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The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research

Susan Tortolero Emery, PhD

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Distinguished Teaching Professor
Allan King Professor of Public Health



Distinguished Teaching Professor, Health Promotion, Behavioral Science and Epidemiology

Allan King Professor of Public Health

Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Research Affairs

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests

Sexual Risk Taking
Substance Use
Violence Mental Health
Prevention Research
Pregnancy Prevention
Cross-cultural Research
Gender Equity

Phone: +1 (713) 500-9091

Current Projects

We Can Do More Houston: Disseminating Proven Strategies to Reduce Teen Pregnancy through Improved Contraception Access

We Can Do More is a multi-level community based intervention targeting health clinics, schools, youth serving organizations and faith-based institutions. The goal of WCDM is to increase the capacity of participating organizations/agencies to address teen pregnancy and contraception access with proven strategies and programs.

Be Legendary - Developing a Multi-Component Teen Pregnancy Prevention Intervention for Male Teens

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A theoretically-based and youth-centered approach to reduce unplanned teen birth among male adolescents

Me and You: Building Healthy Relationships

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Some middle school programs have been shown to elicit positive behavioral change related to teen dating violence; however, most school-based middle school programs have been developed for and/or evaluated for older, predominantly white adolescents. Me & You is among one of the first programs to have been developed and shown to be effective in reducing dating violence perpetration for ethnic minority middle school youth and to include components from multiple levels of the socio-ecological model.

Mobilizing Community Partnerships for Effective Sex Education in Middle School

While significant progress has been made in the development of effective programs to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among youth, there has been little progress made in their widespread dissemination to schools. Using community-based participatory research methods, researchers at UTHealth developed iCHAMPSS, an innovative, theory- and Web-based decision support system designed to facilitate the adoption, implementation, and maintenance of adolescent sexual health evidence-based programs in schools.

Recent News

Tortolero Emery honored by Children’s Defense Fund

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Susan Tortolero Emery, Ph.D., was honored as one of two “Champions of Children” at a luncheon held by the Children’s Defense Fund on May 18, 2017. The award is given to those who work to change the odds for children and teens through research, education, and action in health sciences. Emery is senior associate dean of academic and research affairs and a professor of epidemiology and health promotion and behavioral sciences here at UTHealth School of Public Health.

Tortolero Emery elected to Shine Academy

Susan Tortolero Emery, Ph.D., has been elected to The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine., M.D., Academy of Health Science Education.

Susan Tortolero Emery receives UTHealth's 2016 President's Award for Leadership

Susan Tortolero Emery, Ph.D., received the UTHealth President's Award for Leadership in the "outstanding faculty" category.

Emery receives American Chemical Society award

Robert J. Emery, DrPH,has been selected to receive the 2012 Howard Fawcett Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety.