Research Advisor

The TKF Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen L. Wolf. Ph.D., as Research Advisor for the National Open Spaces Sacred Places Award Initiative.
Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist with the College of the Environment, University of Washington. She has a joint appointment with the US Forest Service PNW Research Station to help develop a program on Urban Natural Resources Stewardship. Her studies are based on the principles of environmental psychology; the research is an effort to better understand the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban ecosystems. Dr. Wolf’s professional mission is to discover, understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in urban settings. Moreover, she is interested in how scientific information can be integrated into local government policy and planning.
She is a member of the Environmental Design Research Association, the International Society of Arboriculture, a technical contributor on human well-being to the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a member of the Transportation Research Board national committee on Landscape and Environment, and the Washington State Community Forestry Council. Dr. Wolf has presented her research throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. An overview of Dr. Wolf’s research programs can be found at; another web site highlights findings of an extensive research review that is now underway – Green Cities: Good Health:

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