Gender Studies and Sexual Health
The World Health Organization’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals on Gender Equality reflect growing evidence that sex and gender are critical determinants of health – with gender influencing risk-taking and health-seeking behaviors, and sex driving biological susceptibility to illnesses. In an effort to better understand and address sex and gender-based health inequalities, including sexually transmitted infections and experiences of intimate partner violence, the WHO is now disaggregating health data by these categories.
Faculty in the College of Health Sciences investigating gender and sexual health are contributing to the body of knowledge within these fields, and have a variety of specializations including gender diversity and health; women’s health; HIV and STI interventions; and intimate partner violence. The College is also home to UTEP’s Minority AIDS Research Center.
Faculty in the Gender Studies and Sexual Health research cluster are also members of the following communities of practice: Aging, Community of Engaged Scholars, Health-Focused Interprofessional Education, and Interdisciplinary Research and Education.
CHS Leaders in Gender Studies and Sexual Health
Dr. Patricia Lara
Clinical Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology
Specialization: Voice and gender identity
Communities of Practice: Aging, Health-Focused Interprofessional Education
Dr. Oralia Loza
Associate Professor of Public Health
Specialization: Ethnic and gender health disparities; U.S.-Mexico border health; LGBT health; transgender care; HIV, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs); sexual risk behaviors; substance use.
Dr. Thenral Mangadu
Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences
Specialization: Minority health disparities related to HIV; substance abuse and HCV prevention; violence prevention
Dr. Eva Moya
Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work
Specialization: Intimate partner violence; HPV
Communities of Practice: Community of Engaged Scholars, Interdisciplinary Research and Education
Dr. Yok-Fong Paat
Associate Professor of Social Work
Specialization: Intimate partner violence; family violence; sexual health