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 Professor

Dr. 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 Professor

As 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 Professor

Dr. 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 Professor

Dr. 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 Professor

Dr. 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 Professor

Dr. Freeman has worked on several projects relating to water and sanitation issues in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Bolivia.

Monique Hennink Associate Professor

Dr. 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 Professor

Dr. 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 Professor

Dr. 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 Professor

Dr. 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 Professor

Most 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 Professor

Dr. 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.


Jeremy Sarnat Associate Professor

Dr. Sarnat is eager to mentor any students interested in pursuing research related to air pollution exposures and health in Latin America and will work with students to design and conduct air pollution exposure field projects.

Stephanie Sarnat Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarnat has been involved in a study assessing the impacts of traffic-related air pollution on pediatric asthma along the United States-Mexico border. She encourages students to get involved in her research and mentors students continuously.

Dirk Schroeder Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Schroeder currently serves as the Chief Health Officer and Executive Vice President of HolaDoctor, the largest Spanish language health website in the world. He mentors students work on health care access and coverage among U.S Latinos.

Patrick Sullivan Professor

Dr. Sullivan has worked on HIV testing programs with migrant farm workers as well as investigated methods to increase participation of Latino MSM in his research. He has worked with MSM prevention and vaccine studies in Peru and Brazil.

Jorge Vidal Assistant Research Professor

In the past, Dr. Vidal has conducted studies in rural Peru and Mexico. He encourages students to get involved with faculty research and has supervised student work. Currently he is evaluating the burden of pneumococcal carriage in rural communities in Peru.

Lance Waller Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Dr. Waller generally works with census and surveillance-type data with socio-demographic subgroups and often examines ethnicity, particularly with respect to vector-borne diseases. He mentors students studying Chagas' disease and dengue near Arequipa, Peru.
Amy Webb Girard

Amy Webb Girard Assistant Professor

Dr. Webb Girard she has assisted students working on theses related to food security and chronic disease risk factors in Georgia migrant farm workers.

Gina Wingood Professor

As a researcher in the field of HIV prevention, Dr. Wingood worked to develop, AMIGAS, the first evidence based HIV intervention for Latina women in Miami, Florida. This study demonstrated an increase in safer sex practices, such as condom use among participants.