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Charles Begley, Ph.D.

Charles  Begley
  • Co-Director, Center for Health Services Research, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Professor, Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, UTHealth School of Public Health

Charles Begley, Ph.D., specializes in health policy research. His areas of interest include health care reform’s impact on Texas, over utilization of emergency departments for primary care services and Medicaid.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/3seaoobo


 

Michael Businelle, Ph.D.

Michael  Businelle
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus

Michael Businelle, Ph.D., specializes in smoking cessation strategies, cancer prevention, addiction and substance abuse. His research interests include the development of innovative smoking cessation treatments for homeless and other low income adults as well as the psychology of addiction.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/businelle_FWST


 

Arch Carson, M.D., Ph.D.

Arch  Carson
  • Program Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Training Program, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health

Arch Carson, M.D., Ph.D., is available to discuss toxic environmental contamination, chemical exposures and occupational health.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/4agu8muj


 

Herbert DuPont, M.D.

Herbert  DuPont
  • Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Mary W. Kelsey Chair in the Medical Sciences, UTHealth Medical School
  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health

Herbert L. DuPont, M.D., has served as infectious disease epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and as president of both the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. DuPont is the author of over 650 scientific papers and 19 textbooks. He can discuss Ebola, influenza, travel medicine, disease outbreaks, intestinal infections and acute diarrhea, food-borne illnesses and norovirus as he was one of the researchers who discovered the virus.

Previous interview: http://go.uth.edu/KPRC_flu


 

Robert Emery, Dr. P.H.

Robert  Emery
  • Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management, UTHealth
  • Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Health, UTHealth School of Public Health

Robert Emery, Dr.PH., specializes in safety issues associated with infectious disease outbreaks, disaster preparedness, radiation safety hazards, industrial safety, occupational health risks and disaster response.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/GMA_Xrays


 

Susan Fisher-Hoch, M.D.

Susan  Fisher-Hoch
  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus

Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, M.D., is one of the world's leading virologists. Fisher-Hoch is able to discuss the influenza virus, viral outbreaks, tropical medicine, diabetes, health disparities, medical virology and infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, typhoid and hemorrhagic fever.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/ABC_Ebola


 

Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D.

Deanna  Hoelscher
  • Director, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, UTHealth
  • John P. McGovern Professorship in Health Promotion, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus

Deanna M. Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D., specializes in nutrition and physical activity programs for children; school-based obesity prevention programs; nutrition and physical activity related health policy; and measurement tools related to child nutrition and physical activity.

Previous Interview:  http://go.uth.edu/ABC_sugarydrinks


 

Steven Kelder, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Steven  Kelder
  • Co-Director, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, UTHealth
  • Beth Toby Grossman Professor in Spirituality and Healing, UTHealth
  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus

Steven Kelder, Ph.D., M.P.H., has more than 15 years experience in design and evaluation of child and adolescent research. He is available to discuss interventions designed for promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, obesity prevention and substance use prevention. He is one of the lead investigators of the CATCH project, a research-based program that guides elementary schools, families and children in being healthy, reaching more than a million Texas children and others in the United States and other countries.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/nwgjrjbf   


 

Harold W. Kohl, III, Ph.D.

Harold W.  Kohl, III
  • Faculty Member, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, UTHealth
  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus

Harold W. Kohl, III, Ph.D., is available to discuss the benefits of physical activity for adults and children, as well as community approaches for increasing physical activity. He is the chair of the President’s Council of Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board. Kohl also led development of the 2008 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines and was lead epidemiologist and team leader in the physical activity and health branch of the division of nutrition and physical activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Previous interview: http://go.uth.edu/HPM_Train


 

Joseph McCormick, M.D.

Joseph  McCormick
  • Regional Dean, UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus
  • James H. Steele Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus

Joseph McCormick, M.D., is an infectious disease specialist and expert on viral hemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola, Lassa and Marburg. McCormick was involved in investigating the first-recorded Ebola outbreak in 1976. His experiences are chronicled in a book coauthored with his wife, Susan Fisher Hoch, M.D., titled “Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC.” He has intimate knowledge of West Africa and can provide his unique insights into the public health aspects of the current Ebola outbreak. He can also provide an interesting perspective on the designation of “emerging diseases.”

Previous interview:http://go.uth.edu/cgzww5bq


 

Laura Moore, R.D., L.D.

Laura  Moore
  • Dietetic Specialist, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Director of the Dietetic Internship Program at the UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Faculty Member, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Health Living, UTHealth

Laura Moore, R.D., L.D., is a registered dietitian and director of the dietetic internship program at the UTHealth School of Public Health. She can discuss nutrition, obesity risk factors, diabetes, hypertension, meal planning and preparation, diets and weight loss.

Previous interview: http://go.uth.edu/goodingluten


 

Roberta Ness, M.D., M.P.H.

Roberta  Ness
  • James W. Rockwell Professor in Public Health (Preventative Medicine and Epidemiology), UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Vice President for Innovation, UTHealth
  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health

Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., specializes in public health, innovation in teaching and women’s health issues such as reproductive organ health, maternal and fetal health, sexually transmitted diseases, ovarian cancer, pregnancy and nutrition.

 


 

Cheryl Perry, Ph.D.

Cheryl  Perry
  • Regional Dean, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus
  • Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Society & Health, UTHealth
  • Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus

Cheryl Perry, Ph.D., can speak about developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs for children and adolescents. In particular, her research interests include smoking and alcohol use prevention, healthy eating and physical activity; school-based, peer, family, and community programs. Perry was one of the lead investigators of the original CATCH main trial and can discuss the development of successful childhood obesity prevention programs. Perry served as the senior scientific editor and lead author of the report of the Surgeon General’s 2012 Tobacco Report.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/a5ugbwtk


 

Melissa F. Peskin, Ph.D.

Melissa F.  Peskin
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health

Melissa F. Peskin, Ph.D., specializes in teen dating violence, teen pregnancy interventions, adolescent health issues and sexually transmitted infections. As part of her research, Peskin has led studies on the efficacy of “It’s Your Game-Tech,” an online version of an evidence-based sex education program called “It’s Your Game: Keep It Real,” which is used to educate teens on risky sexual behavior and teach healthy decision making. She has studied how the program aids in reducing teen dating violence and has developed other interventions to promote healthy relationships among young people.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/KRIV_Peskin_IYG


 

Jennifer Reingle, Ph.D.

Jennifer  Reingle
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Services, UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus

Jennifer Reingle, Ph.D., specializes in criminal epidemiology, violent behavior, and intimate partner violence, as well as addiction and substance abuse. She can also discuss substance abuse in minority groups.  

Previous interview: http://go.uth.edu/KERA_identity


 

Belinda Reininger, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Belinda  Reininger
  • Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus

Belinda Reininger, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., specializes in evidence-based, community approaches to improving health in minority populations. Reininger's research focuses on the health disparities faced by Hispanics who live along the Texas-Mexico border, where rates of obesity and chronic disease are particularly high. Reininger can discuss community-based participatory research strategies, health disparities and chronic diseases.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/Reininger_QA


 

Pauline Rosenau, Ph.D.

Pauline  Rosenau
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, UTHealth School of Public Health

Pauline Rosenau, Ph.D., specializes in health care reform, public health policy, health care systems and health insurance. Rosenau can also discuss comparative health policy, health system performance, private/public partnerships for health services, long-term care and the social determinants of health.

Previous Interview: http://bit.ly/ItcXv


 

Vanessa Schick, Ph.D.

Vanessa  Schick
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, UTHealth School of Public Health

Vanessa Schick, Ph.D., studies women’s sexual health, with a focus on bisexuality. She can also speak about the health disparities of gender and sexual minorities, issues of sexual identity and the behavioral mechanisms of sexually transmitted infections.  

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/Schick_WHYY


 

Shreela Sharma, Ph.D., R.D.

Shreela  Sharma
  • Assistant Director of the Dietetic Internship Program, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Faculty Member, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, UTHealth
  • Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health

Shreela Sharma, R.D., Ph.D., is a registered dietitian and can discuss risk factors of obesity among children, nutrition and physical activity.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/ABC_obesity


 

Susan Tortolero Emery, Ph.D.

Susan  Tortolero Emery

Susan Tortolero, Ph.D., specializes in research of teen pregnancy interventions, adolescent health issues, sexually transmitted diseases and infection prevention. Tortolero led the development of “It’s Your Game: Keep It Real,” an evidence-based sex education program used to educate teens on risky sexual behavior and teach healthy decision making. She can also discuss teen dating violence.


 

Catherine Troisi, Ph.D.

Catherine  Troisi
  • Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health

Catherine Troisi, Ph.D. is an infectious disease epidemiologist with expertise in influenza, hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, human papillomavirus (HPV) and syphilis. She can also discuss infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola, immunizations and issues of public health practice in the community. 

Previous interview: http://go.uth.edu/FOX_flu