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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Marlyn Allicock, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (972) 546-2932
Room Number: 00V V7.116C (Dallas)

Research Interests:

  • Cancer prevention & control
  • evaluating evidence based interventions
  • peer support interventions
  • health disparities
  • health communication
  • tailoring & technology for health promotions & dissemination & implementation research
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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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Jessica Austin, MPH

Assistant Instructor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (972) 546-2931
Room Number: 00V V8.112A (Houston)

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Kimberly Baker, DrPH

Assistant Professor

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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Louis Brown, PhD

Associate Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Website

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (915) 747-8506
Room Number: 255 486 (El Paso)

Research Interests:

  • Health Equity|Behavioral/Mental Health|Adolescent Health|Border Health|Substance Use
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Yuh-Pey Buu, 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 2516 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral/Mental Health|Adolescent Health|Biostatistics|Genetics and -omics|Substance Use
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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 6.338 (Houston)

Research Interests:

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

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Hispanic Health Research Center
Phone Number: (956) 755-0605

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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

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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 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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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 1109 (San Antonio)

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent Health|Health Education/Behavioral Sciences|Maternal and Child Health|Program Evaluation|Sexual 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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Lynn Ibekwe, MPH

Assistant Instructor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9623
Room Number: UCT 2510G (Houston)

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Christine Markham, PhD

Professor and Interim Chair

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 Health|Sexual Health|Health Education/Behavioral Sciences|Maternal and Child Health|Program Evaluation|Cardiovascular and Chronic Diseases|Injury and Violence|Physical Activity and Nutrition|Social Determinants of Health|Global 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 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 E1013 (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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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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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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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, MS

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 E1009 (Houston)

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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 6.334 (Houston)

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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Belinda M. Reininger, DrPH

Professor & Regional Dean, Brownsville Regional Dean

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Hispanic Health Research Center
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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Robert E. Roberts, PhD

Professor Emeritus

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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Lara Staub Savas, PhD

Assistant Professor

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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Laura Aubree Shay, PhD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Department: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (210) 276-9000
Room Number: OTC 1108 (San Antonio)

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent Health|Cancer|Cardiovascular and Chronic Diseases|Health Education/Behavioral Sciences|Health Services/Outcomes Research|Program Evaluation
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