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 2659 (Houston)

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Marlyn Allicock, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (214) 648-1080

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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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L. Kay Bartholomew, EdD

Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9786
Room Number: RAS W238 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Self-management of pediatric chronic disease
  • health education/promotion intervention
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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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Louis Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (915) 747-8506
Room Number: 096 409 (El Paso)

Research Interests:

  • Community coalitions
  • Self-help and mutual support
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Delinquency prevention
  • Parenting
  • Mental illness
  • Implementation science
  • Program engagement
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Michael Businelle, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (214) 648-1070
Room Number: 00V V8.300 (Dallas)

Research Interests:

  • Interventions targeting smoking and other substance use disorders
  • race/ethnic and socioeconomic influences on substance use cessation
  • modeling of psychosocial mediators of the relation between socioeconomic status and substance use cessation
  • decision making and risk taking in substance users
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Margaret O. Caughy, ScD

Professor & Interim Regional Dean, Dallas Regional Campus

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (214) 648-1052
Room Number: 0BL 204.F (Dallas)

Research Interests:

  • Child development
  • parenting
  • poverty
  • maternal and child health
  • program evaluation
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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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Pamela M. Diamond, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9979
Room Number: UCT 2614 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Interface between criminal justice and mental health policy
  • psychiatric epidemiology
  • community reintegration for female offenders
  • and the use of latent variable models in public health research
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Maria E. Fernandez, PhD

Associate Professor & Chair of Diversity Programs

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 2558 (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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Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (214) 648-1054
Room Number: 00V V8.112B (Dallas)

Research Interests:

  • Develop and assess health promotion interventions concerning behavior change
  • investigate barriers to health promotion and community participation
  • methodological improvements to assess the health status of people with physical disabilities.
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Kayo Fujimoto, PhD

Assistant 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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Belinda Flores Hernandez, 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: (210) 276-9021
Room Number: OTC 1112 (San Antonio)

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Kimberly Johnson

Faculty Associate

Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9616
Room Number: UCT 2657

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Darla Kendzor, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (214) 648-1344
Room Number: 00V V8.106B (Dallas)

Research Interests:

  • cancer prevention
  • socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in modifiable disease risk factors
  • tobacco cessation and other health behavior change interventions for underserved populations
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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 2616 (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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Alfred L. McAlister, 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: (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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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 2630 (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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Cecilia Montano

Faculty Associate

Management, Policy & Community Health

Department: Management, Policy & Community Health
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9664
Room Number: UCT 2510F (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

Assistant 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 2658 (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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Ronald J. Peters, DrPH

Associate 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) 500-9642
Room Number: UCT 2618 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Sexual risk-taking behavior
  • design and analysis of drug use studies among youth and incarcerated populations
  • and cultural and economic aspects of health behaviors in underserved communities
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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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Jennifer Reingle, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (214) 648-1519
Room Number: 00V V8.112N (Dallas)

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Belinda M. Reininger, DrPH

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (956) 755-0654
Room Number: RAC N1.102E (Brownsville)

Research Interests:

  • Evaluation research
  • community based health promotion
  • health disparities
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Angelica Roncancio, PhD

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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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Vanessa Schick, PhD

Assistant Professor

Management, Policy & Community Health

Department: Management, Policy & Community Health
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9398
Room Number: RAS E917 (Houston)

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