San Diego State University

Principal Investigators

The ongoing research projects of the CHHS are spearheaded by its prestigious academic principal investigators (PIs).  The college’s principal investigators include:

 


 

Elva Arredondo, GSPH

Elva Arredondo, GSPH

 

Elva Arredondo

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Promotion of Physical Activity in Latinas

 

 


 

Guadalupe X. Ayala, GSPH

Guadalupe X. Ayala, GSPH

 

Guadalupe X. Ayala

Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Childhood Obesity

 

 


 

Jong-Duek Baek

Jong-Duek Baek, GSPH

 

Jong-Duek Baek

Assistant Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Health Information Technology (HIT), Quality Improvement / Quality Management

 

 


 

Stephanie Brodine

Stephanie Brodine, GSPH

 

Stephanie Brodine

Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Infectious Diseases, Native American Populations

 

 


 

Michael Buono, ENS

 

Michael Buono

Professor

School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences

Research Area: Physiological Responses to Exercise

 

 


 

Heather Corliss, GSPH

Heather Corliss, GSPH

 

Heather Corliss

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: LGBT health, adolescent health, substance use and mental health

 

 


 

Laura Dreisbach Hawe

Laura Dreisbach Hawe, SLHS

 

Laura Dreisbach Hawe

Associate Professor

School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Area: Hearing Loss Detection, Pediatric Audiology

 

 

 


 

John Elder, GSPH

John Elder, GSPH

 

John Elder

Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Latino Community Health, Health Disparities

 

 


 

Karen Emmorey

Karen Emmorey, SLHS

 

Karen Emmorey

Professor

School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Area: Language, Modality and the Brain

 

 


 

Tracy Finlayson, GSPH

Tracy Finlayson, GSPH

 

Tracy Finlayson

Assistant Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Oral Health, Mental Health, Health Policy/Program Evaluation

 

 


 

Michael Gates

Michael Gates, SON

 

Michael Gates

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

Research Area: Nursing Workforce, Workplace Diversity, Technology in Nursing Education

 

 


 

Rick Gersberg

Richard Gersberg, GSPH

 

Richard Gersberg

Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Groundwater, Wastewater, and Wetlands, Climate Change

 

 


 

Anita Harbert

Anita Harbert, SW

 

Anita Harbert

Professor

School of Social Work

Research Area: Gerontology, Child Welfare

 

 


 

Shirin Hooshmand

Shirin Hooshmand, ENS

 

Shirin Hooshmand

Assistant Professor

School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences

Research Area: Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis

 

 


 

Mel Hovell

Mel Hovell, GSPH

 

Melbourne Hovell

Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Etiology of Health-related Behavior

 

 


 

Mark Kern

Mark Kern, ENS

 

Mark Kern

Professor

School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences

Research Area: Effects of Diet and Exercise on Nutritional Status, Performance

 

 


 

Eunjeong Ko

Eunjeong Ko, SW

 

Eunjeong Ko

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work

Research Area: Aging; End-of-life Care

 

 


 

Suzanne Lindsay

Suzanne Lindsay, GSPH

 

Suzanne Lindsay

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Violence as a Public Health Problem, Data Management and Quality Assurance

 

 


 

Tracy Love

Tracy Love, SLHS

 

Tracy Love

Professor

School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Area: Aphasia and Neurobiology, Traumatic Brain Injury, Psycholinguistics

 

 


 

Hala Madanat, GSPH

Hala Madanat, GSPH

 

Hala Madanat

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Obesity Prevention and Intuitive Eating, Low-Income Populations

 

 


 

Ignatius Nip

Ignatius Nip, SLHS

 

Ignatius Nip

Assistant Professor

School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Area: Speech Physiology and Acquired Neurogenic Speech Disorders

 

 


 

Thomas Novotny

Thomas Novotny, GSPH

 

Thomas Novotny

Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Environmental and Health Impacts of Tobacco Use

 

 


 

Sonja Pruitt

Sonja Pruitt, SLHS

 

Sonja Pruitt-Lord

Associate Professor

School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Area: Specific Language Impairment in Children

 

 


 

Penelope Quintana

Penelope Quintana, GSPH

 

Penelope Quintana

Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Areas: Children’s Environmental Health, Air pollution at US-Mexico border, Thirdhand Smoke

 

 


 

Robert Seidman

Robert Seidman, GSPH

 

Robert Seidman

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Public Health Training and Development, Health Economics

 

 

 


 

Greg Talavera, GSPH

Greg Talavera, GSPH

 

Gregory Talavera

Professor

Graduate School of Public Health

Research Area: Health Disparities, Chronic Disease Among Latinos

 

 


 

Peter Torre III

Peter Torre III, SLHS

 

Peter Torre III

Associate Professor

School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Area: Hearing Science, Pediatric HIV/AIDS

 

 


 

Susan Woodruff

Susan Woodruff, SW

 

Susan Woodruff

Professor

School of Social Work

Research Area: Alcohol and Drug Use Research