UC Faculty Directory

University of California Health Equity Researchers

The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA) supports faculty engagements with state health and human services agency leaders and policymakers to foster the development of evidence-based policies and evaluation of implementation. This directory highlights UC faculty conducting relevant to advancing health equity.  

Name Job title Campus Role Research interests
Gregory Aarons PhD Professor UC San Diego
  • Substance use
  • Mental Health
  • HIV services 
  • Management and organizational issues
Sara Ackerman PhD, MPH Associate Professor UC San Francisco Faculty
  • Medical anthropology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Social and cultural implications of new medical technologies
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health equity
Patience Afulani MD, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health
  • Health equity
  • Quality of care
  • Person-centered care, Respectful maternity care, Global Health 
  • Food security
  • Migrant Health, Minority health
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola MD, PhD Professor UC Davis
  • Mental health disparities
  • Immigrant health
  • Rural Populations
Adrian Aguilera PhD Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Latino Health
  • Behavioral Health
Cyrus Ahalt MPP Associate Director, Medicine UC San Francisco
  • Criminal Justice and Prison Reform
  • Public Health and Health Reform
  • Teaching & Mentorship
Jennifer Ahern PhD, MPH Professor UC Berkeley
  • Neighborhood characteristics and health
  • Traumatic events
  • Substance use
  • Mental health
  • Behavioral health
  • Birth outcomes and maternal health
  • Population health
Amani Allen PhD, MPH Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Intersection of race, socioeconomic position and gender and its role in understanding patterns of racial health inequities
  • Racial discrimination and the psychobiology of stress 
  • Place, person-environment interactions, and health
  • Measurement of racism as a social
  • ...
Matthew Allison MD, MPH Professor in Residence UC San Diego
  • Prevention of cardiovascular diseases, with specific focal areas to include subclinical atherosclerosis, metabolism and body composition, kidney disease, women’s health and racial/ethnic disparities
Paul Almeida PhD Professor
  • Climate Justice
  • Social Movements
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Mobilization in Defense of Public Health 
  • Environmental Justice
Cheryl A.M. Anderson PhD, MPH, MS Professor
Dorie Apollonio PhD Professor UC San Francisco
  • health policy
  • substance use
  • vulnerable populations
  • homelessness
  • mental health disorders
Ifeyinwa Asiodu RN, PhD Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Breastfeeding
  • Infant feeding
  • Maternal stress
  • Lactation
  • Life course perspective
  • Family dynamics
  • Health equity
  • Workforce diversity
Colette (CoCo) Auerswald MD, MS Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Social determinants of health of marginalized youth populations (particularly youth experiencing homelessness, low-income youth of color and LGBTQ youth)
  • Structural interventions to improve the health of marginalized youth populations
  • Stigma, social networks, and
  • ...
Cecilia Ayón PhD, MSW Associate Professor UC Riverside
  • Factors that promote/hinder the well-being of Latino immigrant families
  • Immigration policy
  • Health disparities
  • Intervention development and evaluation
Miya Barnett PhD Assistant Professor
  • How Lay Health Workers (LHWs) can be mobilized to increase access to evidence-based practices for underserved communities.
  • How implementation science can promote health equity 
Roshan Bastani PhD Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Examination of the drivers of disparities among underserved groups
  • Implementation of community-partnered pragmatic intervention trials to mitigate observed disparities
  • Methodological expertise: survey research; quantitative methods;
  • ...
Janice Bell PhD, MPH, MN Professor UC Davis
  • Serious illness care 
  • Care navigation with religious congregations
  • Maternal and child health 
Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez PhD Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Demography
  • Disability
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Latin American Health
  • Population Health
  • Social Determinants
  • ...
Melinda Bender, RN, PhD Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Prevention of lifestyle related chronic disease
  • Health disparities in underserved, underrepresented populations
  • Asian American subgroups and Filipino health promotion
  • Community-engaged culturally adapted interventions programs
Mengesha Biftu MD, MAS Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Abortion and contraceptive care and training
  • Complex contraception
  • Health disparities
  • Obesity
  • Bariatric surgery and reproductive health
  • Medical education
  • Equity and inclusion in the clinical and learning environment
John Billimek PhD Assistant Professor in Residence UC Irvine
  • Medication adherence
  • Diabetes
  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Doctor-patient communication
  • Life context and chronic disease management
Andy Bindman MD Professor UC San Francisco
  • Health policy
  • Access to care
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Medicaid, outcomes research
Marianne P. Bitler, PhD Professor UC Davis
  • Effects of the US social safety net on poverty, income, human capital, and health
  • Economics of the family
  • Economics of education
  • Health economics
Boriska Rabin PhD, MPH Assistant Adjunct Professor UC San Diego
  • Cancer prevention and care
  • Development and evaluation of cancer prognostic tools
  • Coordination of care
  • Ischemic heart disease in the context of diverse community- and clinic-based settings including academic safety net, and integrated delivery systems, VA, and
  • ...
Cherrie Boyer PhD Professor UC San Francisco
  • Adolescent Health, Risk-Taking Behavior
  • Psychosocial and Behavioral Predictors of Risk
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)/ Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Interventions 
  • Unintended Pregnancy Prevention
  • Alcohol and Substance Use
  • Health
  • ...
Amanda Brewster, PhD Assistant Professor
Claire Brindis DrPH, MPH Professor UC San Francisco
  • Adolescent and child health policy
  • United States healthcare reform
  • Health disparities and social determinants of health
  • Adolescent pregnancy and pregnancy prevention
  • Adolescent and young adult health and risk-taking behaviors
  • Reproductive health
  • ...
Arleen Brown MD, PhD Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Health care system, social, and individual level determinants of health for persons with diabetes.
  • Quality of care for older adults and minorities with diabetes
Sara Brown EdD, MN Assistant Professor UC Irvine
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Equity
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion
  • Low-Resource Population Health
  • Maternal-Child Health
  • Postpartum
  • Breastfeeding
  • Mobile-Health 
  • Structural racism and health
  • Community
  • ...
Timothy Brown PhD Associate Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley
  • Public health systems and services
  • Chronic pain
  • Health insurance design
  • Social capital and health
  • Mental health services
  • Dental services
Esteban G. Burchard MD, MPH Professor UC San Francisco
  • Environmental Health
  • Precision Medicine
Andres Cardenas PhD, MPH Assistant Professor UC Berkeley
  • Children’s environmental health
  • Epigenetics
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Water Contaminants (PFAS, Arsenic, Metals, etc)
Richard M. Carpiano PhD, MPH, MA, M.Phil Professor UC Riverside
  • Social determinants of child undernutrition
  • Childhood asthma
  • Early child development
  • HPV vaccination
  • Smoking and alcohol use among adults
  • Body mass index among women
  • Substance use and sexual risk among gay men
  • Suicide ideation
  • ...
Alejandra Casillas MD Assistant Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Latino Health
  • Immigrant Health
  • Access to health for Spanish-speaking patients
Susan Chapman PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN Professor UC San Francisco
  • Health workforce research
  • Health policy analysis, and program evaluation
Ann Marie Cheney PhD Assistant Professor in Residence UC Riverside
  • Structural inequalities in health
  • Substance use and mental health services
  • Latino immigrant health
Emmeline Chuang PhD Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Safety-Net Organizations
  • Organization and management of health and human services
  • Access and quality of care
Janet Coffman PhD, MA, MPP Professor UC San Francisco
  • Innovations in management of asthma and other chronic illnesses
  • Access to care for vulnerable populations
  • Development of evidence-based health policies
  • Health care workforce issues
Jason Corburn PhD, MCP Professor UC Berkeley
  • Urban Climate Change & health equity
  • Environmental Health & Justice
  • Urban planning, design & health
  • Community gun violence reduction
  • Community-based action research
  • Racial & ethnic inequities in health
  • Health in All
  • ...
Courtney Lyles PhD Associate Professor UC San Francisco
  • Health information technology and mobile health
  • Chronic disease self-management support
  • Patient-provider communication
  • Healthcare disparities
William Cunningham MD, MPH Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Health Services Research
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Care, Barriers to care, and Health Outcomes        
Elizabeth D'Amico PhD Adjunct Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Prevention and Intervention
  • Substance Abuse
Julianna Deardorff PhD Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Adolescent sexuality and reproductive health
  • Promotion of health, positive mental health, and well-being among
  • Children and adolescents
  • Mexican-origin families and health behaviors
  • Stress and coping
Allison Diamant MD Adjunct Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Access and quality of care for underserved and vulnerable populations
  • Evaluation of programs to study care provided to low-income and uninsured populations, breast cancer care for uninsured women, racial and ethnic disparities in colorectal cancer diagnosis
  • Effect of
  • ...
Carlos Dobkin PhD Professor UC Santa Cruz
  • Health economics
  • Education 
  • Applied econometrics
James Doucet-Battle PhD Assistant Professor UC Santa Cruz
  • Health disparities
  • Race and medicine
  • Power, subject-making, and citizenship
  • Ethnography
  • Political economy
  • Grounded theory: diasporic and transnational Africa.
Emily Dow MD, MA Clinical Professor
  • Underserved care in inner-cities and urban areas
  • Health care in developing countries
  • Resident and medical student education, women's health, adolescent health, and care of adults with developmental disabilities including Down Syndrome
William Dow PhD Professor UC Berkeley
  • Health Economics
  • Economic Demography
O. Kenrik Duru MD, MS Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Finding better ways to translate evidence-based recommendations on the prevention and treatment of diabetes in real-world settings
  • How shared-decision making about their own health may help patients make decisions that better reflect their personal values