CHHS will welcome eleven new faculty members in the 2014/2015 school year. Eight will be joining us in the fall. In addition, President Elliot Hirshman recently appointed Dr. Chukuka Enwemeka as the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for SDSU. Provost Enwemeka received his physical therapy degree from USC and his doctorate in pathokinesiology from New York University and has an extensive research record. So in addition to being provost, he will also be a member of the faculty in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences.
Dr. Alyson Abel will be an assistant professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences as part of the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience center of excellence. Dr. Abel uses behavioral and neurophysiological methods to examine word learning in typical and atypical children and adults. Dr. Abel received her clinical training in speech-language pathology from Vanderbilt University and her PhD from the interdisciplinary Child Language Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she has had the opportunity to develop her research program using a cross-disciplinary perspective, bringing together the fields of neuroscience, linguistics, and communication sciences and disorders to address her broad research goals.
Dr. Eric R. Buhi will join the Graduate School of Public Health this fall as part of the Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age center of excellence. He is coming from the University of Florida, where he has been on the faculty since 2006 and, more recently, has been the director of the Collaborative for Research Understanding Sexual Health. Dr. Buhi has a two-pronged research focus: a) understand and promote sexual health among young people; and b) employ innovative technologies for health promotion and behavioral change. Dr. Buhi earned a PhD from Texas A&M University and Master’s of Public Health from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Dr. Harsimran Baweja will join the Exercise and Nutritional Sciences team as a member of the faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He has a PhD in Neuromuscular Physiology from the University of Florida. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania State University’s Departments of Kinesiology and Neurology. Dr. Baweja’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying movement lateralization, control and learning in younger and older adults and in persons with unilateral hemispheric damage.
Dr. Beverly Carlson will continue in the School of Nursing, where she has been serving as a lecturer. Dr. Carlson is the graduate advisor for the advanced practice nursing program. She is a critical care clinical nurse specialist with an extensive background in critical care nursing and education. She also has a substantial background in disease management and outcomes research, primarily pertaining to patients with heart failure. She is widely published in the professional literature and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, the Journal of Cardiac Failure, and the American Journal of Critical Care Nursing.
Dr. Katrina Maluf will join the faculty in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences in August as part of the faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr. Maluf received her MS degree in Physical Therapy and her PhD degree in Movement Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuromuscular physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder. As a clinically trained scientist, the goal of Dr. Maluf’s research is to translate physiologic discoveries into innovative strategies to prevent and treat stress-related musculoskeletal pain. Her research program combines expertise in neurophysiology, tissue biomechanics, and clinical rehabilitation.
Dr. Ijeoma Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya will join the School of Social Work. She earned her BA degree in psychology from Spelman College, MA in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her PhD program she worked at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work as a postdoctoral research associate for the Child Development and Children’s Services research cluster. Her primary research interests are domestic violence, mental health, and racial/ethnic disparities among child welfare populations.
Dr. Melody Schiaffino will be joining the Graduate School of Public Health. She completed her PhD at the University of Florida. Her primary research interests include organizational theory, spatial and quantitative methods to identify and address disparities and variation in the delivery of health services, GIS, and health outcomes. Dr. Schiaffino’s background includes a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology with a certificate in Biostatistics from the University of South Florida. In addition she has published and presented on cultural competency, community-based participatory research, and cancer prevention from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida as well as mild traumatic brain injury while at the James A. Haley VA Hospital.
Dr. Margarita Villagrana will join the School of Social Work. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California and then completed a fellowship at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, working at the Public Health Institute. Her areas of research are family violence, ethnic disparities and mental health services, particularly with substance/alcohol abuse.