Carol Aneshensel, Ph.D., Professor
Examines disparities in mental health risk, especially gender and SES. Focuses on social stress and psychosocial resources such as social support. Current work examines impact of neighborhood structure, caregiving. Adolescent and aged populations.
Linda B. Bourque, Ph.D., Professor
Natural, technological and human-initiated disasters; intentional and unintentional injury; ophthalmic clinical trials (e.g., PRK, LASIK); and research methodology with particular attention to the design, data processing and analysis of data collected with questionnaires in population-based surveys.
Chandra Ford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Social epidemiology, in particular, racism-related factors as social determinants of health; health disparities/health inequities; HIV/AIDS prevention; Critical Race Theory; sexual minority health; access to care.
Osman Galal, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
International health policies; health in developing countries with particular emphasis on the Middle East. Growth and development in children. School children health and nutrition as related to education.
Gilbert C. Gee, Ph.D., Professor
Racism and other forms of structural oppression (e.g., ageism, classism); racial and ethnic health disparities; stressors at the individual and community level; environmental justice.
Jessica D. Gipson, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor
International reproductive health; fertility preferences; family planning; unintended pregnancy; abortion; HIV/AIDS; influence of gender and socio-cultural context on couple communication, reproductive decision-making and outcomes; mixed-method research.
Deborah Glik, Sc.D., Professor
Health communication research including implementation and evaluation of an FAS prevention campaign, pretesting and scripting of bioterrorism preparedness messages, risk communication for environmental hazards, entertainment media advocacy in areas of childhood disease prevention, injury prevention, smoking, and disaster preparedness. Additionally development of multimedia health curricula for children, patients, and providers.
Michael S. Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor
[On campus-wide assignment for 2012-13]
Sociology of medicine and health promotion; complementary and alternative medicine.
Gail Harrison, Ph.D., Professor
International health and nutrition; pediatric and maternal nutrition; dietary and nutritional status assessment.
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Ph.D., M.A., M.N., R.N., FAAN Professor
Health disparities in cancer control among diverse ethnic populations; development of cross-culturally valid concepts and measures to expand existing behavior theories in PH using qualitative research methods, and applied through intervention studies primarily in the Asian American communities. Cultural competency training for health professionals, doctor/patient communication, and end-of-life care in multicultural populations.
Donald E. Morisky, Sc.D., M.S.P.H., Sc.M., Professor
Planning and evaluation of patient- and community-based health education programs; international health; adherence to medical recommendations; STI/HIVAIDS prevention; hypertension, diabetes, and tuberculosis control (adolescents and adults).
Anne Pebley, Ph.D., Professor
Website: http://bixby.ucla.edu and
Demographic and population policy; maternal and child health; social determinants of health behavior.
Michael Prelip, D.P.A., M.P.H., C.H.E.S., C.P.H., Adjunct Professor/Field Program Supervisor
Website: http://www.ph.ucla.edu/fieldstudies/chsdpt.html and
Development and evaluation of health promotion interventions including: the Nutrition Friendly Schools and Community Model; evaluation of the school-based nutrition programs of the Los Angeles Unified School District; development of evaluation of after-school nutrition and physical activity programs; adolescent health literacy using social media; school and community based organizations' readiness for emergency response; and a variety of communication capacity development projects in Senegal.
Kimberley Shoaf, Dr.P.H., Associate Professor in Residence
Public health impact of disasters; program planning and evaluation; international health; health in the Latino community.
Judith M. Siegel, Ph.D., M.S.Hyg., Professor, Department Vice Chair
Psychological response to natural and human perpetrated disasters; obesity prevention for students and personnel in the Los Angeles Unified School District; health promotion in minority communities, with particular emphasis on chronic disease prevention.
Dawn Upchurch, Ph.D., Professor
Women's health and well being over the life course; complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and women's health, especially Traditional Chinese Medicine and women's reproductive health during mid-life; biosocial models of health; social demography; adolescent reproductive health.
Ondine S. von Ehrenstein, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., Assistant Professor
Global pediatric and maternal health; cognitive development, respiratory diseases, pregnancy outcomes; environmental and lifestyle factors; epidemiology; child-focused research in low-income countries and communities.
Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D., Professor, Department Chair
Access to health care and health equity for older people, including projects that identify inequities in health status and in the use of health services for Latino, African American, Asian American, and American Indian elders; analyses of public policies that impact older adults; access to health care and public policies for immigrants from Latin America; organizational capacity building projects in communities of color; and projects that investigate equity of access for the elderly to health resources within and between countries in Latin America.
May C. Wang, Dr.P.H., Associate Professor
Social and physical environmental determinants of diet-related conditions with a focus on childhood obesity; immigrant food-related behaviors, and evaluations of nutrition programs for children.
Marion Taylor Baer, Ph.D., R.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
Nutrition policies and programs (domestic); maternal and child health; access to care, especially primary and preventive care, for children with special needs; nutritional status of children with developmental disabilities.
Diana Bontá, R.N., Dr.P.H., Adjunct Professor
Public health leadership and program development; managerial and policy solutions to community health issues
Elizabeth D’Amico, Ph.D., Lecturer
Substance abuse and risk behaviors among adolescents; prevention and intervention; clinical psychology.
Alina Dorian, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Emergency public health (domestic & international); disaster relief; health education and health systems management; child health; reproductive health.
Helen DuPlessis, M.D., M.P.H., Adjunct Associate Professor
Managed care; prenatal care and substance abuse.
David Eisenman, M.D., M.S.H.S, Associate Professor in Residence
Community resilience; disasters; climate change.
Daniel H. Ershoff, Dr.P.H., Adjunct Professor
Survey research methods; HMOs; smoking cessation; applied evaluation research; cost-effectiveness analysis.
Janet C. Frank, Dr.P.H., Adjunct Associate Professor
Geriatrics and gerontology education and program evaluation; aging and health behavior; health promotion for older adults; translating geriatrics research into higher quality health care practice.
Daphna Gans, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
Aging; children with special health care needs and pediatric palliative care; individuals with developmental disabilities; health policy and health care reform implementation.
Tiffani Garnett, M.P.H., Lecturer
College student health and wellness promotion and education; HIV/AIDS; mind/body connection; stress reduction education; college alcohol use.
Sheba M. George, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
Health disparities in the US and abroad; sociology of immigrant communities, race/ethnicity, gender relations and globalization/transnationalism; qualitative & quantitative social research methodology.
Kimberly Gregory, M.D., M.P.H., Professor in Residence
Health services research; maternal quality of care, cesarean delivery (appropriateness); VBAC, health disparities in pregnancy outcomes.
Nikita Gupta, M.P.H., Lecturer
Enhancement of student well-being through wellness education: stress management, meditation, cognitive theory, identity development. Campus harm reduction activities including alcohol risk minimization and peer health education program development.
Ron Halbert, M.D., Adjunct Professor
Epidemiology of chronic respiratory disease; pharmaceutical and biotech industry; intentional disasters.
Martine U. Hall, M.S., Lecturer
Student residential life; alcohol and drug intervention; healthy eating; career and financial advisement; graduate school admission; diversity issues; conflict resolution and mediation; time management and study skills.
David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Clinical nutrition and obesity; endocrinology and metabolism; cancer; women’s health.
Dena Herman, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Maternal and child health; nutritional assessment with a focus on dietary quality; food security; health disparities of underserved populations; international nutrition.
Katherine Jakle, PsyD, Lecturer
Crisis intervention; individual & group psychotherapy for undergraduate and graduate students; student veteran issues.
Robert Kim-Farley, M.D., M.P.H., Professor in Residence
Currently serves as the Director, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Major areas of expertise are the reduction, elimination and eradication of communicable diseases in populations; and the use of epidemiology for evidence-based health policy.
Susan D. Kirby, Dr. P.H., M.P.H., Lecturer
Working with health-related organizations to integrate social
marketing and health communication into programmatic and
organizational change efforts; research and evaluation for
social marketing projects.
Joel D. Kopple, M.D., Professor in Residence
General nutrition; amino acid metabolism; nutrition in acute and chronic renal failure; nutrition in maintenance hemodialysis and chronic peritoneal dialysis patients; nutrition in renal transplant recipients; metabolic response to exercise training.
Eve Lahijani, M.S., R.D., Lecturer
Nutrition, fitness, body image and disordered eating; health promotion and risk reduction for students; program development and intervention.
Cathy Lang, Ph.D., M.P.H., Lecturer
Health communication research, in particular the design and evaluation of digital and traditional forms of health education materials.
Vanessa Luke, M.A., Lecturer
Identity development, social justice, stress management, communications, teacher training, social media, branding, higher education, active learning, gender & sexuality, culture creation, cosmopolitanism, Latin American human rights, acting pedagogy, media/visual anthropology, performance studies, cinema arts and cultures.
Gia Marson, Ed.D., Lecturer
Psychology and eating disorders; individual and group therapy; empirically supported, peer-led, eating disorders prevention.
Kristen McKinney, Ph.D., Lecturer
Student learning and development, particularly mental health and identity formation; program evaluation and assessment of learning outcomes.
Rena Orenstein, M.P.H., Lecturer
College student health and wellness promotion and education; mind/body connection; stress reduction education; college alcohol use.
Michael G. Ross, M.D., Professor
Pregnancy, prenatal care and fetal development.
Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D., Professor
Child and community psychology and psychiatry. Design, implementation and dissemination of cognitive behavioral interventions for multiple populations, including high risk youth and families. Development and implementation of programs promoting healthy lifestyles for families, and decreasing risk of negative health and mental health outcomes for high risk populations. Research interests also include HIV/AIDS prevention with adolescents, suicide among adolescents, homeless youths, assessment and modification of children's social skills, ethnic identity, group processes, and cross-ethnic interactions.
Steven Rottman, M.D., Adjunct Professor
Emergency medicine and disaster relief; infectious diseases; preparing public health agencies for man-made and natural disasters; interaction of public health other emergency management agencies; EMS systems and prehospital care.
Wendelin Slusser, M.D., M.S., Adjunct Associate Professor
Breastfeeding policy and promotion; international maternal and child health; child nutrition with a focus on school based intervention programs; Pediatric Residency Education with a focus on Community Pediatrics.
Samuel Stratton, M.D., M.P.H., Adjunct Professor
Health risk assessment for local community disaster hazards using verified models; defining priority rural Public Health issues including demographics of access to health care at the US-Mexico Border; health care sector capacity in public health disasters, or the ability of the acute health care system to develop "surge" capacity in disasters; exploration of current research techniques and methods used in public health disaster research.
Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Lecturer
Medical anthropology; disease and health services in Latin America.
Paula Tavrow, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly of adolescents; community-based approaches to improve women and children's health in sub-Saharan Africa; performance of health providers in under-resourced clinics and hospitals.
M. Cristina Tirado, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
Health, food and nutrition security adaptation strategies to climate change; health impact assessment of agriculture and trade policies; risk-benefit analysis of food consumption, food production and new food technologies on health and environmental health; global food safety.
Minh C. Tran, Ph.D., M.A., Lecturer
Planning, implementing, and assessing campus-wide programs and curricula to promote diversity and intergroup relations.
Joanne Valli-Meredith, Ph.D., Lecturer
Evaluation and educational assessment tools and programs.
Paolo Velasco, M.A., Lecturer
College student learning and development; stress reduction education; mind/body connection; intergroup dialogue; educational benefits of diversity; campus climate assessment practices; college experiences of students from foster care.
Valentine M. Villa, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
Gerontology and aging; Health Disparities among the Older adult population; the Impact of racism / discrimination on health; the differential Impact of public policy on Diverse populations; social, health, and economic issues affecting minority elderly and their families.