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
Brenda Eskenazi PhD, MA Endowed Chair in Public Health UC Berkeley
  • Effects of environmental exposures to reproductive, perinatal, and children’s health
  • Reproductive and development effects of passive and active exposure to cigarette smoke, benzene, dioxin, and other persistent endocrine disruptors, and pesticides, as well as other agents on fetal
  • ...
Lia Fernald PhD, MBA Professor UC Berkeley
  • Development and evaluation of interventions to improve lives of vulnerable children
  • Exploring psychosocial, ecological, and biological determinants of health
  • Obesity, overweight, and nutritional and epidemiologic transition
  • Malnutrition, international child
  • ...
Alicia Fernandez MD Professor UC San Francisco
  • Health and health care disparities
  • Diabetes
  • Latino health
  • Immigrant health
  • Language barriers
Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD, MS Professor UC San Francisco
  • child health and welfare
  • health inequity 
Yvette Flores PhD Professor UC Davis
  • Substance abuse
  • Intimate partner violence
  • chicano/a studies
Chandra L. Ford PhD Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Social determinants of HIV/AIDS disparities
  • The health of sexual minority populations
  • Public Health Critical Race Praxis/Critical Race Theory
Darlene Francis PhD Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Biological Basis of Health Disparities
  • Developmental Programming
  • Stress
  • Environment X Gene Interactions
  • A Biopsychosocial Approach to Health and Well-Being
Elena Fuentes-Afflick MD, MPH Professor UC San Francisco
  • Socioeconomically marginalized groups
  • Migrants/refugees
  • Access to prenatal care
  • Infant mortality, low birth weight, prematurity
  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Immigrant health, acculturation
  • Child health equity
Lorena Garcia DrPH, MPH Professor UC Davis
  • Latino Health and Aging
  • Social determinants of health 
Gilbert Gee PhD Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • How racism and other forms of structural disadvantage contribute to health and health care disparities
  • Stress, neighborhoods and environmental justice using a multi-level and life course perspective
  • Health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Todd Gilmer PhD Professor UC San Diego
  • Health insurance/risk adjustment
  • Cost-effectiveness of diabetes care
  • Mental health services
Beth Glenn PhD Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Implementation science
  • Intervention research
  • Evaluation
  • Community-partnered research
Maria Glymour ScD, MS Professor UC San Francisco
  • Cognitive aging, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia
  • Social determinants of health in aging
  • Socioeconomic and geographic determinants of stroke incidence and outcomes
  • Causal inference in social epidemiology
Anu Manchikanti Gómez PhD, MSc Assistant Professor UC Berkeley
  • Health and Healthcare Disparities
  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Maternal Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Reproductive Justice
Scarlett Gomez PhD Professor UC San Francisco
  • The role of social determinants of health, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, immigration status, sociocultural factors, and neighborhood contextual characteristics on health outcomes
Hector González PhD Associate Professor UC San Diego
  • Aging
  • Alzhiemer's dissease
  • Latino health
Mariaelena Gonzalez PhD, MTS Assistant Professor UC Merced
  • Health Disparities
  • Social Epidemiology/Social Determinants of Health
  • Tobacco Control
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Global Health Policy/Global Governance
  • Trade and Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Civil Society and Health Movements
  • ...
Kimberly Gregory MD, MPH Professor in Residence UC Los Angeles
  • Access to Care
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Pregnancy
  • Health Disparities
Rita Hamad MD, PhD Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Policy evaluation, 
  • Poverty and inequality
Margaret Handley PhD, MPH Professor UC San Francisco
  • Immigrant Health 
  • Health coaching
  • Diabetes 
  • Periconception health
  • Environmental health/pollution 
  • English as a Second Language settings
Cynthia Haq MD Professor UC Irvine
  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Health Care
  • Population Health,
  • Health Equity
Nina Harawa PhD, MPH Professor in Residence UC Los Angeles
  • HIV epidemiology, prevention, testing, and retention in care
  • Sexually transmitted diseases epidemiology and prevention
  • Health disparities and social determinants of health
  • Incarceration and health
Barbara Harthorn PhD Professor UC Santa Barbara
  • Culture and health
  • Technological risk and perception, and responsible development and innovation
  • Environmental and health inequality
  • Immigration and health
David Hayes-Bautista PhD, MA Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Dynamics and processes of the health of the Latino population
Ton Hendry MD, MS Professor UC Davis
  • Mental health services
  • Asian and Pacific Islander communities
  • Cultural competence
Denise Herd PhD Professor UC Berkeley
  • Health disparities
  • Images of alcohol, drugs, and violence in rap music
  • Activism in African American communities
  • Drinking and drug use patterns and problems
  • Social movements
  • Multicultural health
Dena Herman PhD, MPH, RD Associate Adjunct Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Diet
  • Health Disparities
  • Nutrition
Alison Herrmann PhD, MS Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Chronic disease prevention in ethnic minority and underserved population groups
  • Health disparitie
Seth Holmes PhD, MD Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Medical anthropology
  • Transnational im/migration and refugeeism
  • Critical food studies
  • Racialization and racism
  • Gender and queer theory
  • Naturalization and normalization of social and health inequalities
  • Latin America, the United States,
  • ...
Susan Ivey MD, MHSA Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley
  • Immigrant health status including cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes
  • Health policy issues related to health and health care disparities
  • Disparities in health status and in access to health services
Anthony Jerant MD Professor UC Davis
  • Faith and community medicine
  • Pathways to medical school
Juan-Vicente Palerm PhD Professor Emeritus UC Santa Barbara
  • Chicano studies
  • Agriculture and labor
  • Rural poverty
Douglas P. Jutte MD, MPH Associate Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley
  • Health resilience and vulnerability in children
  • The interaction of biological and social risk factors in early childhood and their relationship to long-term health and educational outcomes
  • The newborn Apgar score as a possible marker of physiologic reactivity and health
  • ...
Hemal Kanzaria MD Associate Professor UC San Francisco
  • Health systems improvement
  • Safety net care
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health related social needs
  • Equity
  • Care coordination
Fatima Karaki MD Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Refugee health
  • Asylum seeker health
  • Immigrant health
  • Underserved care
  • Healthcare disparities
  • Health equity
  • Hospital medicine
  • Quality of care
  • Race and gender disparities
  • ...
Michelle Ko MD, PHD Assistant Professor UC Davis
  • Healthcare safety net
  • Medicaid
  • Long-term care
  • Access to health 
Richard Kravitz MD, MSPH Professor UC Davis
  • Mental health conditions in primary care
  • Quality of care
  • Causes and consequences ofphysician behavior
Rick Kronick PhD Professor UC San Diego
  • Design and evaluation of health care financing interventions
  • Health care delivery
  • Health services research
Randall Kuhn PhD Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Aging
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Demography
  • Global Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Homelessness
  • Health Surveillance Programs
  • Migration and Immigrant Health
  • Physical and Social Environmental Determinants of Health
Anda Kuo MD Professor UC San Francisco
  • Child health equity
  • Medical education
  • Child poverty 
  • Precision public health
  • Social determinants of health
Margot Kushel MD Professor UC San Francisco
  • Reducing the burden of homelessness on health 
  • Examining efforts to prevent and end homelessness
  • Mitigating the effects of housing instability on health care outcomes
Regina Day Langhout PhD Professor UC Santa Cruz
  • Educational empowerment and neighborhood settings
  • Social Justice
  • Elementary schools in working class neighborhoods
Barbara Laraia PhD, MPH, RD Professor UC Berkeley
  • Household food insecurity
  • Food and social environment
  • Health disparities
  • Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Dietary assessment methods
Alana M.W. LeBrón PhD, MS Assistant Professor UC Irvine
  • Structural racism and health
  • Health of Latina/o communities
  • Community-based participatory research
Lucinda Leung MD, PhD Assistant Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Improvement of healthcare delivery for veterans and other vulnerable primary care patients among different healthcare systems.
Pamela Ling MD Professor UC San Francisco
  • policy advocacy
  • tobacco use and cessation
  • socioeconomically marginalized groups
  • children/ youth 
Rebecca London PhD Assistant Professor UC Santa Cruz
  • Schools and Academic Achievement
  • Community-based Research
  • Health and Wellness
  • School Reform and School Policy
  • Youth Studies
  • School Recess
Lenny Lopez MD, MDiv, MPH Associate Professor UC San Francisco
  • Patient safety 
  • Language barriers
  • Optimizing primary care clinical services for Latinos with cultural and linguistic barriers
  • Using health information technology to decrease disparities
  • Epidemiology of acculturation among Latinos in the US and its impact
  • ...
Michael C. Lu MD, MS, MPH Dean of the School of Public Health UC Berkeley
  • Improving maternal and child health
  • The development, testing, and translation of a new theory on the origins of maternal and child health disparities
Laurel Lucia, MPP Director, Health Care Program at the Labor Center UC Berkeley
  • Health policy
  • Economic impact of public policy changes
  • California budget