Faculty

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Jennifer Salinas, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Division: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Hispanic Health Research Center
Phone Number: 956-882-5755
Room Number: RAC S2.330B

Research Interests:

  • Social context of chronic disease
  • social epidemiology and health disparities
  • Mexican American health
  • Mexico to US immigration and health
  • demography
  • aging
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Lara Staub Savas, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

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

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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Arnold J. Schecter, MD, MPH

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Division: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: 214-648-1096
Room Number: 00V V8.112E

Research Interests:

  • Exposure assessment
  • environmental epidemiology
  • persistent organic pollutants (POPS)
  • especially dioxins and related compounds and also brominated flame retardants
  • Agent Orange
  • Dioxins in Vietnam
  • Cambodia and Laos
  • the USA
  • Russia
  • Israel and Palestinian Areas
  • Germany
  • China
  • and Japan
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Vanessa Schick, PhD

Assistant Professor

Management, Policy & Community Health

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

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Lynn Schroth, DrPH

Professor of Management, Policy & Community Health

Management, Policy & Community Health

Division: Management, Policy & Community Health
Center: Fleming Center
Phone Number: 713-500-9198
Room Number: RAS W340

Research Interests:

  • Healthcare Management and Strategic Planning
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William J. Schull, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: 713-500-9806
Room Number: RAS E411

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Beatrice J. Selwyn, ScD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Division: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Unaffiliated
Phone Number: 713-500-9272
Room Number: RAS E607

Research Interests:

  • Perinatal and pediatric epidemiology
  • international health
  • health survey methodology
  • rapid epidemiologic assessment methods
  • studies of the future of public health
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Ken Sexton, ScD, MBA

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Division: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: 956-882-5165

Research Interests:

  • Human exposure analysis
  • health risk assessment
  • environmental risk management
  • environmental health policy
  • business environment interactions
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Shreela V. Sharma, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

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

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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Margery W. Shaw

Professor Emeritus

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Ross Shegog, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

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

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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Lara M. Simpson, PhD

Faculty Associate

Biostatistics

Division: Biostatistics
Center: Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials
Phone Number: 713-500-9503
Room Number: RAS W938

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Mary Ann Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health, & Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Division: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: 713-500-9236
Room Number: RAS W214

Research Interests:

  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of nephrotoxicity
  • in-vitro toxicology
  • environmental justice
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Andrew E. Springer, DrPH

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

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

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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Melissa Stigler, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

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

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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Thomas H. Stock, PhD

Associate Professor of Occupational & Environmental Health

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Division: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: 713-500-9279
Room Number: RAS W622

Research Interests:

  • Assessment of community and occupational pollutant exposures
  • characterization of major determinants of indoor and outdoor air quality
  • evaluation of air monitoring and industrial hygiene methods
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Lori S. Sullivan, PhD

Faculty Associate

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Division: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: 713-500-9819
Room Number: RAS W524

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Paul R. Swank, PhD

Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

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

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Michael Swartz, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biostatistics

Division: Biostatistics
Center: Unaffiliated
Phone Number: 713-500-9570
Room Number: RAS W942

Research Interests:

  • Bayesian Statistical methods with applications in Genetics
  • Epidemiology
  • and Behavioral Science
  • Model Averaging and Variable selection Methods
  • Disease Risk Modeling
  • Simulation Studies to evaluate Epidemiologic Methods
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J. Michael Swint, PhD

George McMillan Fleming Professor in Health Administration

Management, Policy & Community Health

Division: Management, Policy & Community Health
Center: Center for Health Services Research
Phone Number: 713-500-9158
Room Number: RAS E933

Research Interests:

  • Economic evaluation of public health and health care interventions and health care policy alternatives
  • comparative healthcare systems
  • health care system reform
  • health and economic development
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Elaine Symanski, PhD

Associate Professor & Director, Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Division: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: 713-500-9238
Room Number: RAS W1028

Research Interests:

  • Development of quantitative methods for modeling occupational and environmental exposures
  • retrospective exposure assessment for workplace contaminants
  • investigation of health effects related to occupational and environmental exposures
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