Dr. Maria Amaya
(UTEP: 1979), Professor of Nursing. MSN, Texas Women's University, Ph.D. in Educational Management and Development, New Mexico State University (1986)
Research Interests: Environmental health nursing, environmental epidemiology, medical science and geophysics, women's health care, Hispanic/Latino health
Dr. Sudip Bajpeyi
(UTEP: 2012), Associate Professor, Kinesiology. Ph.D., East Carolina University (2006). Director of Metabolic, Nutrition, and Exercise Research (MiNER) Laboratory |
Research Interests: The effects of exercise training on insulin action, lipid metabolism and mitochondrial bioenergetics in humans, specifically in obese and type 2 diabetic populations; translational approaches using results from human clinical trials to inform the study of molecular mechanisms of lipid metabolism and insulin action in in vitro (cell culture) models.
Dr. Candyce Berger
(UTEP: 2008), Associate Dean and Professor of Social Work. Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Southern California. Los Angeles (1982).
Research Interests: Community needs assessment; hospital-based social services; mental health effects on health and health care; maternal and child health; simulation technology, and administration and organizational behavior.
Dr. Delfina Dominguez
(UTEP: 1996), Associate Professor, Clinical Laboratory Science. Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces (1997).
Research Interests: Molecular diagnostics (detection of pathogens and biomarkers; clinical microbiology (antimicrobial resistance); microbial physiology; POC biochips for detection of pertussis, food pathogens and multidrug resistant markers; antimicrobial efflux pumps.
Dr. Shafik Dharamsi
(UTEP: 2017), Dean, College of Health Sciences and Charles H. & Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair in Health Sciences, Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia (2003).
Research Interests: Community engaged learning in the healthcare professions; cultural competency in healthcare; healthcare disparities; preparing healthcare practitioners for health advocacy roles; socially responsible approaches to global health; social accountability and ethics; professionalism; social pedagogy
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Dr. Sandor Dorgo
(UTEP: 2003), Professor of Kinesiology and President of the Faculty Senate, Kinesiology. Ph.D. in Physical Education and Sport Studies, University of Georgia, Athens (2003).
Research Interests: Physiological effects of resistance training; physical training for youth and older adults; strength and conditioning training methods and innovations; biomechanics of plyometrics.
Dr. Maria O. Duarte
(UTEP: 2001), Department Chair and Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences. Ph.D. in Human Nutrition and Toxicology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces (1994).
Research Interests: Nutrition and chronic disease prevention in Hispanics; nutrition interventions in gestational diabetes.
Dr. Sabrina Kao
(UTEP: 2008), Associate Professor, Nursing. Ph.D. in Adult Health Nursing, University of Texas at Austin (1999).
Research Interests: Family caregiver burden; family values; cultural diversity in Hispanic families for chronically-ill older adults; long-term caregiving stress on health outcomes of family caregivers.
Dr. Fadi Khasawneh
(UTEP: 2016), Associate Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy. Ph.D. in Pharmacology, 2007, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease, Platelets, G-protein Coupled Receptors, Third-Hand Smoke, Water-Pipe Smoke/Hookah, Thrombotic disorders, Transient Receptor Potential Channel 6, Regulators of G-Protein Signaling, Drug Rediscovery/Repurposing
Dr. Mark Lusk
(UTEP: 2007), Professor, Social Work. Ed.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington (1981).
Research Interests: Refugees; trauma; resilience; migration; border mental health.
Dr. Thenral D. Mangadu
(UTEP: 2012), Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences. Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (2010).
Research Interests: Global health disparities (nutrition and physical activity, violence, HIV, HCV, substance abuse, positive youth development, access to health care); public health program evaluation with specific focus on minority health disparities; transdiciplinary research on nutrition in special populations; violence prevention (family violence, teen violence, IPV).
Dr. Harry Meeuwsen
(UTEP: 2000), Professor, Kinesiology. Ph.D. in Physical Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1987).
Research Interests: Effectiveness of active learning experiences on student engagement; design of learning activities and impact on student learning; professional development of students as a result of course work during undergraduate studies.
Dr. Diane Monsivais
(UTEP: 2009), Associate Professor, Nursing. Program Director, Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Nursing Education. Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2008).
Research Interests: Educational innovations for faculty and students; developing teaching competencies in clinical health professions educators using simulation; decreasing health disparities.
Dr. Eva Moya
(UTEP: 2010), Associate Professor, Social Work. Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (2010).
Research Interests: U.S.-Mexico border health; homelessness; intimate partner violence; tuberculosis; Photovoice method and HPV.
Dr. Vanessa Mueller
(UTEP: 2008), Associate Professor and Chair, Speech Language Pathology Program. Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City (2008).
Research Interests: Expressive disorders in Autism and Autism-spectrum disorders.
Dr. Hector Olvera
(UTEP: 2006), Associate Professor and Director of Research, School of Nursing. Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program. Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso (2006).
Research Interests: Epigenetic processes through which childhood stress impacts the immune system; environmental health; health and social disparities.
Dr. Yok Fong Paat
(UTEP: 2012), Associate Professor, Social Work. Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (2012).
Research Interests: Children’s well-being; mental health; community health; family violence education; migration and immigration.
Dr. Celia M. Pechak
(UTEP: 2009), Associate Professor, Physical Therapy. Ph.D. in Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Dallas (2007).
Research Interests: Linguistic competence; global health competence; rehabilitation and global health.
Dr. Leslie Robbins
(UTEP: 2009), Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Assistant Dean of Graduate Education, Associate Professor, School of Nursing. Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston (2004).
Research Interests: Qualitative research; health disparities; obesity; mental health; addictive disorders; traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Bess Sirmon-Taylor
(UTEP: 2006), Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Associate Dean. Ph. D. in Linguistics, University of Georgia (2006).
Research Interests: Models of ethics education; legislation and policy in concussion; identification and management of cognitive-linguistic changes after concussion/mild traumatic brain injury; linguistic analysis of patterns of language as diagnostic markers in mental illness.
Dr. Christina Sobin
(UTEP: 2006), Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences, Edward G. and Helen M. C. Stern Professor of Neuroscience. Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, New York University (1990).
Research Interests: Translational and interdisciplinary science; effects on brain and behavior of early chronic low-level heavy metal exposure using child and animal models; health disparities; stress and the developing brain; neurocognitive function in early and late life.
Dr. Connie Summers
(UTEP 2010), Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program, Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology. Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Austin (2010).
Research Interests: Working memory skills of bilingual children with and without language impairment; language of intervention for bilingual children with language impairment, and bilingual children with Autism; evidence-based practices in clinical practicum settings; inter-professional education.
Dr. Fatima Alshbool
(UTEP: 2016), Assistant Professor, Pharmacy. Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, 2014, Loma Linda University.
Research Interests: Heart attacks, platelets, e-cigarettes, drug discovery, environmental health, structural biology of G-protein coupled receptors, function-blocking antibodies, clot formation
Dr. Jason Boyle
(UTEP: 2014), Assistant Professor, Kinesiology. Ph.D., Texas A&M University (2014).
Research Interests: Motor neuroscience; limb coordination in virtual environments; aging and motor control; effective practice scheduling; human-computer interaction.
Dr. Kevin Browne
(UTEP: 2016), Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy. ScD, Physical Therapy, Texas Tech University (2015)
Research Interests: Improving the assessment and management of musculoskeletal disorders; interdisciplinary education; manual therapy.
Dr. Jongwha Chang
(UTEP: 2016), Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice / Health Outcomes. Ph.D. in Social & Administrative Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2012)
Research Interests:Health outcomes; pharmaceutical health services research; healthcare management.
Dr. Jeannie Concha
(UTEP: 2016), Assistant Professor of Public Health. Ph.D., Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago (2008).
Research Interests: Hispanic disparities in diabetes; mental health and coping; cultural health beliefs; community health.
Dr. Jamie Desjardins
(UTEP: 2014), Assistant Professor of Speech Language Pathology. Ph.D., Audiology, Syracuse University (2011).
Research interests: Bilingual adults; cognition; hearing loss and hearing aids; listening effort; speech perception.
Dr. Jeffrey Eggleston
(UTEP: 2018), Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Studies, Concentration in Biomechanics, University of Nevada at Las Vegas (2018).
Research Interests: Biomechanics; clinical gait analyses; lower extremity coordination during walking with a focus on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; lower extremity mechanics during jumping and landing activities.
Dr. Hyejin Jung
(UTEP: 2015), Assistant Professor of Social Work. Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin (2015).
Research interests: Community-based practice; disparities in mental health care; mental health literacy and education; measurement and survey development; mental health in subsidized housing.
Dr. Oralia Loza
(UTEP: 2010), Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences. Ph.D. in Public Health and Epidemiology, University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University (2009).
Research Interests: Substance abuse and risk factors for HIV/STIs and Hepatitis C virus among migrants, transgender women, and other marginalized individuals living on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Dr. Gabriel Ibarra-Mejia
(UTEP: 2016), Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences MD, Specialist in Occupational Medicine, MS in Ergonomics, PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering, Post-Doc in Public Health
Research Interests: Environmental and occupational health; ergonomics; industrial hygiene and safety; prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders; community health mapping using GIS; workplace wellness.
Dr. Ian Mendez
(UTEP: 2017), Assistant Professor, Pharmacy. Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, 2010, Texas A&M University.
Research Interests: Addiction, Feeding Behavior, Decision Making, Motivation, Neuropharmacology
Dr. Jacen Maier-Moore
(UTEP: 2013), Assistant Professor, Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Ph.D. in Pathology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City (2006).
Research Interests: Regulatory mechanisms of Heme Oxygenase 1 in lupus nephritis; utilization of recombinant monoclonal antibody technology for clinical applications; continuum of care and testing for HIV in Africa.
Dr. Guillermina Solis
(UTEP: 2013), Assistant Professor, Nursing. Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (2012).
Research Interests: Type 2 diabetes; preventing accidents in older adults taking medications.
Dr. Emre Umucu
(UTEP: 2017), Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling. Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2017).
Research Interests: Positive psychology and character strengths; happiness and well-being in individuals with chronic conditions; psychosocial adjustment of veterans with service-connected disabilities; protective and risk factors in Alzheimer's Disease.
Clinical Research Faculty
Dr. Patricia Lara
(UTEP: 2012), Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology. Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (2012).
Research Interests: Recovery of auditory comprehension in individuals with aphasia and event related potentials (ERPs); voice outcomes in transgender individuals.
Dr. Jose O. Rivera
(UTEP: 2001), Clinical Professor and Dean, UTEP School of Pharmacy. Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky, Lexington (1979).
Research Interests: Herbal medicine; quality issues with pharmaceutical supplements; alternative medicine; critical care and antibiotic therapy; medication literacy faced on the US-Mexico border.
Dr. Jeri Sias
(UTEP: 2000), Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy. Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Kansas, Lawrence (1998).
Research Interests: Cultural competency in pharmacy practice; medication literacy; public health and pharmacy; diabetes; smoking; healthy homes for children and adolescents.
Dr. Lorraine Torres
(UTEP: 2010), Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Chair of the Institutional Review Board. Ed.D, University of Texas at El Paso (2010).
Research Interests: Clinical health sciences education; leadership.
Dr. Leah Whigham
(UTEP: 2014), Research Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences and Executive Director, Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living. Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000).
Research Interests: Community-based approaches to increase healthy eating and active living based on the Collective Impact Model. Approaches include increasing fruit and vegetable intake, improving portion control, decreasing sedentary behavior, increasing physical activity, decreasing weight bias, improving built environment, and addressing food insecurity.