Pre and Postdoctoral Training T32 Health of Older Minorities

Application Components
  • Send all completed materials to: Kelley Prevou,
    Research Project Manager
    (409) 747-1987
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Training Program Director: Rebeca Wong, PhD
Training Program Co-Director: Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD

Funded by the National Institute on Aging, this program provides training for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers interested in studying the health of older minorities, particularly older Hispanics.

Pre and postdoctoral fellows collaborate with Center faculty who have more than $57 million in research pertaining to minority health and aging in the areas of health disparities, aging trajectories, medical outcomes, health service utilization, social epidemiology, rehabilitation, psychosocial stress, and health promotion.

Mentoring teams provide expert guidance in an environment proven to maximize progress toward independent researcher status. Funded investigators include sociologists, economists, demographers, physicians, epidemiologists, and statisticians.


  • Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD
  • Jacques Baillargeon, PhD
  • Abbey Berensen, MD, PhD
  • Melanie de Boer, PhD
  • Nai-Wei Chen, PhD
  • Brian Downer, PhD
  • Karl Eschbach, PhD
  • James S. Goodwin, MD
  • James Graham, PhD, DC
  • Bret Howrey, PhD
  • Kristofer Jennings, PhD
  • Daniel Jupiter, PhD
  • Sapna Kaul, PhD
  • Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
  • Kyriakos Markides, PhD
  • Miriam Mutambudzi, MPH, PhD
  • Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD
  • Monique Pappadis, PhD, MEd
  • M. Kristen Peek, PhD
  • John Prochaska, DrPH
  • Mukaila Raji, MD, MSC
  • Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR
  • Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH
  • Heidi Spratt, PhD
  • Phani Veeranki, DrPH, MBBS
  • Elena Volpi, PhD, MD
  • Susan Weller, PhD
  • Rebeca Wong, PhD
  • Dong Dong Zhang, PhD



This opportunity is open to predoctoral and postdoctoral students interested in aging research. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All applications will be reviewed by the Training Grant Selection Committee and applicants may be invited to interview.

Legal Status

Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. or permanent residents

Trainee Benefits

Additional funds to cover tuition and fees for relevant courses and other training-related expenses Full health care benefits Predoctoral fellows - Earn a PhD degree in Population Health Sciences or Clinical Science (Health Services Research) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health or other doctoral programs at UTMB


current predoctoral

  • Monica Hernandez 2018 - Present
  • Paige Birkelbach 2017 - Present
  • Camille Brightwell 2017- Present

current postdoctoral

  • Sadaf Milani 2018 - present

Past predoctoral

  • Catherine Hay 2017 - 2018
  • Robert Buschmann 2015 - 2017
  • Figaro Loresto 2014 - 2017
  • Benjamin Vickers 2014 - 2017
  • Joseph Saenz 2011 - 2016
  • Lawrence Panas 2011 - 2013
  • Thuy Quynh Do 2010 - 2012
  • Kristen Sheffield 2008 - 2010
  • Bret Howrey 2005 - 2008
  • Julie Kutac 2007 - 2009
  • Jackie Hirth 2006 - 2008
  • Meredith Masel 2005 - 2007
  • Ina Bawaya 2004 - 2006

Past Postdoctoral

Postdoctoral TraineeTraining PeriodFaculty MentorCurrent Position
Marc Garcia2016 - 2018Dr. WongAssistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Nebraska
Brian Downer2014 - 2016Dr. WongAssistant Professor
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Texas Medical Branch
Preeti Zanwar2012 - 2014Dr. GoodwinProfessor
Department of Mathematical Science
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Sunshine Rote 2012 - 2014Dr. MarkidesAssistant Professor
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville
Maria Monserud2010 - 2012Dr. WongAssistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Texas at Houston
Bret Howrey2010 - 2011Dr. GoodwinAssistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Holley Beard2008 - 2010Dr. WongHead
Office of Affordable Housing Research
Ohio State Housing Finance Agency
Kristen Gerst2008 - 2010Dr. WongAssistant Professor
Institute of Gerontology
University of Georgia
Frank Lemus2008 - 2010Dr. FreemanExternal Affairs
Covered California Healthcare Exchange
Sacramento, California
Jennifer Tovar2006 - 2008Dr. MarkidesAssistant Professor
University of Texas School of Public Health
Ivonne Berges2005 - 2007Dr. PeekAssistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
University of Maryland
Patricia Harrington2006 - 2007Dr. FreemanActing Director of Health Technology Assessment
Health Information & Quality Authority
Dublin, Ireland
Vinod Kaushik2005 - 2006Dr. Al SnihAssistant Professor
Dept. of Internal Medicine-Geriatrics
University of Texas Medical Branch
James Stimpson2004 - 2006Dr. EschbachAssociate Professor
Department of Surgery
University of Texas Medical Branch