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Research and Projects

Current Projects by Center's Faculty Members

Dr. Dorothy Chen-Maynard

Primary ongoing projects: 
Overcoming obstacles faced by students of color and inadequate K-12 preparation as they pursue careers in Nutrition related and Dietetic fields.  There is a demand for health professionals from diverse backgrounds and students face numerous issues in competing and financing dietetic internship programs. This project will help address such a gap.  

Implementation and effectiveness of telehealth/telemed intervention to reach people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes.

Dr. Ethel Nicdao 

Primary ongoing projects: 
CBPR project with community partner, Foothill AIDS Project (2018-now). Title of project: “Promoting Access to Mental Health Care Services for People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in the Inland Empire (IE)”

Dr. Neal Malik

Primary ongoing projects: 
Effects of high intensity interval training on energy intake and appetitive hormones.

The influence of healthy food labels on purchasing behavior in university convenience stores.

Dr. Salome Mshigeni

Primary ongoing projects: 
Tobacco Use among Veterans in California, a Forgotten Epidemic. Collaboration with faculty/students in health science and social work.

Measles on the rise in the U.S. despite it’s preventable  nature, a call to manage the epidemic. Collaboration with faculty/students in health science. 

What diversity means in the minds of college students, a qualitative assessment.  Collaboration with faculty/students in health science.

Dr. Monideepa Becerra

Primary ongoing projects: 
Barriers to care among transgender and gender non-binary adults. Collaboration with local non-profit (DAP). 

Experiences of violence and mental health outcomes among trasngender Asian Americans. Collaboration with department of information technology at NHLBI.


Meet our Spring/Summer 2020 featured faculty member from the Center for Health Equity! 

We plan to highlight one of our faculty members from the Center for their research contribution in the field of Health Disparities and Equity.

Dr. Paulchris Okpala is a research scholar, writer, and educator. He is a full professor (with tenure) in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology. He is also the program director, Master of Science in Health Service Administration, at California State University, San Bernardino, California. Professor Okpala, a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner in the State of California, served as Chair, Academic Affairs, Healthcare Executives of Southern California, for a period of 3 years, 2017–2020. Professor Okpala, a distinguished scholar, has authored over 30 peer-reviewed scholarly journals, appearing primarily in the Journal of Healthcare Management and International Journal of Healthcare Management. Recently, his textbook titled “Guidelines for Effective Research to Publication: A Concise Approach”, was published in October 2019. His book is available on Amazon. His book ISBN is 978-1-950724-73-4. Professor Okpala has also presented his scholarly work and publications at national and international professional conferences. He has also been invited by high-tier journal editors to perform editorial works for professional or scholarly publications.

Paulchris Okpala

Paulchris Okpala, D.HSc, MHA, MPA, RCP, CRT
Professor & Director
Master of Science in Health Service Administration Program
Department of Health Science and Human Ecology

Recent publications:

Okpala, P.C. (2020). Addressing Power Dynamics in Interprofessional Health care Teams. Accepted for

publication on April 18, 2020. In Print, International Journal of Healthcare Management.

Okpala, P.C. (2020). Increasing Access to Primary Health Care through Distributed Leadership. Published in

the International Journal of Healthcare Management.

Marco Taboada. Marco, Singh. Shanpreet, Kapella Mshigeni. Salome, Okpala, Paulchris (2019). Measles on

the Rise in t he U S despite its preventable Nature, a Call to Manage the Epidemic. ARC Journal of

Public Health and Community Medicine 4(2).


Previous highlights:

Salome Mshigeni, PhD, MPH, MPA
Department of Health Science, and Human Ecology