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Assistant Professor, Gordon Shen, PhD, SM, Discusses his experience and importance of AAPI Heritage Month

Shen on AAPI Month and Representation in Public Health

"Asian Americans are celebrated as indispensable threads in the American social fabric. Their invaluable, manifold contributions deserve to be highlighted," says Gordon Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health at UTHealth School of Public Health. 

As we celebrate and commemorate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we interviewed Shen on how his ethnicity has impacted his research and career, and how Americans can continue to honor and understand disparities and differences within cultures. 

“The Psychology of Resilience,” guest-edited by Jack Tsai, PhD, UTHealth School of Public Health San Antonio Campus Dean

Tsai serves as guest editor for American Psychological Association Journals, Limited Special Series on, “The Psychology of Resilience"

Published in April 2022, each of the four journals covers a specific focus on different areas of study in resilience research including Psychological Services, Healthy Psychology, Military Psychology, and Psychological Trauma. Serving as lead guest editor, Tsai oversaw the print and publication of all four special journal issues.

Alumni Benedicta Anikputa appointed by Governor Abbott to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force

Alumni Benedicta Anikputa appointed by Governor Abbott to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force

Alongside other task force members, Anikputa will coordinate the design and implementation of the state’s plan for the prevention, early screening, diagnosis, and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD).


Shen on AAPI Month and Representation in Public Health

Assistant Professor, Gordon Shen, PhD, SM, Discusses his experience and importance of AAPI Heritage Month

May 15, 2022

"Asian Americans are celebrated as indispensable threads in the American social fabric. Their invaluable, manifold contributions deserve to be highlighted," says Gordon Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health at UTHealth School of Public Health. 

As we celebrate and commemorate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we interviewed Shen on how his ethnicity has impacted his research and career, and how Americans can continue to honor and understand disparities and differences within cultures. 




“How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate,” Earns Distinction with Multiple Awards

Laura Moore and students in the UTHealth School of Public Health Nourish Garden

May 9, 2022

The award-winning cookbook is a hardcover 282-page book that tells the remarkable story of the UTHealth School of Public Health’s Nourish Program. The book is a journey that starts with a 5,000-square foot garden and offers dozens of beautifully illustrated recipes grouped by fruit, flowers, seeds, tubers, spices, stems, and shoots.


Patient Empowerment and Engagement to Improve Chronic Illness, as Published in JAMA Network Open

Naik leads as senior author for work published in JAMA Network Open on,

May 4, 2022

Published in May of 2022 in the JAMA Network Open, the article “Comparison of Collaborative Goal Setting With Enhanced Education for Managing Diabetes-Associated Distress and Hemoglobin A1c Levels” was published, with contributions by Aanand Naik, MD, professor, and chair for the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health as the senior investigator and corresponding author.




Jones, et al. awarded $1.5 million grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense

Eric Jones, Phd Head Shot

April 12, 2022

The project, “Response to Shocks and Hazards Associated with Climate” was selected as one of 17 recipients, developing comprehensive modeling of cultural transformations in dozens of societies over the last 200 years in response to shocks and hazards associated with climate in concert with Co-Principal Investigators from the Human Relations Area Files at Yale (Carol Ember), University of Tennessee Knoxville (Sergey Gavrilets) and Stanford University (Michele Gelfand).


Program receives $500,000 funding to assess a father’s role in the early childhood development of the brain

Program receives $500,000 funding to assess a father’s role in the early childhood development of the brain

April 6, 2022

Designed in partnership with a community advisory board to address gaps previously identified by the partners in father engagement, and to improve understanding of a father’s role in early brain development of their children. BSD intends to obtain an increased knowledge of brain health development in these critical early years by serving 125 males between the ages of 18-35 years of age, who are residents of Tyler, Texas currently expecting or have a child under 3 years of age.



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