Faculty

Primary Faculty

Patience Afulani, assistant professor in UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Patience Afulani, PhD, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Global Health
    Implementation Science
    Lifecourse
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health, health equity, quality of care, person-centered care, respectful maternity care, global health, implementation science, food security, migrant health, minority health

Dennis black, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Dennis Black, PhD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Lifecourse
Research Interests:

Brittany Chambers, assistant professor at UCSF Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Brittany Chambers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Global Health
    Lifecourse
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:

Mara Decker, assistant professor in UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Mara Decker, DPH
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Lifecourse
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Sexual and reproductive health, youth and adolescents, applied research, social epidemiology, health and empowerment, program evaluation, health disparities, global health and development, demographic change and the environment, human rights, social ecology

Nadia Diamond-Smith, assistant professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Global Health
    Lifecourse
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Maternal and child health in the developing world with a focus on gender inequality/women's empowerment, family planning and abortion and nutrition in the preconception and pregnancy period

Maria Glymour
Maria Glymour, ScD, MS
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
    Lifecourse
    Research Methods in Epidemiology
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Social determinants of health in aging; Cognitive aging, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia; Socioeconomic and geographic determinants of stroke incidence and outcomes; Causal inference in social epidemiology

Mary Hahn, professor emeritus at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biosttistics
Mary N. Haan, DrPH, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
    Lifecourse
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:

Margaret Handley, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Global Health
    Implementation Science
    Lifecourse
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
    Research Methods in Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Intervention design, linking public health and primary care interventions to address health disparities, implementation and dissemination sciences, chronic disease prevention, safety net innovation, public health literacy, migration and health/trans-national health, and environmental pollution

Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski is associate professor at UCSF Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Global Health
    Infectious Disease
    Lifecourse
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Tools, tests and technologies that can help identify pregnant women and babies at increased risk for preterm birth and associated birth defects and developmental delays

Suzanna Martinez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Lifecourse
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • childhood obesity, sleep, physical activity, diet, food insecurity, health equity, minority health, Latino health, health disparities in higher education

Kala Mehta, associate professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Lifecourse
Research Interests:
  • disparities in older adult health, the intersection of social entrepreneurship and health in a global context,

Dominic Montagu, DrPH, MPH, MBA
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Global Health
    Infectious Disease
    Lifecourse
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Maternal health, family planning, and abortion services in low- and middle-income countries, measurement, people-centered care, quality improvement

Michael Nevitt, PhD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Lifecourse
Research Interests:

Ann Schwartz, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Ann V. Schwartz, PhD, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Lifecourse
Research Interests:
  • Diabetes, osteoporosis, bone marrow adiposity, dual x-ray absorptiometry, body composition

Dara Torgerson, PhD
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics
    Biostatistics
    Genetic Epidemiology
    Lifecourse
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Integrative Genomics, Metabolomics, Statistical Genetics, Minority Health, Neonatology, Respiratory Outcomes

Jacqueline Torres, assistant professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Jacqueline Torres, MPH, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Global Health
    Lifecourse
Research Interests:
  • Social and migration-related determinants of health and aging in the US and Latin America; health effects of immigration policy across the life-course; health disparities; family dynamics and health

Justin White, assistant professor in UCSF Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Justin White, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
    Global Health
    Implementation Science
    Lifecourse
    Research Methods in Epidemiology
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Health economics, behavioral risk factors, tobacco use, global health policy, behavioral economics, applied econometrics, impact evaluation

Kristine Yaffe, MD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
    Lifecourse
Research Interests:
  • epidemiology of dementia and cognitive aging, modifiable risk factors for dementia, dementia prevention trials

Secondary Faculty

Willa Brenowitz, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Epidemiology of Aging
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
    Lifecourse
    Research Methods in Epidemiology
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, role of sensory impairments and other chronic diseases in brain aging, social determinants of health, causal inference methods