MD, MPH, 2016 Cohort, (Advisor: Dr. Leah Whigham)
Juan coordinates the “Evidence-Based Screening for Obesity, Cardiorespiratory Disease, and Environmental Exposures in Low-income El Paso Households” project. He is a Paso del Norte Health Foundation Fellow and works with The Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL). His dissertation will focus on the effects of air pollution and asthma using carbon stable isotope ratios.
MD, DOMH, MPH, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Fadi Khasawneh)
Ahmed’s research interest is in refugee health and the impact of refugees on local healthcare service. Ahmed is also interested in healthcare policy and innovation.
MS in Kinesiology, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Jason Boyle)
Patrick studies motor control in relation to improving gait in the elderly and those whose gait is impacted by a disease. Patrick also has a biomechanics background in fall prevention and studied how to reduce falls in his master’s thesis, “Treadmill-based perturbation training for preventing falls among young adults.”
MA in Psychotherapy, 2016 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Yok Fong Paat)
Monica studies the integration of mental health into primary health care. She has worked with community health workers and physicians trained in mental health to treat prevalent conditions. She is interested in investigating the effects of mind-body techniques in elementary school children and testing whether these techniques can be a protective factor to prevent mental health problems in the future.
MS in Kinesiology, 2014 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Jacen Moore)
Daniel’s research, which focuses on the detection of biomarkers of inflammation, led to the development of his dissertation topic, “Identification of early biomarkers of inflammation for the early detection of work related musculoskeletal diseases.”
Michelle Del Rio
MPH, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Christina Sobin)
Along with an interdisciplinary team of students, and faculty in environmental sciences, engineering, and health, Michelle studies child and community environments including water, air, soil, diet, school and home environments, and blood levels to determine routes of exposure, bioavailability of lead, and health risks for children living in historically known lead contaminated areas in El Paso. Her research interests and expertise include: Heavy metal exposures and its effects on school age children; Environmental Health; and Health Impact Assessment (HIA).
MS, CSCS, 2018 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Sandor Dorgo)
Martin is interested in the effects of different stretching programs on Functional Movement Screen (FMS) scores in older adults. In addition, he will explore if improved FMS scores lead to lower incidences of falls and injuries in older adults. He is also researching how different footwear impacts force transfer in athletes performing power exercises such as the clean and jerk.
MPH, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Christina Sobin)
Sal studies the effects of pre-adolescent low-level lead exposure on hippocampus function and hippocampal microglia. Sal has conducted stereological assessments on mice hippocampus to assess the effects of low-level lead exposure on this structure.
MSOT, OTR/L,CIMI, 2018 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Connie Summers)
Sarah's research interests include strategies to limit poor developmental outcomes following preterm intraventricular hemorrhage, the effects of positioning on physiological processes of infants born preterm, best practices of positioning device use in preterm infants, and the roles of occupational, physical and speech therapists within neonatal intensive care units.
MD, MPH, 2018 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Delfina Dominguez)
Maria's research is focused on genetic factors that influence the spread of different mechanisms of resistance of multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs) into the environment including Extended Spectrum ß Lactamases (ESBLs) and Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriacea (CRE). She is also interested in how the emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens could impact the health of people living in the border area of El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico.
CRC, MS in Rehabilitation Counseling, 2014 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Jacen Moore)
Daniela’s research focuses on the Hispanic population with psychiatric disabilities that is being served through a variety of programs and services from the Vocational Rehabilitation system under the Texas Workforce Commission. She is exploring these issues currently in her dissertation work, “An Examination of Employment Outcomes for Hispanic Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities Served by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Between 2012 and 2016,”as well as related publications in the field.
MPH, PhD(c), 2015 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Christina Sobin)
Dyanne’s research interests are in maternal and child health, specifically improving birth outcomes. She is conducting a Perinatal Period of Risk analysis using linked birth-death certificates to determine health disparities in infant mortality in the U.S. border region for her dissertation, “Regional Difference in Fetal-Infant Mortality in the U.S.-Mexican Border Region: Using the Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) Approach.”
MPH, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Leah Whigham)
Patrick is as a graduate research assistant for the Paso del Norte Institute for Health Living (IHL). His work with the IHL team has led to the development of his dissertation topic, in which he will examine the relationship between breath stable carbon isotopes on energy balance and substrate utilization during steady state exercise.
MS in Health Sciences Research, 2016 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Mark Lusk)
Isabel is investigating the impact of immigration enforcement policies on health and access to healthcare among Hispanic immigrants with different legal statuses in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Isabel’s dissertation will combine quantitative survey data and qualitative data from focus groups and semi-structured interviews among Hispanic residents with different legal statuses and key-informants, including healthcare and social service providers, policy experts, local law enforcement, legal professionals, and academics.
MA in Sociology, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Vanessa Mueller)
Kylara’s research interests include medical and mental health disparities, social constructions of mental health, disability studies, disability and disability communities, autism and the autistic community. Kylara interviewed parents of children with autism about their experiences with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. She examined how parents understood autism before and after diagnosis in her master’s thesis “Parental Understandings of the Meaning of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).”
MS in Kinesiology, 2015 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Sandor Dorgo)
Samuel’s research interests are advanced exercise training methods and genetics. He is currently studying the effects of different warm-up protocols on power measurements with collage age gymnasts, and is validating different devices to measure vertical jumps. Samuel’s dissertation work will focus on the ACTN3 gene and post-activation potentiation.
MD, MS in Sports Sciences and Medicine, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Alvaro Gurovich)
Francisco is studying the effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system, specifically, the endothelial response to different blood flow patterns. He has performed in vivo vascular imaging of healthy subjects during exercise and in vitro experiments with endothelial cells in a flow system device.
JD, 2013 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Jacen Maier-Moore)
Gwen is studying the barriers to end of life care discussions between health care professionals and terminally ill patients.
MS in Nursing, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Guillermina Solis)
Juana’s present research interests are in nursing and health sciences with a focus on geriatric Hispanic populations, as well as education pedagogies within the health sciences
MPH, RD, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Leah Whigham)
Sarah is currently working with the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living to develop a healthy culinary curriculum. Sarah’s research interests include nutrition, obesity and chronic disease prevention.
MD, MPH, 2016 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Maria Duarte-Gardea)
Silvia studies the risks factors for type 2 and gestational diabetes. Her research aims to adapt lifestyle interventions for Hispanic students and pregnant women. For her dissertation project, she plans to implement a diabetes awareness campaign among UTEP college students which include two main steps: first identify the risk factors for diabetes in the studied population, and second, evaluate among college students with elevated risk for diabetes the potential benefits of a lifestyle intervention.
MPH, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Yok-Fong Paat)
Sheralyn’s research plan focuses on community health and immigrant well-being.
MS in Kinesiology, 2015 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Jason Boyle)
Over the past two years, Fabricio has worked closely with members of the community and his advisors in the Stanley E. Fulton Motor Behavior and Biomechanics Laboratory to assess the potential benefits of whole-body vibration training in clinical populations, including individuals with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. This has led to the development of Fabricio’s dissertation topic, in which he will be studying the effects of whole-body vibration training on improving risk factors for falls and reducing real-life falls in chronic stroke patients in the Borderland.
MS, MEd, ASCP, 2018 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Jason Moore)
Roberta will work with Dr. Moore to determine the presence of antibodies to the Hemeoxygenase-1 protein in serum from SLE and other patients to assess its role in the developent of nephritis in these patients. She will also be developing a fully humanized monoclonal antibody to venom from the rattlesnake.
MS in Counseling Psychology, 2015 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Christina Sobin)
Irma’s research interest is the prevalence of perinatal depression among Latina women of Mexican descent living in the El Paso border region. For her dissertation, Irma will investigate how the cultural values regarding motherhood and depression impact how women of Mexican descent articulate perinatal depressive symptomology, engage in health-seeking behaviors, and obtain treatment.
MPH, CHES, 2017 Cohort (Advisor: Dr. Jongwha Chang
Donald's broader research interests are health disparities in cardiovascular disease risk along the U.S.-Mexico Border. He will be investigating specific CVD issues within this area. Donald is also interested in holistic approaches to addressing border community health and wellness in order to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities.