Faculty and Staff

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Robert Addy, PhD

Faculty Associate

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9758
Room Number: UCT 2612 (Houston)

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John S. Atkinson, DrPH

Faculty Associate

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9663
Room Number: UCT 2512 (Houston)

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Elizabeth G. Baumler, PhD

Faculty Associate

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9684
Room Number: UCT 2632 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Multilevel modeling
  • youth risk behavior
  • population health
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Paula Cuccaro, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9684
Room Number: UCT 2632 (Houston)

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Casey Durand, PhD

Ast Pr Hlth Promo & Behv Scnc

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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Maria E. Fernandez, PhD

Professor & DirCtrHP&PR

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9626
Room Number: UCT 2080 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Cancer control
  • Hispanic populations
  • informed decision-making health promotion planning and evaluation
  • health informatics
  • health communications
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Maria E. Fernandez-Esquer, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9657
Room Number: UCT 2518 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • AIDS and cancer prevention
  • perception of risk
  • ethnic differences in health beliefs and behaviors
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Kayo Fujimoto, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9766
Room Number: UCT 2514 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Social network analysis
  • Affiliation network analysis
  • Categorical data analysis
  • HIV/STD transmission risk network
  • MSM populations
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Adolescent substance use
  • Risk-taking health behavior
  • Community coalition networks
  • Work and organizations
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Medical Sociology
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Kimberly Johnson

Faculty Associate

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9616
Room Number: UCT 2657 (Houston)

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Christine Markham, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9646
Room Number: UCT 2622 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent and child health
  • including HIV
  • STD and pregnancy prevention
  • substance use prevention
  • chronic disease management
  • influence of parental factors
  • qualitative research
  • outcome and process evaluation
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Sheryl A. McCurdy, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9633
Room Number: UCT 2572 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • STDs
  • HIV/AIDS
  • substance abuse
  • women’s health
  • violence
  • underserved populations
  • health disparities
  • qualitative research
  • global health studies
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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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Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH

Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9658
Room Number: UCT 2522 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Health promotion for disadvantaged or incarcerated women
  • transtheoretical model of behavior change
  • contraception and STD/HIV risk reduction
  • informed decision making for cancer and other screening tests
  • patient education
  • evaluation methods
  • systematic review and meta-analysis
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Melissa Fleschler Peskin, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9759
Room Number: UCT 2616 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Child and adolescent health
  • specifically in HIV
  • STD
  • and pregnancy prevention
  • violence
  • bullying
  • cyberbullying
  • intervention development and program evaluation
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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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Eric Alan Ratliff, PhD

Faculty Associate

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9653
Room Number: UCT 2628 (Houston)

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Angelica Roncancio, PhD

Ast Pr Hlth Promo & Behv Scnc

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9621
Room Number: UCT 2516 (Houston)

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Lara Staub Savas, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9638
Room Number: UCT 2520 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • social epidemiology
  • health disparities (race/ethnicity
  • gender and socioeconomic)
  • cancer prevention and control for cervical
  • breast and colorectal cancers
  • the community health worker /promotora model in community-based cancer prevention research
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Ross Shegog, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9677
Room Number: UCT 2668 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Application of instructional and/or decision-support technology in health promotion and disease prevention including pediatric asthma management
  • prevention and cessation of adolescent and young adult tobacco use
  • prevention of HIV
  • STD
  • and pregnancy in middle school children
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Paul R. Swank, PhD

Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9660
Room Number: UCT 2530 (Houston)

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Wendell Taylor, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9635
Room Number: UCT 2670 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • physical activity
  • workplace health promotion
  • health disparities
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Susan Tortolero Emery, PhD

Allan King Prof in Public Health & Sr Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research Services

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9091
Room Number: RAS W118A (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Adolescence
  • children
  • sexual risk taking
  • STDs
  • pregnancy
  • substance use
  • violence mental health
  • depression
  • Hispanics
  • prevention research
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Sally W. Vernon, PhD

Blair Justice, PhD Professor in Mind-Body Medicine & Public Health, & Chair, Department of HPBS

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9764
Room Number: UCT 2560 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Cancer prevention and control for breast
  • cervical and colorectal cancers
  • informed decision making for prostate cancer testing
  • psychosocial issues in cancer genetic testing
  • measurement of psychosocial constructs
  • reliability and validity of self-report cancer screening behaviors
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J. Michael Wilkerson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

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Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9974
Room Number: UCT 2620 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • HIV/STI Prevention
  • Substance Use
  • LGBTQ Health Disparities
  • Sex Education
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Angelina Wittich

Faculty Associate

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Phone Number: (210) 276-9008
Room Number: OTC 1112 (Houston)

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