The University of Texas Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research

About the CHPPR


The mission of the CHPPR is to conduct research to develop, evaluate, and disseminate health promotion and disease prevention programs in diverse settings and populations.

The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) has nearly 30 years of history advancing health promotion locally, nationally, and globally and draws from interdisciplinary expertise in behavioral science, health promotion and health education, epidemiology, statistics, and economics.



Maria Fernandez, PhD

Dr. Fernandez is the director of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at UTHealth School of Public Health in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences and the Division of Epidemiology.

See Dr. Fernandez’s faculty page


Christine Markham, PhDAssociate Director

Christine Markham, PhD

Dr. Markham is the Associate Director of CHPPR of research functions, deputy director of the UTPRC, and the principal investigator for All About Youth, an evaluation of abstinence-only and abstinence-plus program to prevent HIV, STI, and pregnancy among middle school students.

See Dr. Markham’s faculty page

Program Directors

Michael Ross, PhD, MPHInternational Program

Michael Ross, PhD, MPH

Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPHPre- and Post-Doctoral Training Programs

Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH

Susan Tortolero, PhDUT Prevention Research Center

Susan Tortolero Emery, PhD

Maria Fernandez, PhDCancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) – Latinos in a Network for Cancer Control (LINCC)

Maria E. Fernandez, PhD