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Faculty Members

Research Focus Areas

Our faculty members consist of a diverse and interdisciplinary group of health disparities and equity researchers with areas of focus as follows:

  • Community-based participatory research 
  • LGBT health disparities
  • Nutrition and food sciences 
  • Healthcare management
  • Tobacco use
  • HIV and other STI disparities 
  • Mental health 
  • Medical sociology  
  • Health informatics
  • Many more

Under the current leadership team (since 2017), there has been a total of 18 peer-reviewed publications resulting from collaborations among such core faculty. For each faculty's research, please click on the names below under "Faculty Members."

Examples of Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
from CHE faculty collaborations.
This list is not comprehensive, but only provides a snapshot.

Ahmad M as lead author:
“You Do It without Their Knowledge.” Assessing Knowledge and Perception of Stealthing among College Students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(10), 3527. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17103527

Avina RM as lead author:
“I Actually Don’t Know What HIV Is”: A Mixed Methods Analysis of College Students’ HIV Literacy. Diseases. 8(1):1. DOI: 10.3390/diseases8010001

Becerra MB as lead author:
Experiences of violence and mental health outcomes among Asian American transgender adults in the United States. PLOS ONE. Mar 4;16(3):e0247812. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247812

Mshigeni SK as lead author:
 “We don’t all have the privilege of having our own quiet place”: College Students in a Hispanic Serving Institution during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Latinos and Education, pre-print available.


Faculty Members

Monideepa B. Becerra, DrPH, MPH, CHES
Executive Director
Coordinator, Certificate in Health Equity
Department: Health Science and Human Ecology

Dorothy Chen-Maynard, PhD, MS
Director, Student Engagement
Department: Health Science and Human Ecology

Paulchris Okpala, D.HSc, MHA, MPA, RCP, CRT
Director, Research Development and Dissemination 
Department: Health Science and Human Ecology

Benjamin J. Becerra, DrPH, MPH, MS, MBA
Director, Grants and Research Support
Department: Information and Decision Sciences

Salome Mshigeni, PhD, MPH, MPA
Director, Mentored Programs
Department: Health Science and Human Ecology

Marwa Ahmad, MPH 
Department: Health Science and Human Ecology

Robert Avina, DrPH, MPH
Department: Health Science and Human Ecology

Jess Block Nerren, MA
Department: Communication Studies

Dawn Blue, DNP, AGACNP
Department: Nursing

Wagner Prado, PhD
Department of Kinesiology

David Chavez, PhD
Department: Psychology

Sarah Dun, PhD
Department: Kinesiology

Christina Hassija, PhD, MA
Department: Psychology

Neal Malik, DrPH, MPH
Department: Health Science and Human Ecology

Ethel Nicdao, PhD, MA
Department: Sociology

Henrietta Nwamu, PhD, RN
Department: Nursing

Mahmood Nikbakhtzadeh, PhD
Department: Health Science and Human Ecology

Jacqueline E. Romano, PhD, ACUE
Department: Teacher Education and Foundation