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
Steve Shortell PhD, MPH, MBA Professor Emeritus
Veena Singla, PhD UC San Francisco
  • responsible chemical use
  • chemical exposures
Claire Snell-Rood PhD Assistant Professor UC Berkeley
  • Social and cultural context of health behaviors
  • Impacts of kinship, community, and family dynamics on health promotion, mental health
  • Gender and mental health
  • Social inequality, health stigma, and moral discourses about health
  • Depression interventions
  • ...
Lonnie Snowden PhD Professor UC Berkeley
  • Access and effectiveness of mental health care, especially to minority and underserved populations
Anna V. Song PhD, MA Associate Professor
  • Tobacco use initiation, continuation, and cessation
  • Risk factors for sex initiation
  • Relationship between perceptions, attitudes, and risk behaviors
  • Predictors of health-related perceptions and attitudes
  • Risk communication efficacy
  • Ethnic
  • ...
Dana Sorkin PhD Associate Professor UC Irvine
  • Close relationships
  • Social support and conflict
  • Behavioral lifestyle interventions around chronic disease management
  • Program evaluation
  • Integration of technology into health decision making
Joanne Spetz PhD Professor UC San Francisco
  •  Access to primary care
  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • Marijuana policy
  • Health workforce
  • Long-term care
Nicole Stadnick PhD, MPH Assistant Professor UC San Diego
  • Effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based practices for children with mental health and developmental concerns served in community-based settings.
  • Integrated care models for children with autism spectrum disorder and psychiatric comorbidities.
  • Implementation
  • ...
Anita Stewart PhD Professor UC San Francisco
  • Health disparities among older adults with diabetes
  • Vulnerable populations research
Steffanie Strathdee PhD, MSc Professor UC San Diego
  • Phage therapy
  • HIV epidemiology
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Science communication
  • Women in STEM
  • HIV risk behaviors among drug users and sex workers on the Mexico-US border
Jose Suarez PhD Assistant Professor in Residence UC San Diego
  • Organic Pollutants 
  • Agricultural populations 
  • Mental Health
Andrew Subica PhD Assistant Professor in Residence UC Riverside
  • The intersection of health and mental health disparities among vulnerable populations including persons of color, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, survivors of trauma, individuals experiencing homelessness, and refugees
May Sudhinaraset PhD Assistant Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Abortion
  • Asian-American Communities
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Pregnancy
  • Reproductive Health
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • Health Equity
  • Migration and Immigrant Health
  • ...
Ming Tai-seale PhD, MPH Professor UC San Diego
  • Primary care
  • Doctor-patient communication 
Tanie Chantara Policy Fellow
Veronica Terriquez PhD Associate Professor UC Santa Cruz
  • Immigrant Incorporation
  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Inequality
  • Latinos in the U.S.
  • Youth Transitions to Adulthood
Courtney S. Thomas Tobin PhD Assistant Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Aging
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Stress
Darren Urada PhD Principal Investigator, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs UC Los Angeles
  • Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
  • State and County Substance Use Disorder Treatment Systems
  • Integration of Primary Care and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
Anthony Urquiza PhD Professor UC Davis
  • Family violence and abuse
  • Individual and group therapy 
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Arturo Vargas Bustamante PhD, MPP Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Health care survey research and data analysis
  • Health care cost estimation
  • Economic valuation and program evaluation
  • Access to health care, predominantly among Latinos/Hispanics and immigrants
Charles Vega MD Professor

Areas of Expertise:

  • Safety Net Orginizations
  • Access to Care 
Valentine M. Villa PhD Associate Adjunct Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Aging
  • Health Disparities
  • Impact of racism / discrimination on health
  • The differential Impact of public policy on Diverse populations
  • Social, health, and economic issues affecting minority elderly
  • ...
Boatran Vo MD Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Low risk maternity care including prenatal care
  • Labor and delivery
  • Postpartum and newborn car
  • Women's health
  • In-office procedures
Steven Wallace PhD Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Access to long-term care by diverse elderly
  • Disparities in the consequences of health policy changes on racial/ethnic minority elderly
  • Immigrant health
May Wang DrPH Associate Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Child obesity and bone health with a focus on addressing health disparities
Catherine Waters RN, PhD, FAAN Professor UC San Francisco
  • Lifestyle health behaviors
  • Health promotion
  • Primary & secondary prevention
  • Advanced directives planning
  • Population health
  • Health equity and parity
  • Public-private partnerships
Vajra Watson PhD Professor UC Davis
  • Urban Education
  • Critical Pedagody
  • Crticial Race theory
  • Social Justice Youth Development
Laura Wherry PhD Assistant Professor UC Los Angeles
  • The changing role of the Medicaid program and its impact on access to health care and health. 
Deborah Wiebe PhD, MPH Professor
  • Diabetes
  • Health
  • Pediatric Psychology
Brie Williams MD, MS Professor UC San Francisco
  • policy advocacy 
  • aging
  • socioeconomically marginalized groups
  • health disparities
Lauren Wisk PhD Assistant Professor UC Los Angeles
  • Health and health services use among children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, particularly those with chronic medical conditions. 
  • Integration of the biopsychosocial model, social determinants of health model, and life course framework to
  • ...
David Wisner MD Professor UC Davis
  • Trauma, serious injury, and critical care
Tracy Woodruff, PhD, MPH Professor UC San Francisco
  • environmental pollutants and exposures
  • endocrine disruptors
  • health disparities
  • research translation
  • public policy
Irene Yen PhD, MPH Professor UC Merced
  • Social epidemiology
  • Race, place, social status
  • Health Disparities
  • Community health
Juliet Yonek PhD Post-Doctoral Schoalar UC San Francisco
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Care
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services
  • Healthcare equity
Maria-Elena Young PhD, MPH Assistant Professor UC Merced
  • Immigrant health inequities
  • Immigration and health policy
  • Citizenship and legal status and health
Pat Zavella PhD Professor Emeritus UC Santa Cruz
  • The movement for reproductive justice
  • Family, poverty, sexuality
  • Transnational migration by Mexicans
  • Chicanx-Latinx studies
  • Feminism
  • Ethnographic research methods
Sarah Zemore PhD Associate Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley
  • Health disparities; the roles of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender in the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use, abuse, and treatment
  • Substance use treatment motivation and efficacy
  • AA and other mutual help groups
  • Peer helping in recovery
  • ...