Dietlinde Heilmayr

GFI Fellow - Class of 2015

Graduate Student, Psychology
UC Riverside


The Psychosocial Effects of a Gardening Intervention


I apply scientific designs and research techniques of psychology to understand how, when and why community gardens improve the health of individuals, communities and the environment.

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I hope to contribute to the scientific literature on how gardening may improve important life outcomes. The pilot study that the GFI fellowship enabled me to conduct already has led into follow-up studies that address some of the necessary weaknesses of my pilot study.

Future Plans

After I finish my Ph.D., I want to have a job where I can teach individuals and communities about science-based health interventions, and be part of a community that works to create positive change in regard to human and environmental health.


Howard Friedman