Josh Bader is the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit Chief for the Data Informed Futures (DIF) project. In this capacity, Josh is responsible for the mapping products related to all of the primary data collections tools. These data include the Early Development Instrument (EDI), Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) and Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ). Additionally, Josh plays an important role in developing new tools and visualizations that help make these important datasets more usable and actionable.

Josh received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Biological Sciences and Geography and a Master’s degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara in Geography. For the past 20+ years, Josh has worked in various GIS capacities for the Nebraska State Government, the University of California-Santa Barbara, the City of Santa Barbara, and now the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities.

MA, Geography, University of California-Santa Barbara
BS, Biological Sciences & Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Rible, R., Aguilar, E., Chen, A., Bader, J.L., Goodyear-Moya, L., Singh, K.T., Paulson, S.E., Friedman, J., Izadpanah, N., & Pregler, J. (2018). Exploration of spatial patterns of congenital anomalies in Los Angeles County using the vital statistics birth master file. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 190: 184.
Rible, R., Bader, J.L., Aguilar, E., Friedman, J., Grassian, J., Hsu, A., Kalbag, M., & Pregler, J. (2021). Spatial Distribution of Congenital Birth Anomaly Costs: Environmental and Geographic Exposure Associations in Los Angeles County. Proceedings of UCLA Health Volume 25.