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Faculty

Ralph DiClemente

Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Dean of Public Health Innovation
Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Ralph DiClemente focuses on developing intervention packages that blend community and technology-based approaches to optimize program effectiveness and enhance programmatic sustainability.

David B Abrams

Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. David Abrams focuses on systems thinking and social learning theory conceptual approaches to health enhancement and chronic disease prevention.

David Abramson

Clinical Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. David Abramson's work focuses on population health issues associated with disaster-related or stressor-related recovery and resiliency.

Ana Abraido-Lanza

Vice Dean of the School of Global Public Health
Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Ana Abraído-Lanza's research interests include studying the cultural, psychological, social, and structural factors that affect health, psychological well-being, and mortality among Latinos.

Mari Armstrong-Hough

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Mari Armstrong-Hough is Assistant Professor of Global Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Julie Anne Avina

Senior Associate Dean, Student and Alumni Affairs
Clinical Associate Professor of Global Health

As Senior Associate Dean of Student & Alumni Affairs, Julie Avina oversees the student experience as an advisor and mentor to our students.

Jennifer Cantrell

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Jennifer Cantrell, DrPH, MPA is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Julia Cartwright

Chief of Staff
Senior Associate Dean for Communications, Promotion and Public Affairs
Clinical Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

With her experience in social change communications, Associate Dean Julia Cartwright promotes the school's goals and mission domestically and internationally.

Virginia W Chang

Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Virginia Chang focuses on obesity and health disparities; the association of obesity with mortality and disability; and the relationships between health, medical technologies, and stratification.

Linda Collins

Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Linda Collins’ interests are in the development, dissemination, and application of the multiphase optimization strategy, a framework to optimize behavioral and social-structural interventions.

Stephanie Cook

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Stephanie Cook aims to understand the pathways and mechanisms linking attachment, minority stress, and health among disadvantaged individuals.

Karyn E Faber

Director of Undergraduate Experiential Learning
Clinical Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Karyn E. Faber's areas of expertise are program planning, implementation, management, and evaluation in varied settings including community-based organizations and philanthropic entities.

Holly Hagan

Professor

Dr. Hagan’s research has examined blood-borne and sexually-transmitted infections among people who use drugs, and her work has sought to understand the causes and consequences of substance use disorders.

Thomas Kirchner

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Kirchner uses mobile and GIS technologies to study the way neighborhood risk and protective factors affect health-related behavior and decision making in real-world contexts.

Alexis A Merdjanoff

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

At the intersection of public health and sociology, Dr. Merdjanoff work explores how social inequalities shape the impact of disaster on health, recovery, and resiliency.

Cheryl Merzel

Director of Doctor of Public Health Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Community Health Science & Practice Concentration

Cheryl Merzel has over 30 years’ experience in public health research, evaluation, program development, advocacy, and education.

Joyce Moon Howard

Director of Undergraduate Programs
Clinical Associate Professor of Community Health Science and Practice

Dr. Joyce Moon Howard's work seeks to understand community needs and is rooted in the community healthcare movement.

Raymond S Niaura

Interim Chair of the Department of Epidemiology
Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Raymond Niaura studies the biobehavioral substrates of tobacco dependence, including factors that influence adolescent and early adult tobacco use trajectories.

Nina S Parikh

Clinical Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Nina Parikh examines social, psychosocial, and cultural factors impacting ethnic-racial populations and developing strategies that mitigate inequities among the uninsured, immigrants, and elderly.

Emmanuel Peprah

Director of Implementation Science for Global Health
Assistant Professor of Global Health

Dr. Emmanuel Peprah’s research interests lie at the confluence of understanding what, why, and how some evidence-based interventions work in some populations and not others.

Lawrence H Yang

Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Larry Yang explores global mental health and how culture relates to stigma, in order to implement interventions that improve recovery from stigmatizing conditions, such as mental illness and HIV.
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