Faculty and Staff

HEI faculty and staff are a diverse group representing a wide array of disciplines, perspectives and backgrounds. We are united in our commitment to research, practice and policy that foster health equity:

HEI Core Team 

Laura Mamo

 

Laura Mamo, PhD

Interim Director

Professor of Health Education

Email: lmamo@sfsu.edu

 

Allen LeBlanc

 

Allen LeBlanc, PhD

Professor of Sociology

Email: aleblanc@sfsu.edu

 

 

 

Jason Chang

 

Jason Chang, MS  

Statistical Analyst

Email: ykjason@sfsu.edu

 

Charmayne Hughes, PhD

 

Charmayne Hughes, PhD

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Email: cmhughes@sfsu.edu

 

Angelica Martinez

 

Angelica Martinez

Associate Director of Administration

Email: angelmar@sfsu.edu

 

Sepideh Modrek

 

Sepideh Modrek, PhD

Assistant Professor of Economics

Email: smodrek@sfsu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Mirna Vasquez

 

Mirna Vasquez, MA

Administrative Coordinator

Email: hei@sfsu.edu

 

Jessica Wolin

 

Jessica Wolin, MPH, MCRP

Associate Director of Community Practice 

Email: jwolin@sfsu.edu

 

Cynthia Gomez

 

Cynthia A. Gómez, PhD 

 Founding Director and Faculty Emeritus

 Email: drcgomez@sfsu.edu 

 

Affiliate Faculty

 

Alison Cerezo

 

Alison Cerezo
Assistant Professor of Counseling
acerezo@sfsu.edu
website: http://counseling.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/alison-cerezo-0

 

Anoshua Chaudhuri

 

Anoshua Chaudhuri
Professor of Economics, College of Business
anoshua@sfsu.edu
website: http://online.sfsu.edu/anoshua/

 

Steve Choe

 

Steve Choe
Associate Professor of Cinema
stevec3@sfsu.edu
website: http://cinema.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/steven-choe

 

Carmen Domingo

 

Carmen Domingo
Professor of Biology
cdomingo@sfsu.edu
website: http://biology.sfsu.edu/people/carmen-domingo

 

Courtney Donovan

 

Courtney Donovan
Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Science
cdonovan@sfsu.edu
website: http://geog.sfsu.edu/person/courtney

 

Jessica Fields

 

Jessica Fields
Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies
jfields@sfsu.edu
website: http://sociology.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/jessica-fields

 

Melissa Hagan

 

Melissa Hagan
Assistant Professor of Psychology
mjhagan@sfsu.edu
website: http://www.sfsustarlab.com/

 

Colleen Hoff

 

Colleen Hoff
Professor of Sexuality Studies
Director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality
choff@sfsu.edu
website: http://cregs.sfsu.edu/about-us/whoweare/colleen-hoff/

 

Martha Kenney

 

Martha Kenney
Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies
mkenney@sfsu.edu
website: http://wgsdept.sfsu.edu/people/25283/martha-kenney

 

 

Wen-Wen Li
Associate Professor of Nursing
wenwenli@sfsu.edu
website: http://www.nursing.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/wen-wen-li

 

Leticia Magaña-Marquez

 

Leticia Magaña-Marquez
Professor of Biology
SF BUILD Lead Principal Investigator and Core Leader
marquez@sfsu.edu
website: http://sfbuild.sfsu.edu/content/leticia-márquez-magaña

 

Rita Melendez

 

Rita Melendez
Associate Professor of Sexuality Studies
rmelende@sfsu.edu
website: http://sxs.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/rita-melendez

 

Raquel Pinderhughes

 

Raquel Pinderhughes
Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
raquelrp@sfsu.edu
website: http://online.sfsu.edu/raquelrp/

 

James Quesada

 

James Quesada
Professor of Anthropology
jquesada@sfsu.edu
website: http://anthropology.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/james-quesada

 

David Rebanal

 

David Rebanal
Assistant Professor of Health Education
drebanal@sfsu.edu

 

Rori Rohlfs

 

Rori Rohlfs
Assistant Professor of Biology
rrohlfs@sfsu.edu
website: http://rohlfslab.weebly.com/

 

Emma Sanchez

 

Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh
Associate Professor of Health Education
emmav@sfsu.edu
website: http://healthed.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/emma-sanchez-suet

 

Grace Yoo

 

Grace Yoo
Professor of Asian American Studies
gracey@sfsu.edu
website: http://aas.sfsu.edu/yoo-grace

 

Susan Zieff

 

Susan Zieff
Professor of Kinesiology
susangz@sfsu.edu
website: http://kin.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/susan-zieff

 

 

Fellows

 

Ugo Edu

 

Ugo Edu, PhD
Science, Justice and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow
ugoedu@sfsu.edu
website: https://healthequity.sfsu.edu/content/ugo-edu

 

 

Health Equity Student Scholars 

 Student Scholars Spring 2017

 

Maria Acosta is currently attending San Francisco State ‘s Master of Public Health Graduate program.  After getting her BA in Political Science and Women Studies (Cal Poly 1999-2003) she began to pursue community health education starting with her service in Peace Corps (Turkmenistan 2003-2005) and most recently with San Francisco Unified School District in School Health Programs Department (2006-2016).  Her interests include: community health education, children’s health, youth development and environmental health.  Maria is excited to be working on the Convening Community Organizers project with HEI affiliate faculty, Assistant Professor David Rebanal (Health Education), underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

     
 

Claire De Leon is a current Masters of Public Health student at San Francisco State University, focusing on community health education. Claire graduated with a BA in sociology and minor in women's studies from CSULB, and since moving to San Francisco in 2008 has led community programs, development and communications for the Y of San Francisco. Claire is an engaging facilitator and trainer and a CA certified rape crisis counselor. Her research interests include gendered health inequities, reproductive justice, youth development, and the role of communications in public health. As a scholar intern for the Health Equity Institute Claire will work on the Zika Social Sciences Network research initiatives with HEI Associate Director, Professor Laura Mamo.

     
 

Tatiana Mariscal is a first year graduate student from the Kinesiology Department at San Francisco State University studying Movement Science. She graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Special Education minor). Tatiana works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Health Equity Institute’s NeuroTech Lab working on Project Iceberg. Tatiana’s research interest involves determining current assessment and management guidelines used by Bay Area Emergency Department (ED) directors when examining individual who exhibit mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) due to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Tatiana will work with the Violence, Trauma, and Health initiative with HEI Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Charmayne Hughes.

     
 

Melinda Prieto is a current Master of Public Health student at SF State. She earned a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State with a concentration in child development.  Melinda has been working in the public health field in San Francisco since 2004, first as a Domestic Violence Advocate at W.O.M.A.N. Inc. providing crisis counseling and resource coordination for victims of domestic violence then joining the Pomeroy Recreation Rehabilitation Center providing service coordination for people with physical and developmental disabilities as well as survivors of traumatic brain injury where primary services provided were with employment and medical care management. In 2013 Melinda joined the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco as the hospital liaison where she managed hospital programming and partnerships to service inpatient families. Her primary research interests are in healthcare systems and processes to reach health equity within medical institutions. Melinda will work on the Structural Competency Project with HEI affiliate faculty, Professor James Quesada (Anthropology).

     
 

Maureen Rees is a current Master of Public Health student at SF State. She earned a BA in sociology with a concentration in gender studies at Kenyon College. Maureen has been working in the public health field in San Francisco since 2011, first at Lyon-Martin Health Services, a community clinic serving women and transgender clients, as a medical care coordinator.  Since 2014, she has worked at San Francisco Health Plan, the county’s public managed Medi-Cal plan, first as a case manager with high utilizers of emergency department and inpatient services and now in project management for the same program. Her primary research interests include LGBTQ health, medical care integration for people with complex conditions, housing and health, and substance use and harm reduction. Maureen will work on the NSF funded IT Catalyst Project with HEI affiliate faculty, Professor Carmen Domingo (Biology).

     
 

Julabien Suitos is a current undergraduate at San Francisco State University. She will be graduating by Spring 2017 with a BS in Health Education with an emphasis on community-based public health. Julabien’s main goal in public health is to uplift underrepresented communities by empowering youth to enact a change in their communities. She has interests in environmental health, women’s health, and youth education. She is an undergraduate intern at the Health Equity Institute managing the various social media platforms for the institute.

 

Affiliated Project Staff

To see affiliated project staff, please visit the specific project page

 

Katherine Kim, PhD, MPH, MBA

HEI Professor in Residence

Sonja Mackenzie, DrPH, MSc

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rachel PoulainMPH

Documentary Film Producer