Mentoring Faculty

Name & AffiliationResearch Focus & Funding Mentoring Background

Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD (UTMB) Professor, Population Health & Health Disparities

Obesity, minority (Hispanic) health, physical functionR03 (PI), R01 (PI) Director of PhD Curriculum, mentors pre-doc, MD fellows, and MS students
Jacques Baillargeon, PhD (UTMB) Professor & Chair ad InterimMen’s health, testosterone & prostate cancer, epidemiologyU01 leader Men’s Health team Mentors pre- and post-doc students
Abbey Berenson, MD, PhD (UTMB) ProfessorObstetrics & Gynecology Women’s cancer preventionK12 (PI) Women’s health, Mentors junior faculty, post-doc, and research fellows
James S. Goodwin, MD (UTMB) Professor, Geriatrics & Palliative MedicineComparative effectiveness research, barriers to health care deliveryR01 (PI), K05 (PI), CPRIT grant (PI) PI CPRIT grant with mentoring of junior clinical investigators, former PI of P30 and T32
Jill Fleuriet, PhD (UTSA) Professor, Anthropology Cultural and medical anthropology, determinants of health, healthcare, and wellbeing (NSF) Assoc Dean Faculty Success; Assoc Dean Honors College
Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD (UTMB) Professor & Chair, Biostatistics and Data Science Biostatistics Comparative effectiveness research 2 R01’s (PI), T32 (PI), CPRIT (PI) AHRQ T32 PI, mentor junior faculty, pre- and post-doc students, fellows
Elizabeth Lyons, PhD, MPH (UTMB) Associate Professor & Chair ad Interim, Nutrition and Metabolism Technology to improve physical activity mHealth, R21 (PI), ACS grant (PI), R01 pending (PI) Mentors PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty
Kyriakos Markides, PhD (UTMB) Professor, Population Health & Health Disparities Aging and health in the Mexican American population, minority aging P30 (PI), R01 (PI), T32 (PI) RCMAR PI, mentors junior faculty, pre- and post-doc students/fellows
Emily Nicklett, PhD (UTSA), Associate Professor, Social Work and Public Health Minority aging, social gerontology, chronic disease, health promotion, CBPR approaches (NIH, AHRQ, RWJF) Mentors junior faculty, pre- and postdoctoral fellows
Amelie Ramirez, PhD (UTHSCSA), Professor and Chair, Population Health Sciences Population health Cancer, social determinants of health, clinical trials, health communications, tobacco prevention (NCI, P30, UG3(MPI), ACS, Komen, CPRIT) Director, Inst on H Promotion; Assoc Dir, Comm Outreach and Engagement; mentors junior faculty, pre-and-post-doctoral fellows
Fernando Riosmena, PhD (UTSA), Professor, Demography & Sociology Hispanic and immigrant Health; chronic health and aging disparitiesR01 (PI) and 2 R01s (Co-I) Director, Inst for Health Disparities Research mentors graduate students
Rogelio Saenz, PhD (UTSA), Professor, Demography Demography, race, health disparities, aging(DHHS, NSF, USDA) Former Dean College of Public Policy; mentors graduate students and junior faculty
Erica Sosa, PhD (UTSA), Professor, Public Health Hispanic health, diabetes, and obesity prevention (NIH, CDC) Assoc Dean for Research, Co-Dir Ctr for Community Based Health; mentors students and junior faculty
Elizabeth Vaughn, DO, MPH, RD (UTMB) Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine Hispanic health, diabetes interventions, community outreach R01 (PI), former K23 Mentors junior faculty and community health workers for intervention research teams
Rebeca Wong, PhD (UTHSCSA) Professor, Population Health & Health Disparities Economics and demography of aging among Mexicans, Immigrant health 2 R01’s (PI), T32 (PI) Mentors T32 pre- and postdocs, WHO/PAHO visiting Scientists, K01 and K12 awardees
Xiaohe Xu, PhD (UTSA), Professor, Sociology Population health (chronic disease, health behaviors, intimate partner violence), sociology of the family (HJF, ECMC, SAMHSA, DHHS) Former Department chair; mentors junior faculty, PhD and MS students

UTMB: University of Texas Medical Branch; UTSA: University of Texas at San Antonio; CPRIT: Cancer Prevention Research in Texas; UTHSCSA: UT Health Sciences Center at San Antonio; WHO/PAHO: World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization

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Phone: (409) 747-1987
Fax:  (409) 772-8931
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Last updated: June 10, 2024

The Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) is based at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). It includes mentors from UTMB, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Austin. Funding is provided by the National Institute on Aging, Grant Number P30AG059301. Contact Roxann Grover, MA regarding updates to this content.