Faculty and Staff

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Courtney Erin Byrd-Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2508
Room Number: UTA 6.338 (Austin)

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Casey Durand, PhD

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Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (713) 500-9685
Room Number: UCT 2532 (Houston)

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Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD

McGovern Professor & Regional Dean

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2510
Room Number: UTA 6.310 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Design
  • implementation and evaluation of nutrition and physical activity programs for children
  • school foodservice personnel
  • and minority populations
  • prevention of chronic diseases
  • evaluation of legislative policies
  • development and evaluation of dietary and physical activity assessment methods
  • epidemiologic studies of child nutrition
  • physical activity and behavioral risk factors
  • diet-gene interactions
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Alfred L. McAlister, PhD

Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2520
Room Number: UTA 6.342 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Tobacco policy
  • violence prevention
  • peace and conflict
  • health disparities
  • advocacy and mass communication
  • international health
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Laura Moore, M.Ed, RD, LD

Dietetic Specialist

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (713) 500-9347
Room Number: RAS E1033 (Houston)

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Donna Nichols, MSEd

Community Health Specialist

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2514
Room Number: UTA 6.342 (Austin)

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Guy S. Parcel, PhD

Dean Emeritus

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2519

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Cheryl Perry, PhD

Professor & Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Society & Health

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2536
Room Number: UTA 6.314 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Design
  • development
  • implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs for children and adolescents. In particular
  • smoking and alcohol use prevention
  • healthy eating and physical activity
  • school-based
  • peer
  • family
  • and community programs
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Jeanne Piga- Plunkett

Dietetic Specialist

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (713) 500-9346
Room Number: RAS E1033 (Houston)

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Nalini Ranjit, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2527
Room Number: UTA 6.334 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Social disparities in health
  • obesity epidemiology
  • methodological advances in evaluation of complex interventions
  • design of nutrition interventions for preschool children
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Andrew E. Springer, DrPH

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2523
Room Number: UTA 6.344 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent health promotion
  • physical activity
  • childhood obesity prevention
  • socio-ecological influences of health behavior
  • epidemiology of child and adolescent health behaviors in Latin America
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Alexandra Van den Berg, PhD

Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2529
Room Number: UTA 6.328 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Child and adolescent health promotion through interventions with parents and schools
  • obesity prevention
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