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Lee Rivers Mobley

Associate Professor    

Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 1990.
M.S., Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 1987.
M.F.A., Fine Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 1983.
A.B., Art History, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1978.


Dr. Lee Rivers Mobley is an Associate Professor of Spatial Population Science and Health Economics in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Prior to this appointment, she was a Research Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.  Prior to that, she was a Senior Research Fellow at RTI International for about 11 years. While at RTI, Dr. Mobley spearheaded the effort to establish a Census Research Data Center (RDC) lab on the RTI main campus.  Under the auspices of my approved Census RDC project entitled “Methodologies for Analyzing Risk Assessment”, she has begun various studies of community risk and resilience using restricted microdata.  Health studies may also be conducted inside the RDCs, through cooperation between the US Census, CDC, and NCHS.  A renewal of her R01 grant with NIH/NCI will allow her team to study cancer incidence and outcomes at small geographic scales across the entire US, under a National Centers for Health Statistics approval for this work, to be conducted inside RDCs. Under the parent grant, the GeoDa Center at ASU established OpenGeoDa spatial analytic software on the Census Linux server for use by all researchers inside RDCs, making spatial analytic capabilities on the restricted microdata available for the first time.

Dr. Mobley has more than 25 years of experience in conducting health market and health outcomes studies using spatial analytic methods. Her research includes analyses of disparities among populations and across geography, examining socio-ecological problems where place and space are important; studies in spatial demography; and analysis of health care markets and behaviors of both consumers and providers.  Dr. Mobley’s publications have included hospital antitrust studies, studies of insurance market competition, market analysis for several Medicare reform initiatives, spatial analysis explaining cardiac risk factors in low income women, analysis of the spatial diffusion of endoscopy services, spatial analysis of access to and quality of preventive care services used by the elderly, and ecological analysis of the spread of HIV among injection drug users in San Francisco. She has earned recognition as an expert in applied spatial analysis, with over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and serves as the Spatial Data Editor for Spatial Demography.  Dr. Mobley also serves as expert Grants Reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, sitting in many different study sections on an ad hoc basis due to my unique blend of expertise in spatial science, public health policy, informatics, quantitative analysis, and health economics.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Bray, J., Depro, B., McMahon, J. and Mobley, L., “The Geography of Opportunity: A Spatial Analysis of Opportunity Youth in the United States” paper presented at the 2014 Census RDC conference in Washington DC, June 2014; forthcoming in Journal of Labor Research.
  2. Mobley, L., Subramanian, S., Tangka, F., Hoover, S., Wang, J., Hall, I., and Singh, S., “Predictors of Breast Cancer Screening Among Medicaid-Eligible Women 2006-2008: A Multilevel Model Analysis”, forthcoming in Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
  3. Mobley, L., Kuo, T., “Demographic Disparities in Late-Stage Diagnosis of Breast and Colorectal Cancers Across the USA”, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, DOI 10.1007/s40615-016-0219-y; First Online April 12, 2016, pp 1-12. open access April 2016:
  4. Mobley, L., Scott, L., and Kuo, T., “Using Residential Segregation to Explain Cancer Stage at Diagnosis: Two Different Approaches”, forthcoming in the special issue: ‘GIS and Spatial Methods in Epidemiology’, guest edited by Dr. Jan Eberth, Annals of Epidemiology.
  5. Mobley, L., Kuo, T., “Geographic and demographic disparities in late-stage breast and colorectal cancer diagnoses across the US”, AIMS Public Health, Special Issue: Spatial Aspects of Health: Methods and Applications, ed. P. Congdon. Volume 2, Issue 3, (August 2015): 583-600. DOI: 3934/publichealth.2015.3.583. open access URL:
  6. Mobley, L., Kuo, T., “United States Health Policies and Late-Stage Breast and Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis: Why Such Disparities by Age?”, Health Economics Review, July 15, 2015, 5:20. DOI: 10.1186/s13561-015-0058-2
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  7. Mobley, L., Kuo, T., Traczynski , J., and Udalova, V. and Frech, H.E., “Macro-Level Factors Impacting Geographic Disparities in Cancer Screening in the US” Health Economics Review, 2014,4:13. DOI:10.1186/s13561-014-0013-7 open access URL:
  8. Alexis Martinez, Lee Mobley, Scott Novak, Jennifer Lorvick, and Alex Kral, “Spatial Analysis of HIV Positive Injection Drug Users in San Francisco, 1987 to 2005” , Special Issue “Spatial Epidemiology”, edited by Peter Congdon, J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 3937-3955:
  9. Mobley, L., “Drawing Over-reaching Conclusions from Spatial Health Data” in Spatial Demography, v 2(1) (2014): pp 66-71, available online:
  10. Basu, J. and Mobley, L., and V. Thumula, “The Small Area Predictors of Ambulatory Care Sensitive Hospitalizations: A Comparison of Changes over Time “, Social Work in Public Health, Volume 29,Issue 2, 2014: pp 176-188, available online Jan 2014:
  11. Trantham, LC, Nielsen, M., Carpenter, B, Wheeler, S, Mobley, L and Biddle, A, “Use of prostate-specific antigen testing as a disease surveillance tool following radical prostatectomy”, Cancer, Volume 119,Issue 19, pages 3523–3530, 1 October 2013.
  12. Mobley, L., “Spatial Sufficiency of 5% Medicare Standard Analytic Files”, in Spatial Demography, v 1(2) (September 25, 2013): pp 202-218, available online:
  13. Mobley, L., “What are Spatial Data? When are they Sufficient?” Spatial Demography, 2013 1(1): 120-130, available online:
  14. Kuo, Tzy-Mey, Mobley, L., and Bazzoli, G., “Changes in the Healthcare Safety Net 1992-2003: Disparities in Access for Uninsured Persons”, International Journal of Health Services, Volume 43, Number 3(2013), Pages 551–566.
  15. Schieb, L., Mobley, L., George, M., Casper, M., “Tracking Stroke Hospitalization Clusters Over Time and Associations with County-Level Socioeconomic and Health Care Characteristics”, Stroke, 2013 44(1):146-52.

Editorial Opinion Pieces

The Conversation, US Edition, “Why aren’t under-65s diagnosed with cancer until the disease is advanced?”, available online 9-11-2015:

Chapter in Book

Mobley, L., and Bazzoli, G.,“Modeling ‘Dependence of Relevant Alternatives’ in Consumer Choice: A Synthesis From Disparate Literatures”, Chapter 7, in Frank M. Howell, Jeremy R. Porter and Stephen Mathews (eds.), Recapturing Space: New Middle-Range Theory In Spatial Demography. Volume 1, Spatial Demography Series. (2016). Dordrecht: Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-22809-9 (Print) 978-3-319-22810-5.