Staff Bios

Shaunna K. Burbidge- Principal

Shaunna Headshot 8-13Dr. Burbidge received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Geography emphasizing Transportation Studies in 2008.  She holds an M.A. from that same program and two undergraduate degrees from Weber State University (Ogden, Utah) in History and Geography-with an emphasis in urban planning.

Her background as a behavioral scientist has allowed her to work extensively in travel behavior data analysis and travel survey development, also utilizing her technical specialization in econometrics and multivariate modeling.  Her current research foci include modeling the connections between the built environment and public health, active modes of transportation (walking and biking), and behavioral influences on active mode choice for members of different demographic subgroups (i.e. children, baby-boomers, low income, etc.).

In addition to her research work, Shaunna has worked in a broad range of planning fields.  In addition to her planning and research experience, she has technical experience drafting Environmental Impact Statements for a number of transportation projects in the Western U.S., conducting survey analysis for UC Berkeley’s Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), and as a former Project Manager for Envision Utah (a public-private partnership specializing in urban/regional planning).

Shaunna currently serves as an article reviewer for multiple journals and recently served as a co-editor updating the Transportation Research Board’s Travel Survey Methods Manual.  Dr. Burbidge is a member of the Travel Behavior and Values committee of the Transportation Research Board (National Academies of Science) and currently serves as a special advisor to the CDC’s Office of Sustainability and the National Center for Environmental Health’s Public Health and Built Environment Initiative.  In her local community she is a member of the Utah Partnership for a Healthy Weight where she serves as a member of the Research Council.  She is also a member and former chair of the Active Community Environments Workgroup of the Utah Department of Health.

She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Geography at Brigham Young University, and as a Research Professor in both the City and Metropolitan Planning and Health Promotion and Education departments at the University of Utah.




Molly Marriott- Project Planner

Molly_MarriottMolly Marriott graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a BA in Urban Planning and a minor in Business (2006). After spending an extended time living and working for a non-profit in Costa Rica, she returned to the U.S. and relocated to Oregon to work in long range planning.

Molly spent over five years working as a long range planner and GIS specialist for the city of Hillsboro, Oregon – a large high-tech hub just outside of Portland. Her background combines strengths in land use planning, community revitalization and public involvement processes. Molly’s experience focused on a wide range of land use and transportation planning projects, including plans for revitalizing a 600 acre underutilized office park into a dense mixed-use urban center adjacent to light rail, and creating a redevelopment plan for a blighted industrial neighborhood located near Downtown Hillsboro. Molly also worked extensively on the second phase of the award winning transit-oriented development, Orenco Station – a dense, mixed-use community built in conjunction with the Westside Light Rail near Portland. In addition, she lead an effort to establish a citywide wayfinding program, intended to visually unify the City’s signage and build upon existing placemaking efforts.

Molly has extensive experience integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and professional graphic design with land use planning expertise. She has a strong understanding of the interconnectedness of land use, transportation and economic development, and is passionate about building healthy communities through better policy, design and implementation.