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
Zakiya Luna PhD Assistant Professor UC Santa Barbara
  • Social movements, human rights and reproduction with an emphasis on the effects of intersecting inequalities within and across these sites
Kristine Madsen MD, MPH Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Health disparities
  • Policy approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease
  • Physical activity
  • School health
  • Community-based participatory research
Jyothi Marbin MD Associate Professor UC San Francisco
  • Medical education
  • Tobacco control
  • Secondhand smoke exposure
  • Asthma
  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
Becky Marquez PhD, MPH Assistant Professor UC San Diego
  • Behavioral interventions targeting diet and physical activity.
  • Interpersonal influences on weight-related behaviors.
Cassondra Marshall DrPH, MPH Assistant Professor in Residence UC Berkeley
  • Quality of family planning and reproductive health care
  • Women’s health over the lifecourse
  • Patient-centered care
  • Inequities in patient experiences and outcomes
Marlene Martin MD Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Systems improvement in the safety net
  • Addiction medicine
  • Equity
  • Disparities among immigrants and Limited English Proficiency
  • Care transitions
  • Diversity pipeline development
  • Immigrant health 
  • Alcohol use disorder
Maria Martinez PhD, MPH Professor UC San Diego
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Epidemiology 
Vickie Mays PhD Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Health Disparities
  • Mental Health     
Steve McKay PhD Associate Professor UC Santa Cruz
  • Labor and labor markets
  • Affordable housing 
  • Political sociology
  • Globalization and social change
  • Migration
  • Racial formation
  • Masculinity
  • Southeast Asia
Sara McMenamin PhD Assistant Professor UC San Diego
  • Health insurance coverage for tobacco dependence treatments and other preventive health services
  • Treating tobacco dependence through health insurance coverage both in the private and public insurance markets
  • The impact of the Affordable Care Act on treating tobacco use
  • ...
Joy Menikow MD, MPH Professor
  • Cost-effectiveness in women's health care
  • Preventive services
  • Prenatal care
  • Patient compliance 
  • Physician behavior
Elizabeth Mertz PhD Professor UC San Francisco
  • Workforce policy and analysis issues including
  • Supply and demand of providers
  • Health care regulation
  • State and federal workforce policy
  • Access to care
  • Evolving professional practice models
  • Dental health policy
Rachel Morello-Frosch PhD, MPH Professor UC Berkeley
  • Environmental justice and structural determinants of environmental health disparities
  • Environmental chemicals, chronic stress and perinatal outcomes
  • Climate change and health
  • Community-based participatory research in environmental health science and epidemiology
  • ...
Gerardo Moreno MD, MS Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Minority aging and diabetes
  • Health and health care disparities
  • Physician workforce diversity
  • Primary care
  • Latino Health
  • Immigrant health
  • Language barriers to care
  • Access to healthcare technology 
Mahasin Mujahid PhD, MS, FAHA Associate Professor UC Berkeley
  • Multi-level determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities over the lifecourse
  • Neighborhood health effects
  • Cardiovascular health disparities
  • Methods in social epidemiology
  • Population health
Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP Professor UC San Francisco
  • effective health care delivery
  • health workforce training
  • cultural competence curriculum development
  • health care disparities 
  • language barriers in care
Linda Neuhauser DrPH, MPH Clinical Professor UC Berkeley
  • Health communication and health literacy research, interventions, and policy
  • Parenting education research and interventions
  • Oral health research and interventions
  • Community asthma interventions and environmental health
  • Poison control research and
  • ...
Tanya Nieri PhD Associate Professor
  • Causes and consequences of acculturation, particularly among immigrant families and youths
  • Youth problem behaviors, particularly substance use and violence; the role of culture in health and health disparities
  • Community-based prevention and health promotion interventions
  • ...
Laury Oaks PhD Professor UC Santa Barbara
  • Reproductive politics
  • Anthropology of health, medicine, and science
  • Feminist and community based participatory research
Osagie K. Obasagie JD, PhD Professor UC Berkeley
  • Law
  • Bioethics
  • Reproductive and Genetic Technologies
  • Rac
Victoria Ojeda PhD, MPH Associate Adjunct Professor UC San Diego
  • Psychiatry
  • HIV
  • Mental illness
Michael K. Ong MD, PhD Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Hospital-based care
  • Mental health
  • Tobacco control
Paul Ong PhD Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Economics
  • Ethnic Communities - Asian American
  • Finance in Urban Planning
  • Labor and Employment
Kurt C. Organista PhD Professor UC Berkeley
  • Behavioral Health and Prevention/Intervention
  • Health and Healthcare Disparities
  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • HIV Prevention
  • Social Behavior
Emily J. Ozer PhD Professor UC Berkeley
  • School and community-based interventions
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Promotion of mental and physical health among adolescents
  • Violence prevention
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Kartika Palar, PhD Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Health equity
  • Food insecurity
  • Nutrition
  • HIV
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic disease
  • Social determinants of health
Nynikka Palmer DrPH, MPH Assistant Professor UC San Francisco
  • Cancer disparities
  • Underserved and minority populations
  • Prostate cancer care
  • Cancer survivorship and follow-up care
  • Access to and utilization of health care among minority cancer patients
  • Health services and outcomes research
  • Patient-
  • ...
Nisa Patel MS, MS Clinical Instructor UC Irvine
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Reducing Health Care Disparities
Denise Payan PhD, MPP Assistant Professor
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Food security
  • Health behavior
  • Health disparities
  • Advocacy coalitions
  • Policymaking
Anne Pebley PhD, MPS Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Fertility and marriage patterns
  • Children's health and welfare
  • Family organization
Francisco I. Pedraza PhD Assistant Professor UC Riverside
  • The relationship between immigration policy and health policy
  • The political attitude formation and political behavior, with a special emphasis on the attitudes and behaviors of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States
Eliseo Perez-Stable MD Professor Emeritus UC San Francisco
  • Health risks such as smoking, in minority populations
  • Migrants/refugees
  • Tobacco cessation and prevention
  • Cancer screening and evaluating abnormal tests,
  • Use of interpreters in Limited English Proficiency  patients
Ninez Ponce PhD, MPP Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Multicultural survey research
  • Immigrant health
  • Health disparities
Nadereh Pourat PhD Professor in Residence UC Los Angeles
  • Access to Care and disparities
  • The safety net care delivery system and providers
  • Patient outcomes
  • Care delivery redesign and system integration
  • Oral health
  • Program and outcome evaluation
A. Susana Ramirez, PhD, MPH, MA Assistant Professor UC Merced
  • Health communication
  • Communication in social and structural inequalities in health
  • Misinformation
  • Public opinion
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Nutrition, food, and obesity
  • ...
Francisco J. Ramos-Gomez DDS, MS, MPH Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)
  • Detection and intervention of Early Childhood Caries (ECC)
  • Cultural competencies and oral health care on the Latino/Hispanic Community
  • Improving and developing policies and
  • ...
Corinne Riddell PhD, MSc Assistant Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley
  • Racial and ethnic health inequalities
  • Social epidemiology
  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Health variation across US states
Annie Ro PhD, MPH Associated Professor UC Irvine
  • Social Determinants of Immigrant Health
  • Health Demography
  • Discrimination and Health
  • Social Epidemiology
Nianogo Roch MD, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Community Health
  • Decision-Making in Health Care
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Services Research
  • Social Determinants of Healt
Hector P. Rodriguez PhD, MPH Professor UC Berkeley
  • Safety Net Orginizations
  • Access to Care 
Michael Rodriguez MD, MPH Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Community Partnered Research
  • Global Health
  • Health Equity
  • Health and Social Policy
  • Healthcare System
  • Latin American Health
  • Migration and Immigrant Health
  • Physical and Social Environmental
  • ...
Patrick Romano MD, MPH, FACP Professor UC Davis
  • Developing, testing, and validating health care quality measures
  • Using outcomes data to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care
  • Studying the role of physicians and nurses in optimizing quality
  • Safety across the health care industry
Rucker Johnson PhD Chancellor's Professor UC Berkeley
  • Labor and Employment
  • Race, Poverty & Inequality
  • Economics of Education
  • Health Disparities
  • Social Welfare Policy
Tina Sacks PhD Assistant Professor UC Berkeley
  • Health and Healthcare Disparities
  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Racial Disparities in Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Poverty and Inequality
Urmimala Sarkar MD, MPH Professor UC San Francisco
  • Innovating for health equity
  • Improving the safety and quality of outpatient care for everyone, especially low-income and diverse populations
Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh ScD, MPH Professor San Fransisco State University Faculty
  • Policy, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health
  • Racial/Ethnic and Class Disparities in Health
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Immigrant Health Trajectories in multinational contexts
Marc Schenker MD, MPH Professor UC Davis
  • Agricultural populations
  • Health disparities
  • Occupational Outcomes
Hilary Seligman MD, MAS Associate Professor UC San Francisco
  • Food insecurity
  • Hunger
  • Health disparities
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition policy
  • Public health
Salma Shariff-Marco PhD, MPH Associate Professor UC San Francisco
  • Place and health
  • Evaluating how neighborhood characteristics (e.g., social, built, and physical environment attributes) and geographic variation may shape cancer-related health behaviors and outcomes across the cancer continuum
Yuyan Shi PhD Associate Professor UC San Diego
  • Drug Abuse
  • Marijuana Legalization
  • Tobacco Control
  • Prescription Opioid