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Lawrence H Yang

Chair and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Director, Global Center for Implementation Science
Founding Director, Global Mental Health and Stigma Program
Dr. Lawrence Yang explores global mental health and how culture relates to stigma, to implement interventions that improve recovery from stigmatizing conditions, such as mental illness and HIV.

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.

Mari Armstrong-Hough

Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology
Dr. Mari Armstrong-Hough’s research examines the epidemiological interfaces of tuberculosis (TB), HIV, and non-communicable diseases among high-burden populations.

Jennifer Cantrell

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

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 of 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 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Dr. Stephanie Cook’s research focus is to understand how structural- and individual-level minority stressors contribute to mental health, physical health, and health behaviors across the life span.

Adolfo Cuevas

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Adolfo Cuevas uses population-level datasets and statistical methods to understand how psychosocial determinants “get under the skin” and increase the risk of aging-related diseases.

Ralph DiClemente

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.

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.

Kate Guastaferro

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement and Dissemination of Intervention Optimization
Dr. Kate Guastaferro's work is devoted to the development, optimization, implementation and evaluation of effective, efficient, affordable and scalable interventions with high public health impact.

Thomas Kirchner

Associate 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

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.

Joyce Moon Howard

Director of Undergraduate Programs
Clinical Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Community Health Science and Practice
Interim Director 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.

Jillian Strayhorn

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Jillian Strayhorn's research focuses on the complex multi-criteria decision-making that goes into optimizing interventions to achieve public health impact.
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