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

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 6.334 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Maternal and Child Health|Physical Activity and Nutrition|Health Equity|Health Education/Behavioral Sciences|Program Evaluation
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Baojiang Chen, PhD

Associate Professor

Biostatistics

Department: Biostatistics
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2522
Room Number: UTA 6.346 (Austin)

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Kelley Pettee Gabriel, PhD

Associate 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 6.350 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology|Physical Activity and Nutrition|Cardiovascular and Chronic Diseases|Cancer
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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:

  • Adolescent Health|Global Health|Substance Use|Epidemiology|Maternal and Child Health
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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 6.314 (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

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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:

  • Physical Activity and Nutrition|Social Determinants of Health|Epidemiology|Cardiovascular and Chronic Diseases
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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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Adriana Perez, PhD

Professor

Biostatistics

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

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent Health|Big Data/Data Science|Biostatistics|Behavioral/Mental Health|Cancer|Border Health|Clinical Trials|Environmental and Occupational Health|Epidemiology|GIS/Spatio-temporal Data Analysis|Health Economics|Maternal and Child Health|Physical Activity and Nutrition|Program Evaluation|Social Determinants of Health|Health Education/Behavioral Sciences
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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 6.302 (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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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 6.328 (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 6.310 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Child and adolescent health promotion through interventions with parents and schools
  • obesity prevention
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Anna Wilkinson, PhD

Associate 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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