Our Faculty

PUBLIC HEALTH

CORE FACULTY

PAUL BROWN

Health economics and health services research; behavioral health economics. Topics areas include: chronic disease prevention, tobacco and cannabis, return on investment and cost effectiveness of public health interventions, and discreet choice experiments

Email: pbrown3@ucmerced.edu

NANCY BURKE

Global health; social inequalities in health/health disparities; health behavior; cancer and chronic illness; oral health; medical anthropology; clinical trials recruitment/research participation; refugees; survivorship; immigration; health literacy

Email: nburke2@ucmerced.edu

RICARDO CISNEROS

Environmental exposure and health; air quality research and management; impacts of forest fires on air quality and health, ozone distribution and exposure in the Sierra Nevada region; environmental health

Email: rcisneros@ucmerced.edu

maria-elena de trinidad young

Immigration policy; citizenship and legal status, national, state, and local policy; immigrant integration and criminalization; health care access; social determinants of health

Email: mariaelena@ucmerced.edu

KARINA DIAZ RIOS

Nutrition education and behavior: development, adaptation, and evaluation of theory-based, culturally sensitive nutrition interventions; community nutrition: diet-related disease prevention in vulnerable communities

Email: kdiazrios@ucmerced.edu

SIDRA GOLDMAN-MELLOR

Psychosocial adversity and health; epidemiology of depression and suicidal behavior; influence of psychological disorders on physical health and economic potential; intersections between mental health and violence

Email: sgoldman-mellor@ucmerced.edu

mariaelena gonzalez

Health disparities; tobacco control; the effects of the environment on individual-level risk behaviors; generational disparities in risk and prevention behaviors among racial/ethnic minorities; oral health

Email: mgonzalez82@ucmerced.edu

SANDIE HA

Epidemiology; public health; perinatal health; neurodevelopment; maternal and child health; chronic diseases; environmental health

Email: sha55@ucmerced.edu

ANDREA JOYCE

Public health entomology, alternatives to pesticides, vector borne disease, population genetics, vector ecology, environmental health, healthy agricultural communities, integrated pest management

Email: ajoyce2@ucmerced.edu

DENISE PAYAN

Health policy: nutrition and obesity policy research; food insecurity; state health policymaking; advocacy coalitions; program and policy evaluations.

Email: dpayan@ucmerced.edu

A. SUSANA RAMIREZ

Health communication; communication in social and structural inequalities in health; cancer and chronic disease prevention; nutrition, food, and obesity; Latino health

Email: sramirez37@ucmerced.edu

STEPHEN WOODING

Population genetics; genetic influences on taste perception; taste perception and tobacco use; genetic structure in worldwide populations; natural selection in human and primate populationsic structure in worldwide populations; natural selection in human and primate populations

Email: swooding@ucmerced.edu

IRENE YEN

Epidemiology, social determinants, public housing, educational attainment

Email: iyen@ucmerced.edu

AFFILIATED FACULTY

MIRIAM BARLOW

Bacteria; predicting the evolution of antibiotic resistance; testing evolutionary theory

Email: mbarlow@ucmerced.edu

LINDA CAMERON

Health communications and psychosocial interventions; cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; cognitive and emotional processes and self-regulation; theoretically-based interventions and refining psychological theory; development and evaluation of psychosocial support programs; techniques for stress management and smoking cessation; risk communications and tobacco use

Email: lcameron@ucmerced.edu

jeff gilger

Epidemiology of twice exceptionality (learning disabilities alongside high abilities in specific areas), brain imaging studies of twice exceptional and spatially talented individuals, age-related changes in spatial learning in atypical groups, genetic correlates of dyslexia and twice exceptional learning disabilities, and brain injury

Email: jgilger@ucmerced.edu

KURT SCHNIER

Conducting policy analysis in the fields of health and environmental and resource economics, response of physicians and hospitals to current and impeding regulations that impact the provision of health care, the efficient utilization of donated organs and deceased donor organ allocation mechanism

Email: kschnier@ucmerced.edu

ANNA SONG

Adolescent and young adult decision-making and risk behaviors; tobacco use initiation, continuation, and cessation; risk factors for sex initiation; relationship between perceptions, attitudes, and risk behaviors; predictors of health-related perceptions and attitudes; risk communication efficacy; ethnic differences in risk behaviors

Email: asong5@ucmerced.edu

JAN WALLANDER

Health psychology and developmental psychopathology; Interactions between behavior and health in children and adolescents; effects of chronic disease or disability on quality of life in childhood; behavioral interventions to improve health and quality of life in children and adolescents

Email: jwallander@ucmerced.edu

DEBORAH WIEBE

Health and pediatric psychology; social support and developmental factors; coping with and managing chronic illnesses such as diabetes

Email: dwiebe@ucmerced.edu

Contact

IRENE YEN

Public Health Graduate Program Chair

Email: iyen@ucmerced.edu

Website: publichealth.ucmerced.edu

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