Many faculty at the Rollins School of Public Health conduct research that promotes Hispanic/Latino health in the U.S. and Latin America. Listed below is a sample of faculty with current and past work engaged in work with Hispanic/Latino populations.
Faculty Working in Hispanic/Latino Health
Karen Andes Assistant ProfessorDr. Andes is currently directing a new health promotion partnership with the Ventanillas de Salud program at the Mexican Consulate of Atlanta. She also oversees student research in the Bañado Sur neighborhood of Paraguay.
Dana Boyd Barr Research ProfessorAs a professor in the Environmental Health department, Dr. Barr works on projects with migrant farmworkers investigating pesticide exposure, the use of personal protective equipment, and behaviors related to these exposures and neurological outcomes.
Carlos del Rio Professor and Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health
Dr. del Rio, Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health, works in Latin America and with Latino populations in the United States in the field of HIV/AIDS, vaccines, and infectious disease.
Ralph DiClemente ProfessorDr. DiClemente has worked on a HIV prevention intervention for Latina women in Miami, Florida. He has also worked on projects in Latin American, such as Panama, in the field of sexual health.
Cam Escoffery Associate ProfessorDr. Escoffery has worked with Latino populations in community, clinical, and migrant health settings. She has worked with the Latino population indirectly through practicum, Global Field Experiences, and thesis mentorship.
Dabney Evans Assistant ProfessorDr. Evans main research focus is among vulnerable populations including racial and ethnic minorities, as well as refugees and internally displaced persons. She has ongoing projects in Brazil related to the right to health and the rollout and implementation of the HPV vaccine.
Matthew Freeman Assistant ProfessorDr. Freeman has worked on several projects relating to water and sanitation issues in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Bolivia.
Monique Hennink Associate ProfessorDr. Hennink advises student thesis projects focusing on social and cultural influences on public health issues in the U.S and Latin America. She encourages student collaboration with faculty to develop thesis projects and has particular expertise in qualitative/ethnographic data collection and analysis.
Uriel Kitron ProfessorDr. Kitron is involved in several projects in Peru and Brazil on dengue, malaria, Chagas disease and leprosy. He often mentors students on a variety of project relating to his areas of research.
Juan Leon Assistant ProfessorDr. Leon's main research focus is on parasitic diseases and enteric viruses that cause gastrointestinal disease among vulnerable populations in the Americas. His has projects in Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
Karen Levy Assistant ProfessorDr. Levy and her research group focus their work on the ecology and epidemiology of waterborne and enteric diseases. Her research extends to Latin American countries such as Ecuador.
Reynaldo Martorell Professor
Dr. Martorell's research focuses on the nutrition, growth, and maturation of United States Hispanic children as well as maternal and child nutrition in Latin America.
Christine Moe Professor
Dr. Moe researches and mentors projects on water and sanitation issues in Latin American countries such as El Salvador, Bolivia and Honduras.
Saad Omer Associate ProfessorMost recently, Dr. Omer has been working on a study that focuses on the burden of influenza in Guatemala. He has been involved in studies relating to vaccine coverage among Hispanic populations in the United States and immunizations in Mexico.
Helena Pachón Research Associate ProfessorDr. Pachón has worked extensively in Latin America in the fields of biofortification and infant and young child nutrition.
Roger Rochat Research Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Rochat has worked in Latin America and the United States to improve reproductive health among Hispanics/Latinos. Currently, he is supporting graduate students in Latin America to evaluate indigenous programs to reduce teenage pregnancy and to reduce maternal mortality from abortion.