The following list was developed by University of Texas Interprofessional Education (UT-IPE) as a comprehensive register of the researchers and centers at the University of Texas at Austin who are addressing multiple chronic conditions in healthcare. It is our goal to serve as a central location for interprofessional education (IPE) information for all health professions.  To submit updates and changes to this document, or for more information on IPE, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Department of Biomedical Engineering

Aaron Baker, Assistant ProfessorCardiovascular biology. Researches devices and interventional technologies to prevent atherosclerosis and restenosis.

Amy Brock, Assistant Professor – Understanding cancer as a complex biological system. Seeks to develop models that aid in identifying, monitoring, and predicting changes in tumor cell heterogeneity. Goal: identify personalized cancer therapies.

Kenneth Diller, Professor – Applying principles of heat and mass transfer and thermodynamics to biomedical issues like tissue transplantation, burn injury, and cancer.

Andrew Dunn, Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor, Co-Director of Center for Emerging Imaging Technologies – Developing optical imaging techniques for imaging brain function, applying these to questions about stroke, migraine, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Stanislav Emelianov, Professor, Associate Chair for Research, Co-Director of Center for Emerging Imaging Technologies – Ultrasound Imaging and Therapeutics Research Laboratory – Goal is to design, develop, test, and validate devices, methods, and algorithms for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic applications. Focus on these methods’ and techniques’ application to detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and other pathologies.

George Georgiou, Professor, Cockrell Family Regent’s Chair in Engineering #9 – Goal is the discovery and development of protein drugs and diagnostics for cancer and infectious diseases. Also seeks to treat antibody immune responses via developing technologies to discover therapeutic antibodies and early disease diagnosis.

Ning Jenny Jiang, Assistant Professor – Treat dysfunctional or dysregulated immune systems.   Research questions: How does the immune system develop and age? What are the molecular signatures of autoimmune disease? Why does the immune system tolerate tumors?

Laura Suggs, Associate Professor, Temple Foundation Endowed Teaching Fellow in Engineering No. 1 (Laboratory for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering) – Development of biologically active materials and their use and behavior in cardiovascular tissue engineering (applicable to revascularizing ischemic myocardium, for example).

James Tunnell, Associate Professor, Roberta Woods Ray Centennial Fellow in Engineering, Biophotonics Laboratory – The next generation cancer management strategies require technologies that combine sensing, targeting, and treating of the earliest stage disease.   Our research focuses on developing minimally invasive optical technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

John X.J. Zhang, Associate Professor – Zhang Lab is developing technologies for imaging, sensing, and regulating cellular processes critical to healthcare, environmental, and defense applications. Example – developing nanomicro fabricated photonic sensors for biomaterials characterization, fast pre-cancer detection and diagnosis.

Janet Zoldan, Assistant Professor – Focuses on understanding human induced pluripotent stem cells as a way of treating a broad spectrum of pathological conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, hepatic failure, and heart failure.

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Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Larry Abraham, Professor – Motor skill performance and learning, human motor coordination, and innovative uses of instructional technology (e.g., assessment of effects of mild traumatic brain injury on fine motor skill performance and learning)

John Bartholomew, Professor and Chair, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Faculty Fellow – Exercise and health psychology (e.g., child obesity interventions, community-based diabetes prevention, exercise to regulate mood and reduce stress).

R. Matthew Brothers, Assistant Professor – Cardiovascular physiology with a focus on blood pressure control and cardiac and cerebrovascular (brain blood flow) function in healthy and disease populations.

Jessica Duncan Cance, Assistant Professor – Adolescent and young adult risk behavior etiology and prevention - specifically, exploring how the longitudinal interactions between biological, psychological and social factors affect substance use, sexual risk taking and aggression.

Roger Farrar, Professor – Plasticity of skeletal muscle in various paradigms including aging, endurance and strength training, and in response to injury (e.g., muscle regeneration following peripheral artery disease).

Lisa Griffin, Associate Professor – Neuromuscular physiology and spinal cord injury research (e.g., investigating muscular control of the lower back and the knee in healthy and clinical populations and nutritional and functional electrical stimulation intervention for acute spinal cord injury).

Carole Holahan, Professor – Health and well-being across the life span, psychosocial predictors of health behavior, successful aging, women’s health (e.g., depressive symptoms and smoking outcomes in women).

Jody Jensen, Professor – Lower-extremity neuro-motor control in clinical populations (e.g., children with cerebral policy), gait and posture in typically and atypically-developing populations, mediation of autism symptoms and function through physical activity.

Esbelle Jowers, Research Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sports Psychology Lab Director – Obesity prevention in school-aged children and diabetes prevention and control in families with school-aged children.

Harold W. Kohl, Research Professor – Physical activity for chronic disease prevention, public health.

Alexandra Loukas, Associate Professor – Tobacco use and prevention in adolescents and disaparate populations. Goal: decrease problem behaviors and tobacco use in adolescents and young adults, particularly in disparate populations.

Keryn Pasch, Assistant Professor – The influence of media on youth risk behaviors and factors that may alter the influence of advertising, the development and prevention of youth risk behaviors (i.e., substance use, obesity-related behavior, sleep, and energy drink consumption). Click here for information on the Prevention Research Lab.

Ken Ripperger-Suhler, Research Engineering/Scientist Associate III – HIV prevention, health impacts of local economic activity

Mary Steinhardt, Professor – Resilience and strength when challenged with change and stressful situations (e.g., promoting resilience-based diabetes self-management programs for African Americans), adaptation to stress. Click here for information on Transforming Lives through Resilience Education.

Hirofumi Tanaka, Associate Professor – Influence of age and lifestyle on vascular function and disease risk; Preventive cardiology and preventive gerontology, particularly habitual exercise, aging, and vascular function. Click here for information on the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory.

Department of Educational Psychology

Greg Allen, Associate Professor (School Psychology) – Function of the cerebellum and the neural basis of autism spectrum disorders, investigated using MRI and neuropsychological methods.

Kevin Stark, Professor (School Psychology) – Application of cognitive-behavioral interventions to behavior problems in schools; assessment, treatment, and theoretical models of depression in children and adolescents; the impact of participation in youth athletics on children’s mental health.

Deborah Tharinger, Professor (School Psychology) – Therapeutic Assessment with Children, Adolescents and their Families; Developmental psychopathology; child maltreatment; school-based delivery of health and mental health service.

David Drum, Professor (Counseling Psychology) – Experiences of college students suffering from distress and suicidality. Goal – to augment the current crisis-focused treatment approach in college counseling centers with a more proactive and preventative service paradigm that can reduce the prevalence of suicidality among college students.

Christopher McCarthy, Professor, Graduate Adviser and Associate Chair (Counseling Psychology) – Wellness and health psychology and identifying psychological resources that can help prevent stress. Click here for information on the Coping and Health Research Group.

Aaron Rochlen,Professor and CP Program Director (Counseling Psychology) – Men and masculinity, particularly mens’ mental health and help-seeking patterns. Click here for more information on Aaron Rochlen.

Stephanie Rude, Professor (Counseling Psychology) – Vulnerabilities to depression, including cognitive factors; biases in perception, interpretation, and memory; and emotion regulation.

Delida Sanchez, Assistant Professor (Counseling Psychology) – Racism and health disparities in behavioral and mental health among Black and Latino populations

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Department of Psychology

Christopher Beevers, Professor and Director of the Institute for Mental Health Research – Cognitive etiology and treatment of major unipolar depression and the interplay between biology (e.g., variants of the serotonin transporter gene), cognitive risk factors for depression, and reactivity to transient mood states. Click here for information on the Mood Disorders Laboratory.

Yvon Delville, Professor – Various aspects of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, particularly the role of social stress on the development of aggression during puberty, and in individual differences in stress responsiveness associated with differences in social behavior. Click here for more information on Yvon Delville.

Juan Dominguez, Associate Professor – Underlying neural and endocrine mechanisms regulating motivated behaviors and neuroendocrinological factors of depression and addiction. Click here for information on the Nueoroendocrinology and Motivation Laboratory.

Jacqueline Evans, Faculty – Social psychopathology of stress; particularly influences of personality, social, neuroendocrine, and genetic factors on cortisol hormone response to and recovery from acute stress and later implications for health.

Kim Fromme, Professor – The etiology and prevention of alcohol abuse and risk-taking behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Specifically examining 5 candidate genes in relation to individual differences in alcohol response, externalizing personality traits, and trajectories of alcohol use. Click here for information on the SAHARA Lab.

Andreana P. Haley, Assistant Professor – The biological underpinnings of cognitive impairment associated with aging and dementia (e.g., by examining the neural substrates of memory, language, and executive function in clinical populations).   Goal: to bridge knowledge from basic and clinical neuroscience in order to improve how we understand, predict, and treat age- and disease-related cognitive impairment. Click here for information on the Clinical Neuroscience Lab.

Charles Holahan, Professor and Graduate Advisor – Health psychology, with a specialization in stress and coping. Research focus on “stress resistance,” which examines factors that discriminate between people who remain healthy vs. those who become emotionally or physically ill in the context of life stressors. Click here for information on occupational health psychology.

Theresa A. Jones, Professor – Plasticity of neural structures and synaptic connectivity in adult animals following brain damage and during learning, one goal being to address the efficacy of using behavior as “therapy” to promote brain changes which are functionally adaptive. Click here for information on the Jones Lab.

Robert A. Josephs, Professor – Explore psychological mechanisms underlying clinical outcomes such as alcohol use disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and PTSD using techniques from human endocrinology, molecular genetics, and social psychology. Click here for information on the Clinical Neuroendocrinology Lab.

Hongjoo (Joanne) Lee, Assistant Professor – Understand amygdala-dopamine systems in learning and memory and apply this knowledge to better understand the nature of emotional and cognitive problems seen among people with neurological disorders (Parkinson’s, in particular). Click here for information on the Lee Lab.

Marc Lewis, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor – Molecular biology of rare diseases.

Martita Lopez, Director of Clinical Training; Clinical Professor – Effectiveness of insomnia treatments, geropsychology.

Rebecca Neal-Beevers, Research Scientist – Identification of early markers of development delay in at-risk populations and childhood autism. Click here for the Child Development in Context Laboratory.

James Pennebaker, Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts, the Departmental Chair in the Psychology Department – Natural language use, group dynamics, and personality in educational and other real world settings.

Mark Powers, Research Associate Professor – Nature, causes, and treatment of PTSD and other Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders.

Timothy Schallert, Distinguished Teaching Professor – Recovery of function after brain injury and treatment strategies for stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain cancer, drug abuse, and spinal cord injury. Click here for the Schallert Lab.

David M. Schnyer, Associate Professor – The role of cognitive control in memory and mood regulation, as well as genetic influence, individual differences and aging, and disruption to control systems due to fatigue, brain injury, or depression. Click here for the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory.

Jasper Smits, Professor – Development of behavioral and integrative treatments for anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, PTSD) and related problems (smoking, overeating, physical inactivity). Click here for the Anxiety and Health Behaviors Lab.

Eric Stice, Adjunct Associate Professor, Senior Research Scientist – The etiology and prevention of mental health disorders, particularly depression and eating disorders, in adolescents.

Michael Telch, Professor – Panic disorder, anxiety disorders, cognitive processes in fear reduction, and evaluation of psychotherapeutic outcome.

David Tucker, Associate Professor – Recovery of function following neurological injury, neuropsychological subtypes of attention deficit disorder, and mechanisms of mild traumatic brain injury.

Department of Sociology

Robert Angel, Professor – Medical sociology, social welfare, poverty and minorities, demography and epidemiology, research methods and statistics. Click here for more information on Robert Angel.

Mark Hayward, Director, PRD, Professor of Sociology and Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts – The influence of life course exposures and events on the morbidity and mortality experiences of the older population (e.g., social inequality and the biomarkers of aging; health consequences of marriage, divorce, and widowhood, relationship between childhood health and adult morbidity). Click here for more information on Mark Hayward.

Kristine Hopkins, Research Assistant Professor – Reproductive health issues in Texas, the US-Mexico border, and Latin America (e.g., reproductive health policies, contraceptive availability among Mexican origin women on US-Mexico border). Click here for more information on Kristine Hopkins.

Robert Hummer, Professor – Health and mortality disparities across population groups in the United States, with links between migration and health, and religion and health. Click here for more information on Robert Hummer.

John Mirowsky, Professor – Social aspects of health and well-being. Effects of education, employment, economic hardship, age at first birth, neighborhood disadvantage and disorder, and the sense of personal control. Click here for more information on John Mirowsky.

Marc Musick, Professor – Medical sociology, social factors and health, religion and health (e.g., interplay between mental health, hypertension, and religious activity), how volunteering influences physical and mental health. Click here for more information on Marc Musick.

Joseph Potter, Professor – Reproductive health, population and development, and demographic estimation.

Daniel Powers, Professor – Health disparities, especially the infant mortality paradox and race/ethnic comparisons of change in infant mortality over time.

Thomas Pullum, Professor Emeritus; Director of Research, MEASURE DHS Project, CIF Macro – Human fertility, especially in developing countries, and development of quantitative research methods in sociology and demography.

Catherine Ross, Professor – Education, socioeconomic status, and health, and how neighborhoods influence residents’ physical and mental health. Click here for more information on Catherine Ross.

Sharmila Rudrappa, Associate Professor – Gender, labor, race, and immigration. Surrogacy in India (i.e., the cultural politics of assisted reproductive technologies in India). Click here for more information on Sharmila Rudrappa.

Debra Umberson, Professor – Relationships and health across the life course (e.g., marital transitions and body weight, stress and health behavior, gender and health habit processes in gay, lesbian, and straight couples, and health policy addressing the link between social ties and health). Click here for more information on Debra Umberson.

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Department of Neuroscience

Richard W. Aldrich, Professor, Karl Folkers Chair in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research II – Understanding the mechanisms of ion channel function and the role of ion channels in electrical signaling and physiology; Alcohol and addition, learning and memory, aging.

Nigel S. Atkinson, Professor – Molecular mechanisms underlying drug tolerance and identifying genes and transcriptional responses implicated in drug tolerance and addiction.

Laura L. Colgin, Assistant Professor – Understanding the relationship between brain rhythms and behavior and determining which circuits are involved as a way to gain insight into diseases associated with aberrant rhythmic activity (e.g., schizophrenia, autism, and Alzheimer’s). 

Adron Harris, Professor – Molecular mechanisms responsible for alcoholism and drug dependence, including the effects of alcohol and drugs on brain cells and changes in gene expressions that are responsible for tolerance and dependence. Click here for more information on Adron Harris.

Daniel Johnston, Director, Center for Learning and Memory – Cellular and molecular mechanisms of synaptic integration and long-term plasticity of neurons in the medial temporal lobe and implications for learning, memory, and human epilepsy. Click here for more information on Daniel Johnston.

Hitoshi Morikawa, Associate Professor – Physiology and pathophysiology of the central dopaminergic system at the cellular, synaptic, and local circuit levels. Goal: to understand the role of the system in a variety of human behaviors as well as neuropsychiatric disorders like drug addiction, schizophrenia, and Parkinson disease.   Large current focus on drug addiction.

Jon Pierce-Shimomura, Assistant Professor – Genetic mechanisms of neurological disorders -- what are the underlying causes and potential cures for Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease?

Russell Poldrack, Professor – Translating basic cognitive neuroscience into the clinical domain, with collaborations on studies of schizophrenia, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, and drug addiction.

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Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Kevin Dalby, Professor – Identify potential for cancer treatment through elucidating the role of protein kinases.

Sean M. Kerwin, Associate Professor – Combination of synthetic organic chemistry with computational, biochemical, and molecular biological tools to design drugs that specifically target diseased cells or infectious agents. Long-term goal: development of selective strategies for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases.

Seongmin Lee, Assistant Professor – Gain insight into damage, repair, and enzymatic modifications of nucleic acids; specifically, base-excision DNA repair enzymes, DNA-modifying enzymes, and inhibitors of DNA-modifying enzymes. Click here for information on the Lee Research Group.

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

R. Adron Harris, M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Chair in Molecular Biology, Director of Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research – Molecular sites of alcohol action in brain and the molecular changes in brain that are responsible for alcohol dependence.

John DiGiovanni, Professor – Understanding how cancer develops and the identification of novel targets, mechanisms and strategies for cancer prevention.

Christine Duvauchelle, Associate Professor – Models of drug addiction, including behavioral and neurochemical analyses to assess alterations in motivational, emotional, and brain region-specific neurochemical status as the result of drug experience.

Rueben A. Gonzales, Jacques P. Servier Regents Professor – The neurochemical basis for ethanol drinking behavior.

Andrea C. Gore, Gustavus & Louise Pfeiffer Professor – Mechanisms by which the brain controls reproductive development and aging, effects of environmental endocrine disruptors on the developing brain, how environmental endocrine disruptors perturb brain structure, neural phenotypic properties, and sexually dimorphic behaviors in adulthood.

Michela Marinelli, Associate Professor – Biological bases of addiction using a systems-approach, including molecular, cellular, anatomical, and behavioral studies.

Edward M. Mills, Associate Professor – Define the molecular pathways that regulate aging and age-related metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Richard Morrisett, Professor – The role of amino-acid derived neurotransmitter systems and synaptic transmission in alterations that underlie a variety of forms of neural functioning and pathologies.

Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay, Assistant Professor – Understanding how intracellular trafficking regulates physiologically relevant cellular processes and how defects in trafficking alter cell physiology to induce human disease (e.g., cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and Wilson's disease). Click here for information on the Mukhopadhyay Lab.

Igor Ponomarev, Research Assistant Professor – Molecular mechanisms of alcohol addiction and molecular mechanisms of brain plasticity in response to genetic and pharmacological perturbations.

John H. Richburg, Division Head, Doluisio Regents Professor – Molecular and cellular mechanisms that initiate testicular germ cells to undergo apoptosis after injury by environmental or chemotherapeutic agents, which has implications for testicular cancer.

Karen Vasquez, Professor – Genome instability, DNA damage and mechanisms of repair with an emphasis on the role of DNA structure in human disease (e.g., cancer etiology), particularly on cancer-relevant chromosomal translocations, and the development of novel therapeutic strategies for treating cancer.

Casey Wright, Assistant Professor – Exploring the complex regulatory mechanisms that govern the activity of the pluripotent transcription factor nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB), which has implications for cancer.

Dawit Kidane, Assistant Professor – Cancer biology; DNA repair and genomic instability; infection-mediated inflammation and cancer; DNA damage response in preeclampsia; and screening DNA repair genes as a novel biomarkers for predicting preeclampsia. l

Robert O. Messing, Henry M. Burlage Centennial Professor of Pharmacy – Molecular mechanisms underlying addiction and comorbidities such as anxiety and pain, with focus on the role of certain kinases and their signaling pathways in order to develop new therapies.

Carla Van Den Berg, Associate Professor – Role of growth factor-mediated treatment resistance in breast cancer, with focus on a group of proteins known as JNK (c-Jun N-terminal Kinases) which are activated by receptor tyrosine kinases in breast cancer models.

Kaoru Kiguchi, Research Professor – Role of erbB2 during biliary tract and esophageal carcinogenesis and the role of Stat3 and Akt signalings in epithelial carcinogenesis and cell proliferation.

Department of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice

Kentya Ford, Assistant Professor – Health promotion, health behavior change, and health disparities among youth, underserved populations and minorities; behavioral science strategies to prevent and reduce cancer-related risk factors, including tobacco use, as well as other negative health risk behaviors that contribute to chronic illnesses.

Kenneth A. Lawson, Division Head of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice, Alfred and Dorothy Mannino Fellowship in Pharmacy, Professor – Factors affecting the utilization and costs of prescription medications and other health care services (including managed health care system activities such as generic utilization incentives, benefit design, formulary restrictions, and drug utilization review).

Karen L. Rascati, Stewart Turley/Eckerd Corporation Centennial Endowed Professor– Economic and outcomes evaluations for several disease states as well as for pharmacy services.

Lynn Crimson, Dean, James T. Doluisio Regents Chair, and Behrens Inc. Centennial Professor– Development and evaluation of strategies to improve the pharmacotherapy, pharmacoeconomics, and health outcomes of individuals with mental disorders, particularly severe and persistent mental disorders seen in adults and children.

Carolyn Brown, Regents Endowed Faculty Fellow, Professor – Understanding cultural and social elements that may impact both quality of care and therapeutic outcomes of patients with chronic illnesses, particularly ethnic minority patients who experience a disproportionate burden of poor health.

Department of Pharmaceutics

Debadyuti (Rana) Ghosh, Assistant Professor – Biologically-inspired, rational design of biomolecules (i.e. antibodies and peptides) and nanoscale materials for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics (e.g., improve early detection, guided surgical interventions, and monitoring of therapy regimens).

Maria A. Croyle, Professor – Development of novel methods for rapid immunization against dangerous pathogens like Ebola and reduce the immune response and associated toxicity associated with recombinant viruses. Additional projects focus on the long-term physiological effects of virus infection with respect to the immune response and drug metabolism.

Zhengrong Cui, Associate Professor – Rational drug and vaccine delivery including nanoparticles for vaccine and anti-cancer drug delivery, non-invasive immunization onto the skin, and cancer chemo-immunotherapy.

Alan B. Watts, Assistant Director, Drug Dynamics Institute, Adjunct Assistant Professor – Development-focused pharmaceutical research and advancing drug products through the preclinical stage (e.g., localized treatment of pulmonary indications to treat COPD, pharmacotherapy to prolong allograft survival in transplant recipients).

Nicholas A. Peppas, Professor – Use of intelligent biopolymers for drug and protein delivery under conditions of external physiological triggering mechanisms; developing novel transmucosal and oral delivery systems for insulin, interferon-beta, and calcitonin; developing novel transmucosal systems for siRNA delivery.

Jay Peters, Adjunct Professor and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, UTSHC-San Antonio – Evaluation of pulmonary infection, chronic obstructive lung disease, lung transplantation and pulmonary fibrosis. Primary interest is in chronic asthma.

Department of Pharmacotherapy

Christopher R. Frei, Associate Professor – Using pharmacoepidemiology, comparative-effectiveness, and microbial genomics to study infectious diseases, including pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections, and HIV.

Bryson Duhan, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor – Infectious diseases and diabetes.

Jodie S. Gee, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor – Chronic disease state management, including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and anticoagulation.

Laurajo Ryan, Pharm.D., Clinical Associate Professor – Diabetes, nutrition, and cirrhosis.

Stephen R. Saklad, Clinical Associate Professor – Serious mental illness and its treatment, particularly identification of endophenotypes by analysis of large demographic, process, and outcome databases.

Y. W. Francis Lam, James O. Burke Centennial Fellow Clinical Associate Professor – Pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacogenetic aspect of drug therapy; specifically, how inter-individual variability in drug metabolism can affect response to drugs and susceptibility to biological disorder.

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Jacqueline Angel, Professor – Impact of social policies on the health and well-being of aging immigrants (e.g., grant-funded study assessing longitudinal health and long-term care needs of older Hispanic people).

Joshua Busby, Associate Professor – Global public health, HIV/AIDS.

Carolyn Heinrich, Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy – Healthcare reform provisions and policy factors that support effective provision of substance abuse treatment services.

Todd Olmstead, Associate Professor and Claudia U. Richter Fellow in Global Health Policy – Designing, implementing, and evaluating a wide variety of health care interventions and evidence-based practices; estimating the cost-effectiveness of integrating substance abuse treatment services directly into hospital inpatient units, computer vs. clinician delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with a substance use disorder, and providing mental health services to low-income pregnant and parenting women living in public housing.

Paul von Hippel, Assistant Professor – Relationship between schooling, health, and obesity.

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Courtney Byrd, Associate Professor – Contribution of linguistic processing and motor planning to the onset, development, and maintenance of childhood stuttering.

Barbara Davis, Professor – Speech acquisition and relationships of phonetic patterns observed in child speakers to phonological patterns used by mature speakers of language; vocal development in infants with profound hearing impairment who receive cochlear implants; clinical populations in which speech acquisition is either different or delayed.

Maya Henry, Assistant Professor – Nature and treatment of aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders.

Thomas Marquardt, Professor – Aphasia, dysarthria, and cognitive communication disorders; speech motor control and affective processing deficits resulting from brain damage.

Elizabeth Pena, Professor – Differentiating between language difference and language impairment in bilinguals (e.g., by developing assessment protocols).

Harvey Sussman, Professor – speech motor control, coarticulatory dynamics, hemispheric specialization, stuttering, development apraxia and aphasia.

Department of Communication Studies

Erin Donovan-Kicken, Assistant Professor – How do people communicatively cope with major life stressors? Strategic management of sensitive information and difficult conversations (e.g., antecedents and consequences of conversations about cancer and HIV, efforts involved in managing information across the illness trajectory).

Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Ron Anderson, Associate Professor – Application of social cognitive theory to public health campaigns, such as the prevention of drunken driving and eating disorders

LeeAnn Kahlor, Associate Professor – Health and environmental risk communication with an emphasis on information seeking and processing.

Brad Love, Assistant Professor – Persuasive capabilities of mass media, particularly as applied to prosocial topics such as public health.

Michael Mackert, Associate Professor – Health literacy, with particular interest in the best ways to design health messages to reach low health literate populations; telemedicine implementations to provide healthcare services at a distance; mass media/interpersonal impacts on health behaviors.

Patricia Stout, Professor – Emotional response to advertising and health-promotion messages, the role of social marketing and the effectiveness of health communication, media and mental illness stigma.

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Department of Human Development and Family Science

Theodore H Dix, Associate Professor – Parenting competence and developmental risk, particularly how and why depressive symptoms disrupt both parenting and early socioemotional development.

Marci E. Gleason, Assistant Professor – How transitions or stressful contexts influence individual and relationship processes (e.g., the role of social support in regulating emotion, health, and relationship functioning for first time parents, how pathological personality traits present in older adults, the influence of personality disorders on health and relationship functioning).

Department of Nutritional Sciences

Molly Bray, Faculty – Genetics of obesity, energy balance, and exercise response; relationship between energy balance and lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition, and circadian patterns of behavior.

Margaret E. Briley, Faculty – Applied nutrition with a special focus on child nutrition, obesity, nutrition education.

Robert M. Cabrera, Researcher – Birth defects, foliate deficiency, stem cells, teratogens – research fellow at Dell Pediatric Research Institute.

Javier Conde Vancells, Researcher – birth defects, folic acid, nutrition, stem cells, teratogens.

Jaimie Davis, Faculty – Designing and disseminating nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral interventions to reduce obesity and related metabolic disorders in overweight minority children and adolescents.

Linda A. deGraffenried, Faculty – Mechanisms by which breast and prostate cancer become highly aggressive, focusing on the signaling that occurs within the cell to promote survival of the cancer cell even in the face of treatment that should promote the death of the cell. Investigates both pharmacological and diet and lifestyle factors that modulate the cancer process.

John DiGiovanni, Faculty – Cancer development and identifying new targets, mechanisms, and strategies for cancer prevention, looking at both environmental and genetic factors (e.g., cellular signaling pathways, target cells, genes that confer susceptibility to environmentally-induced cancer, impact of obesity on cancer development and progression).

Richard Finnell, Faculty – Focus on the interaction between specific genes and nutritional factors as they influence normal embryonic development. Exploring benefits of B vitamin folic acid. Goal: develop better means of identifying high-risk pregnancies, optimize the use of nutritional factors to avoid preventable birth defects.

Jeanne H. Freeland-Graves, Faculty – Obesity, trace elements (e.g., manganese), and food science. Genetic relationship between obesity and cardiovascular risk factors, liver function markers, and insulin resistance; nutritional, environmental, etc. influences on post-childbirth weight retention; relationship of zinc to metabolic syndrome, bioavailability, and taste acuity.

Ladia M. Hernandez, Researcher – health, obesity.

Deanna M. Hoelscher, Affiliated Faculty-Adjunct Professor – Public health. Director of the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living

Stephen D. Hursting, Faculty – Nutritional modulation of the carcinogenesis process, emphasizing the molecular, cellular, and hormonal changes underlying important nutrition and cancer associations (focus on energy balance/obesity).

Christopher A. Jolly, Faculty – Influence of aging and diet on immune functions with special emphasis on lipid metabolism and signal transduction (i.e., how do changes in fat metabolism regulate immune function in childhood/young adulthood through old age?). Goal: to identify dietary factors to improve immune function and subsequent health at various stages of life.

Kimberly Kline, Faculty – Nutrition and cancer biology. Goal: to better our understanding of the biological actions of vitamin E (natural and synthetic) – what is the role of certain vitamin E compounds as tumor cell growth inhibitors?

Yunping Lei, Researcher – birth defects, development biology, genetic, planar cell polarity.

Monica Meadows, Faculty – Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Bob G. Sanders, Faculty – Cancer biology and biological response modification. Currently focused on investigating the role of vitamin E compounds as biological response modifiers of cancer cell growth, survival, and metastasis.

Sara J. Sweitzer, Faculty – Childhood nutrition, role of parent behaviors in childhood obesity. Current large study evaluating the impact of a nutrition education program bringing together child care center staff, children, and parents to improve sack lunch food choices.

Stefano Tiziani, Faculty – How drug-induced modulation of tumor metabolism and nutrient microenvironment effect treatment outcome. Goal: gather information about the selectivity of treatments toward specific diseases, which can be rapidly translated into a personalized drug treatment. Other focus on oxidative stress, energy balance in diet, and obesity in cancer risk.

Mercedes Vazquez-Chantada, Researcher – Birth defects, folic acid, stem cells, teratogens.

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William Aspray, Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technologies – Health informatics, currently the informatics of diabetes. Click here for more information on William Aspray.

Barbara Immroth, Professor – Consumer health information

Unmil Karadkar, Assistant Professor – Health informatics

Yan Zhang, Assistant Professor – consumer health information needs and information seeking and the design of consumer health information systems (e.g., designed an interactive game employing real time facial synthesis and automatic expression analysis techniques to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to recognize emotions embedded in human facial expression). Click here for more information on Yan Zhang.

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Gayle Acton, Associate Professor – Focus on older adult clientele, particularly caregivers of adults with dementia; interventions and resources that aid caregivers in coping more effectively with caregiving duties, thus achieving a higher level of well-being.

Sung-Heui Bae, Assistant Professor – Focus on nursing workforce policy, state mandatory overtime policy, comprehensive nurse staffing characteristics, and nursing sensitive patient outcomes.

Heather Becker, Research Scientist Program evaluation, including studies related to disability and cancer survivorship; investigating correlates of health promoting behaviors and quality of life among cancer survivors with pre-existing functional limitations and to refine a health intervention; adding depth to knowledge about health promotion in chronic disabling conditions by incorporating a longitudinal follow-up of an existing sample of rural and urban persons with multiple sclerosis, integrating additional outcome measures; and testing a theoretically and empirically based intervention to promote the health and well-being of women with the chronic disabling condition of fibromyalgia.

Karen Borich, Instructor in Clinical Nursing– Focus on acute in-patient pediatric care and primary care general pediatrics.

Sharon Brown, Joseph H. Blades Centennial Memorial Professor in Nursing Focus on health promotion/disease prevention in Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes, including Meta-analysis of Biobehavioral Determinants of Health Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes.

Patricia Carter, Associate Professor Behavioral Sleep Medicine approaches for decreasing insomnia in family caregivers of persons with chronic and disabling conditions; specific focus on designing, testing, and evaluating non-pharmacologic approaches to decreasing insomnia and depression symptoms while improving quality of life in active and bereaved family caregivers of persons with chronic and disabling conditions.

Sharon Carter, Instructor in Clinical Nursing Critical care medicine, forensic nursing and nursing informatics.

Jane Dimmitt Champion, Professor – Focus on STI/HIV, substance use, adolescent and women’s health, unintended pregnancy and interpersonal violence.

Angela Clark, Associate Professor Emerita Focus on heart failure, heart health and illness, outcomes from cardiopulmonary resuscitation, acute care nursing interventions related to cardiopulmonary health and recovery, especially as related to oxygenation, prevention of adverse events in health care settings, diabetes care-acute care interventions and education for self-care, family presence during resuscitation and invasive procedures, and clinical nurse specialist practice and outcomes.

Nola Cottom, Instructor in Clinical Nursing – Focus on Parent Education, specifically Lamaze, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding and CPR for expectant parents.

Jan Fox, Instructor in Clinical Nursing – Psychiatric nursing, interpersonal communications, change management, group dynamics, hospice nursing, cultural differences affecting patient care, and minority representation in nursing and nursing education.

Alexandra Garcia, Associate Professor– Focus on the symptom experience of Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes and the exploration of social, cultural, and economic influences on health promotion practices, diabetes self-management, and quality of life.

Carol Gaskamp, Associate ProfessorNursing education and community health nursing practice and administration, including quality of life, congregational health ministries and volunteer health organizations as systems of care, spirituality, healing and environment of care, food security, and online education.

Corinne Grimes, Assistant Professor Focus on nursing education with an emphasis on student educational outcomes, retention and progression; test-taking for those considering entry into nursing; and the study of outcomes from the use of interactive classroom technology. Clinical simulation within remote sites and the use of reinforcement to enhance student competence with clinical decision making.

Nancy Guillet, Instructor in Clinical Nursing Community health programs, specifically focusing on underserved Latino populations to promote health, disease prevention and health education.

Tracie Harrison, Associate Professor Focus on aging with disabilities, specifically the intersection between age-related change and functional impairment and how that affects social role performance and subsequent health outcomes in women.

Sherry Hendrickson, Assistant Professor Focus on reducing childhood injury/improving parental home safety behaviors, and women’s experiences with disability. Conducted Hispanic father’s focus groups to discuss protecting children in the home; conducted interviews in Spanish that examine women’s experience of disablement. Experience includes Peace Corps, neuroscience nursing and education.

Amy Holland, Instructor in Clinical Nursing Focus on general medical/surgical care and bedside nursing. Experience managing pharmaceutical clinical trials and consulting for an ethical review board approving research studies on human subjects.

Sharon Horner, Associate Dean for Research & Dolores V. Sands Chair in Nursing Research –Primary work with school-aged children with asthma and their families who live in rural areas with a secondary focus on health promotion and risk prevention among school age and early adolescent youths.

Sheryl Innerarity, Associate Professor ­­­ Her academic and research interests include symptom management in patients with chronic diseases, acute illnesses in adults, fluid, electrolyte and acid base issues, and renal disease. Other interests include advanced practice legislative issues.

Karen E. Johnson, AssistantProfessor– Adolescent health and public health nursing research focusing on: promoting resilience and positive youth development and preventing health-risk behaviors through sport and physical activity; surveillance and secondary analyses of large epidemiological data sets that track health-risk behaviors and risk/protective factors among adolescents at-risk for school dropout (e.g., Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Minnesota Student Survey); and developing intergenerational interventions that link students at-risk for school dropout with community-dwelling older adults.

Regina Jones Johnson, Associate Professor Focus on childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault, violence against women and children, drug use, substance abuse, determinants of health behaviors, ethical and legal issues in health care and nursing, international and family health and sexual risk behaviors.

Gendy Joiner-Rogers, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing Research includes chronic heart failure, chronic illness and involvement of chronically ill older-aged adults in health care decisions, interprofessional education for Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists students, and successful transition and retention of new nurses into clinical practice settings.

Terry Jones, Assistant Professor – Improving the nursing work environment and the quality and safety of nursing care in acute care hospitals; exploring relationships among measures of nursing work time quality and patient outcomes.

Miyong Kim, Associate Vice President for Community Health Engagement & La Quinta Centennial Endowed Professor Focus on community-based participatory research (CBPR) as means of reducing cardiovascular health related disparities among traditionally undeserved ethnic minority populations (i.e., Korean Americans), as well as examining the effectiveness of self-care strategies for improving health outcomes and overcoming racial, ethnic and social disparities in healthcare.

Eileen Kintner, Associate Professor – Combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, from a life-span development perspective, to increase understanding of the cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial issues that impact condition severity, quality of life, and use of healthcare services of older school-age children, adolescents, and young adults living with chronic, life-threatening, and terminal conditions.

Li-Chen Lin, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing – Focus on nurse’s work environments, role transitions, quality and safety in healthcare, relationships between staffing patterns in acute rehabilitation facilities on nurse and patient outcomes, and the use of color as an alternative in learning beginning IV skills among pre-licensure nursing students.

Martha Meraviglia, Associate Professor Care of people with multiple chronic conditions, health promotion in cancer survivors including the biological, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of living with cancer.

Sybil Momii, Instructor in Clinical Nursing – Focus includes Maternity Nursing (Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum, OB/GYN High Risk outpatient care), adult Nutrition Support Nursing and adult Central Line Team/PICC Team nursing care. Certified Nutrition Support Nurse.

Kavita Radhakrishnan, Assistant Professor Focus on ways to implement home healthcare technology such as remote monitoring and homecare EHR to transform and improve current practices in caring for elderly individuals with chronic diseases.

Lynn Rew, Professor – Focus on sexual health and health behaviors of adolescents, including homeless young women.

Donna Rolin-Kenny, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing – Focus on community psychiatry and substance use disorders, including cognitive behavioral, group, and family psychotherapies as well as evaluation and pharmacotherapy for persons with serious mental illness and cognitive disorders in inpatient, community and forensic settings.

Cherie Simpson, Assistant Professor Focus on the sleep quality of caregivers and the relationship between sleep quality, mastery, stress, and depression; working towards development of a multicomponent intervention to improve caregiver sleep and reduce negative health outcomes that can occur with prolonged caregiving.

Alexa Stuifbergen, Laura Lee Blanton Chair in Nursing & James R. Dougherty, JR. Centennial Professor in Nursing, Dean for the School of Nursing Research related to health promotion for persons with chronic and disabling conditions; instruction in health promotion, chronic conditions, and rehabilitation for undergraduate and graduate courses.

Carole Taxis, Associate Professor Providing care and resources to terminally patients and their families; teaching and providing care to persons with mental health concerns; delivery of culturally competent care, particularly at end-of-life; and the diversification of the nursing workforce to include more people of color.

Gayle Timmerman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor – Focus on health promotion, including eating patterns, weight in women, binge eating, weight management, behavior change, and assessment of nutritional status and obesity. Goal: develop a sound theoretical basis for individualized interventions to achieve long-term weight loss and prevention of weight gain.

Diane Tyler, Professor – Health promotion and disease prevention, including weight and health of children and their families, and creating systems in primary care community-based settings to improve delivery of preventive health services.

Debbie Volker, Associate Professor – Ethical issues and end-of-life care for adults with a cancer diagnosis; bioethics, oncology nursing, and qualitative research methods.

Lorraine Walker, Professor – Maternal and infant health and well-being, including surveys of new mothers (to find areas where mothers have unmet health needs and discover opinions about how health needs might be met through technology or in health care.

Linda Yoder, Associate Professor – Focus on examining the nursing work environment for staff nurses, career development of nurses, and quality of life in patients with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, cardiovascular, and pulmonary disease.

Cara Young, Assistant Professor – Research includes cross-sectional and longitudinal examinations of factors associated with development of depressive and anxiety symptoms in adolescents; adolescent mental health with an emphasis on mental health promotion and prevention.

Bo Xie, Associate Professor – Interdisciplinary training in Medicine, Psychology, and Science and Technology Studies with a focus on health informatics interventions to promote older adults’ use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health information and decision-making (i.e., e-health literacy, impacting patient-provider relationships and health outcomes.

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Namkee G. Choi, Professor – Depression in late life and the development and psychosocial interventions for depressive symptoms among both community-dwelling and institutionalized older adults (e.g., testing the feasibility and effectiveness of delivering problem-solving therapy (PST) for homebound older adults via home-based, low-cost videoconferencing methods).

Yessenia Castro, Assistant Professor – Health disparities among minority and underserved populations, with an emphasis on smoking cessation.

Catherine Cubbin, Associate Professor – Socioeonomic and racial/ethnic inequalities in health for the purpose of informing policy. Focus on social inequalities in injuries, cardiovascular disease, health behaviors, mortality, and maternal, infant, and adolescent health.

Monica Faulkner, Research Associate – Child welfare, teen pregnancy/parenthood, women’s health, child care, Latino families.

Cynthia G. S. Franklin, Assistant Dean for Doctoral Education and Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health – Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) for children and adolescents. Studies and systematic reviews have resulted in SFBT being recognized by Federal agencies such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices (2013).

Dorie Gilbert, Associate Professor – Evidence-based, Africentric interventions to address health and mental health disparities; psychosocial concerns among people living with HIV; risk and resilience among mothers living with HIV and their children; community and school-based Africentric interventions.

Lori Holleran Steiker, Associate Professor, University Distinguished Teaching Professor – Culturally grounded substance abuse prevention and intervention, currently expanding into areas of dissonance-based substance abuse intervention, the bridge between prevention and treatment, and addiction recovery.

Yuri Jang, Associate Professor – Gerontology, health disparities, minority aging and acculturation (e.g., diabetes and depressive symptoms in Korean American older adults), mental health and service utilization.

Barbara Jones, Assistant Dean for Health Affairs, Associate Professor, and Co-Director at The Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival Oncology and palliative care; improving care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and their families.

Molly Lopez, Research Associate Professor – Mental health services research, evidence-based practice, trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT). Recently, she has led an NIMH-funded project exploring the effectiveness of CBT for adults with severe and chronic depression in public mental health clinics. She is also currently studying trauma-focused CBT for implementation with children and adolescents in correctional facilities.

Yolanda C. Padilla, Professor of Social Work and Women’s Studies – Understanding of poverty to inform the development of effective social welfare policy; racial and ethnic disparities in health and well-being in the United States, particularly among Latino populations.

Beth C. Pomeroy, Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Social Work Concentration – Clinical social work courses with a focus on mental health, health and children and families; HIV/AIDS interventions (e.g., mental health and substance abuse needs of HIV infected persons in Texas).

Michele Rountree, Associate Professor – Interplay of social, cultural, political, and economic factors as determinants for women’s heightened risk for experiencing intimate partner violence and STDs such as HIV/AIDS; the impact of structural and program characteristics and client attributes in the efficacy and utilization of services.

Christopher Salas-Wright, Assistant Professor and Faculty Affiliate, Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies – Etiology of adolescent alcohol and drug use; intersection of substance use and HIV risk behavior.

Clay T. Shorkey, Josleen and Frances Lockhart Memorial Professor for Direct Practice in Social Work and Director of Social Work Learning Resource Center – Mental health and chemical dependence, spirituality and faith-based chemical dependence treatment, and culturally competent/relevant services for underserved populations in chemical dependence programs.

Richard Spence, Research Professor – Epidemiology of alcohol and other drug problems, needs assessment for alcohol and other drug services, outcomes assessment and performance management for alcohol and other drug treatment.

Nanette Stephens, Research Scientist – Developing, training, implementing, and evaluating interventions based on motivational interviewing (MI) and the transtheoretical model (TTM) construct and processes; consulting, coaching, supervising the utilization of individual and group-based applications of MI and the TTM in mental health, substance use, and health-care settings.

Mary Velasquez, Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional, and Corporate Excellence; Director, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute – Development and implementation of interventions using the Transtheoretical Model and Motivational Interviewing in the areas of integrated primary care, screening and brief interventions, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, prenatal health, HIV prevention, and smoking cessation.

Kirk von Sternberg, Associate Professor – Testing health behavior interventions based on the Transtheoretical Model of Change and Motivational Interviewing including prevention of alcohol- and tobacco-exposed pregnancy, HIV prevention and safer sexual practices, and alcohol and other substance abuse in medical settings; examining mechanisms of change and conducting psychometric analyses of current process of change assessments.

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Addiction Science Research and Education Center– ASREC is a group of scientists whose mission is to communicate the latest findings in Addiction Science to the public, in terms that make the message easy to understand. Carlton Erickson, Director; Richard Wilcox, Associate Director; Joseph Miller, PhD.

The Center for Advancement of Research and Education in Infectious DiseasesThis Center is comprised of clinicians and researchers who have a keen interest and dedication to the study of infectious diseases. The goals of the center are to increase our understanding of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy through laboratory-based, translational, and clinical research; to foster clinical and graduate research training; and to enhance knowledge of healthcare providers in the community through continuing education programs.

Center for Brain, Behavior, and Evolution – The Center for Brain, Behavior and Evolution (BB&E) is dedicated to the synthesis of evolutionary, psychological, physiological and genomic approaches to the study of behavior. We foster collaborative research and education to promote innovation within the field, and communicate these advances to the public. Through basic research, we provide novel perspectives on problems in human health, wildlife conservation and other applications of behavioral sciences.  Director: Steve Phelps.

Center for Infectious Disease – The mission of the Center for Infectious Disease is to conduct basic and translational research into the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal infections and strategies for their prophylaxis and therapy. These efforts also include characterizing and predicting the spread of infectious diseases through populations, and supporting programs to define the human and animal responses to challenge by infectious agents and how human genetics impact susceptibility to infection. The long-term goals of the CID are to promote interdisciplinary infectious disease research throughout the university; establish mentoring programs for undergraduates, graduate students, health professionals, and junior faculty; build ties to local and national medical centers; facilitate the submission of program project and training grants; and, translate the results of research into clinical and public health practice. The CID will stress an interdisciplinary approach, promoting projects that span the boundaries of traditional scientific fields. Director: Marvin Whiteley.

Center for Learning and Memory – The Center for Learning and Memory (CLM) is a basic research center comprised of neuroscientists with the shared goal of elucidating the mechanisms that govern learning and memory. Memory matters. A lot. It is one of the qualities that makes us human. It is thus a cruel fact that many diseases that impact brain health, including Alzheimer’s, addiction, depression, traumatic injury, epilepsy and stroke, affect learning and memory and place a staggering burden on society in terms of human suffering and economic impact. Given these costs to society, CLM’s research is unquestionably for and about our daily lives and public health. Research at CLM builds the foundation of knowledge about the brain that is essential for understanding disorders of learning and memory. Our goal is to begin to understand, at a fundamental level, what it means to be human. Director: Daniel Johnston.

Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies The center examines the impact of pharmaceutical services and products on patients' quality of life and health care outcomes through cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, cost-utility and cost-minimization analyses and to disseminate scholarly findings.

Center for Social Work Research

Addiction Research Institute (ARI) – Addiction Research Institute (ARI) focuses on substance abuse among under-served populations (particularly African-Americans and Mexican-Americans). The Program adopts a uniquely social work perspective, emphasizing factors at the individual, family, organizational, societal, and cultural level that influence substance abuse and substance abuse treatment.

The Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRT)– HBRT specializes in the development and implementation of interventions to address health behaviors and in the training and supervision of providers in the field who address behavior change on the front lines. Our theoretical framework is based on the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Through funding primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our intervention research focuses on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; alcohol, cocaine, smoking, and other substance disorders; STI testing; HIV and safer sexual practices; and screening and brief motivational interventions in medical settings.

The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health – The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health is a multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on improving the social, emotional, and behavioral health of Texans. The scope of the Institute’s effort includes evidence-based practice implementation, workforce training and technical assistance, research and evaluation, policy and program development, and information dissemination.

Center for Systems and Synthetic BiologyThe Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology (CSSB) brings together UT researchers across a range of disciplines to quantitatively understand and engineer the regulatory networks underlying organismal biology. Research at the CSSB is focused on the integration of genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics data—offering a more unified view of organisms as integrated networks. Such systems-wide, interdisciplinary approaches allow us to better define the functions of genes, and to accelerate the discovery of new pathways that are critical for various traits and diseases.

Dell Pediatric Research InstituteFaculty at DPRI conduct scientific and biomedical research and collaborate with practitioners at the Dell Children’s Medical Center and other healthcare facilities to translate research findings into practical applications at the clinical level. The institute’s emphasis is on translational research – translating scientific research into products, programs and treatments to improve the health of society’s youngest members. DPRI fosters collaboration among researchers in health-related disciplines at The University of Texas at Austin and also engages the UT System’s renowned health institutions, thus bringing together cutting-edge medical expertise across the UT System. The ultimate goal is to improve children’s health in Central Texas and beyond.

The Drug Dynamic Institute – The Drug Dynamics Institute is a multi-disciplinary research center where scientists, educators, businesses and regulatory specialists collaborate in finding solutions to a wide range of biomedical, pharmaceutical and public health issues. The Drug Dynamics Institute brings together an extensive network of faculty and researchers to cultivate ideas and programs that enhance the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics.

Imaging Research Center– The Imaging Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin is dedicated to serve as a center of excellence in imaging science and technology through intensive interactions with academe, industry, government, and other laboratories in the US and abroad.  The research problems addressed at the IRC are for the public good and include cognitive brain functions as associated with training and performance, investigation of the underlying factors associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, understanding brain functions as they relate to addiction, and multiple other biological processes which are appropriate for study using MRI. Researchers are also developing new fMRI and MRI techniques and procedures. This research is conducted in a newly constructed lab specifically for this purpose using a high-field (3 Tesla) MRIt, an image analysis computer suite, test rooms, fully outfitted electronics & machine shops, offices, and a conference/classroom area.

Institute for NeuroscienceThe Institute for Neuroscience (INS) is the intellectual and administrative center for neuroscience research at the University of Texas at Austin. The INS administers the neuroscience graduate program and is home to more than 70 diverse neuroscience related faculty that represent all major disciplines and techniques in neuroscience including molecular, physiology, cellular and systems research, cognition, behavior, and the neurobiology of disease. The multidisciplinary environment fostered by the INS creates a vibrant, collaborative and exciting environment that poises the INS on the cutting edge of neuroscience training and research.

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational RiskThe Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated practices to influence educators, researchers, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders who strive to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all learners.

Population Research Center– The Population Research Center is an interdisciplinary research unit of the University of Texas at Austin that provides support for population-related research projects at UT. Faculty researchers come from departments all across campus. Our researchers' projects focus primarily on health disparities, parenting, partnering and human development, educational inequality and opportunity, and socioeconomic inequality and work. The elimination of health disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status is a key public health priority in the United States. Health disparities indicate the fault lines of inequalities in well-being in a population. In a society that is striving for both overall excellence as well as excellence health within all subgroups, disparities symbolize systematic, unequal access to some of society's most important resources, including the length of life itself. In addition, for those subgroups with less favorable health and higher mortality levels compared to the most advantaged subgroups, there is a substantial amount of human suffering, increased health care costs, and loss of economic productivity that could potentially be alleviated if health disparities did not exist. Large numbers of children, youth, and adult family members in the U.S. population face substantial challenges to healthy development from poverty, family instability, and disadvantages associated with minority status. PRC researchers are addressing important scientific questions about the social conditions and behaviors that promote or interfere with the health and well-being of children and families. This work is guided by a life course perspective that integrates demographic and population constructs with individual and family-level processes and transitions across the lifespan. PRC researchers collectively investigate all portions of the life course - from conception, pregnancy and infancy, to childhood and adolescences, and throughout adulthood. Throughout this work, PRC researchers emphasize knowledge that informs policy, prevention, and optimal points of intervention, and they are nationally renowned for their pioneering research on race/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health.

PUSH: Public Understanding of Science and HealthPUSH is a research and teaching initiative of the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.

Our mission is to improve the public's understanding of - and engagement with - science and health topics. Our primary goal is to facilitate relationships among UT researchers interested in public understanding of and public engagement with science and health topics. Our secondary goal is to seek internal and external funding that will:

  • Foster interdisciplinary research among UT scholars.
  • Foster research collaborations with scholars external to UT.
  • Facilitate theoretically rich projects that focus on how people come to understand and engage with science and health topics.
  • Create communication interventions to 1) improve science and health literacy, and 2) positively impact attitudes and behaviors related to science and health issues.
  • Facilitate study of the potential of new technologies to facilitate public understanding of science and health.
  • Facilitate study of the impact of existing PUSH-related outreach efforts at UT.

Our tertiary goal is to provide UT students with service learning and research opportunities related to increasing public understanding of science and health. 

St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved PopulationsThe Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations was established in 1999. In August of 2011, the St. David’s Foundation made a gift to the School of Nursing to create a permanent endowment to support the Center. In recognition of this gift, the Center was renamed the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations. The mission of the center is to improve the health of underserved people through applied research.

The Texas Center for Disabilities StudiesOur mission is to serve Texas as a catalyst so that people with disabilities are living the lives they choose in supportive communities. We emphasize cultural and linguistic diversity as a foundation that guides our work.

University of Texas Interprofessional Education (UT-IPE)Our goal at UT-IPE is to provide the UT Austin community with a centralized location for interprofessional education (IPE) information that can be used by all health professions. Our purpose is: 1) to communicate opportunities to participate in IPE activities; 2) to provide resources that facilitate IPE; and 3) to disseminate the core Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competencies (IPEC) to preceptors, faculty, and students in the health professions through videos and links. We hope to remove some of the communication barriers that are inherent when busy health profession students, faculty, and preceptors try to coordinate activities with other health professions by providing a convenient clearinghouse for IPE information. The initial funding for UT-IPE was made possible by a US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Program grant entitled “Enhancing the Advanced Nursing Education of Clinical Nurse Specialists through Integration of Care for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions Using Interprofessional Education”.

Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research – Investigators from the College of Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Pharmacy explore alcohol and drug actions at the molecular, electrophysiological, and behavioral levels. Interdisciplinary collaborations allow the development of new tools and research approaches not possible in any one laboratory.

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