, reduced aggression, and an array of other mental health indicators.
Her work was the basis of a $10 million tree planting initiative by the City of Chicago, a US Conference of Mayors resolution on urban forestry, and has shaped federal landscaping guidelines. Dr. Kuo has helped shape research agendas at the national level at the USDA, CDC, and NIH, as well as at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Of the 50 most cited articles in environment and behavior, Dr. Kuo is an author on five.