Faculty and Staff

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Dennis Andrulis, PhD

Associate Professor of Management, Policy & Community Health

Management, Policy & Community Health

Department: Management, Policy & Community Health
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2507
Room Number: UTA 6.306 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care
  • health care policy
  • health care reform and addressing the needs of culturally diverse and other vulnerable populations
  • integrating racially and ethnically diverse communities into public health emergency preparedness
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Henry S. Brown III, PhD

Associate Professor

Management, Policy & Community Health

Department: Management, Policy & Community Health
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2521
Room Number: UTA 6.348 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Effects of and demand for health insurance
  • immigrants and minority groups
  • economic evaluation of public health interventions
  • productivity costs of chronic illnesses
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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 6.304 (Austin)

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Melisa Creamer

Faculty Associate

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 482-6160
Room Number: UTA 6.308A (Austin)

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Melisa Creamer

Faculty Associate

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 482-6160
Room Number: WFB 1050-10 (Austin)

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R. Sue Day, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (713) 500-9317
Room Number: RAS E1027 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology
  • nutrition
  • dietary assessment methodology
  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancer
  • chronic disease
  • dietary interventions and health promotion
  • physical activity
  • Hispanic populations
  • children
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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 2664 (Houston)

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Alexandra Evans, PhD

Associate 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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Kelley Pettee Gabriel, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2525
Room Number: UTA 6.338 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behavior
  • epidemiology of physical activity and cardiovascular- and cancer- related health outcomes in women across the lifespan
  • physical activity and non-pharmacological lifestyle interventions for prevention or management of chronic disease
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Melissa Harrell, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2526
Room Number: UTA 6.336 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Child and adolescent health
  • global/international health
  • with special emphasis on India
  • tobacco prevention and cessation
  • obesity prevention
  • behavioral epidemiology
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Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD

John P. McGovern Professor in Health Promotion & Chair, Dell Center for Healthy Living

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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Steven H. Kelder, PhD

Beth Toby Grossman Distinguished Professor in Spirituality & Healing

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2511
Room Number: UTA 6.312 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of child and adolescent health
  • design and evaluation of school health promotion programs
  • particular emphasis on obesity
  • diet
  • physical activity
  • and substance use
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Harold Kohl III, PhD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2530
Room Number: UTA 6.326 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of physical activity
  • development of physical activity national guidelines
  • physical activity for chronic disease prevention
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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 6.308B (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
Room Number: UTA 6.350 (Austin)

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Adriana Perez, PhD

Associate Professor

Biostatistics

Department: Biostatistics
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2524
Room Number: UTA 6.340 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Statistical methods for handling missing data
  • statistical methods for epidemiological research (including modeling)
  • sampling and sample size issues in health studies and statistical methods to account for the uncertainty due to measurement error.
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Cheryl Perry, PhD

Professor & Regional Dean, Austin, & 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

Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

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

Research Interests:

  • Faculty Associate
  • School of Public Health
  • University of Texas
  • Austin Regional Campus (part-time)
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Robert E. Roberts, PhD

Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (210) 276-9023
Room Number: OTC 1110 (San Antonio)

Research Interests:

  • Cross-cultural research
  • psychiatric epidemiology
  • adolescent mental health
  • affective disorders
  • suicide
  • sleep disorders
  • obesity and mental health
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Shreela V. Sharma, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (713) 500-9344
Room Number: RAS E603 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral epidemiology with a focus on nutrition and physical activity
  • obesity prevention with an emphasis on early childhood especially in low-income
  • minority populations
  • obesity prevention in India.
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Andrew E. Springer, DrPH

Assistant 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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Daniel Taber, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

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

Research Interests:

  • Obesity policy research
  • Child obesity prevention
  • School nutrition and physical activity promotion
  • Health disparities
  • System dynamics
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Elizabeth Vandewater, PhD

Associate Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2522
Room Number: UTA 6.346 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Developmental epidemiology of obesity and chronic disease among children and adolescents
  • Uses of technology and bioinformatics for health behavior change
  • Statistical and methodological approaches for addressing multi-level change overtime and high resolution data
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Anna Wilkinson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2528
Room Number: UTA 6.332 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Primary prevention of smoking and obesity
  • promotion of physical activity
  • relative role that social factors (acculturation
  • psychosocial resources
  • and built environment) and genetic factors play in shaping the behaviors
  • gene-environment interactions.
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