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Population Health Faculty and Research

The College of Health Solutions aims to discover approaches to maintaining and improving the health of entire populations and reducing inequalities in health between groups of people.  We use a multidisciplinary approach blending the disciplines of public health/health promotion, biomedical informatics, health economics, nutrition, exercise science, and health care delivery to achieve new discoveries. We also employ a multi-level strategy with studies focused on individuals, social networks, communities, institutions, policies, systems, and environments to better understand the determinants of health.

A few examples of our work include:

  • Development of gender-specific and culturally-tailored healthy lifestyle interventions for racial/ethnic minority men
  • Examination of the strength and shape of relationships between environmental characteristics and physical activity, dietary patterns, and obesity
  • Applying patient-centered and systems engineering approaches to improve access to care for those in greatest need (poor, uninsured or underinsured)
  • Exploring behavioral economics and incentive structures to transform health care delivery and disease management
  • Nutritional strategies to enhance cardiometabolic health and the prevention and management of chronic disease

Faculty

Name
Marc Adams
Assoc Professor

Health behavior change is the overall theme of my work. I am a behavioral scientist with a background in psychology and public health. My background leads me to interests that include behavioral epidemiology and interventions

602-827-2470
Holly Aguila
Instructor

Aguila is an Exercise and Wellness instructor with an interest in health coaching, worksite wellness, and the Hispanic community.

Barbara Ainsworth
Regents Professor

Ainsworth is a Regents Professor Emerita with expertise in physical activity assessment. She is the lead author for the Adult Compendium of Physical Activity.

602-827-2291
  
Meg Bruening
Assoc Professor

Meg Bruening's research interests include public health nutrition promotion and obesity prevention targeted to underserved, vulnerable youth and families.

602-827-2266
Matthew Buman
Assoc Professor
602-827-2289
Sue Dahl Popolizio
Clinical Assoc Professor (FSC)

Sue Dahl-Popolizio, DBH, OTR/L, CHT. 20+ years of OT experience. Research/publication foci: OT in population health management, and on the integrated interprofessional primary care team.

602-496-1733
  
Devi Davis-Strong
602-496-1874
Cheryl Der Ananian
Assoc Professor
Kathleen Dixon
Clinical Professor, MY

Kathy Dixon is a clinical professor and the nutrition program coordinator. Her research interests include food service in healthcare and institutional settings, and pediatric diet therapy.

602-496-1854
  

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