Magdalena Cerdá

Magdalena Cerdá is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses primarily on two areas: (1) the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence; and (2) the social and policy determinants of substance use from childhood to adulthood.

Her current studies include a simulation of the impact that different types of firearms disqualification criteria could have on rates of firearm-related violence, as well as other research focused on prescription drugs, opioid overdose, and marijuana legalization.

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Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis

Areas of Expertise: Firearms, Firearms Violence, Violence Prevention, Social Determinants of Health, Neighborhoods and Health, Drug and Alcohol Use, Trauma

Location: Davis, CA

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Phone: (916) 734-3539

Clip from Talk Given by Cerdá: “Neighborhood Influences On Violence: Building Evidence That Leads To Intervention”

Imelda Reyes

Imelda Reyes is an expert in health care. She is a Clinical Professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Her research focuses on obesity in children and the parental role in children’s health. She works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her scholarship has been funded by Emory University.

Assistant Clinical Professor at Emory University’s Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing 

Location: Atlanta, Georgia



Phone: (404) 712-9820

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Bindu Kalesan

Bindu Kalesan, MPH., Ph.D. teaches epidemiology at Columbia University as an adjunct assistant professor. She also serves as the Vice-President of Gun Violence Survivors Foundation. She is a clinical epidemiologist and biostatistician who has collaborated with clinical researchers and other scientists performing research studies in cardiovascular and injury epidemiology. Her current research focuses on the public health consequences of gun violence in the United States along with short and long term health outcomes of patients receiving treatment for cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Kalesan was born in India, having completed her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD and PhD from University of Bern, Switzerland, is now settled in the US. She has over 12 years of cumulative experience in research and teaching. Her recent research on fatal and non-fatal gun injuries has earned international experience in this field and is one of the most sought after experts in gun violence research.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Public Health Consequences of Gun Violence, Social Gun Culture and Gun Ownership, Depression and Firearm-Related Injury; Racial and Ethnic Heterogeneity in Trends of Firearm-Related Fatality 

Location: New York, NY

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Heard on C-Span’s Washington Journal: Gun Ownership in the U.S. 

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Martha Gulati

Martha Gulati is a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona-Phoenix. Her research interests include the study of women’s heart health and heart disease prevention practices in women. Before joining the University of Arizona’s faculty, she held the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and was the Section Director for Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Cardiology at Ohio State University.

Gulati has written extensively about the impact of heart disease on the lives of women. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology’s magazine, CardioSmart and author of Saving Women’s Hearts, a bestseller. In 2012 she was named one of Chicago’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Her work has been published in a number of news outlets and peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and CBS National News.

Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, University of Arizona at Phoenix

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Cardiology, women’s health, higher education, medical journalism

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Phone: (602) 521-3128

Twitter: @drmarthagulati

Dr. Nora Volkow

Dr. Nora Volkow is an expert in Drug Abuse and Addiction. She is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research focuses on the toxic and addictive properties of abusable drugs. She has made important contributions to research regarding the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging. She works in Bethesda, Maryland.

Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the NIH

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

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Phone: 301-443-6245

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Esmeralda Casas

Esmeralda Casas, Ph.D. is an expert in biomedical science. She is an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow. Her research focuses on gene expression and cancer biology, specifically the genetic drivers of cancer. She works in Washington, D.C.

Her research has been funded through fellowships and grants by the Department of Defense, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institute of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Biomedical Scientist 

Location: Washington, DC

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Diana Ramos, M.D.

Diana Ramos, M.D. is an expert in Medicine. She is the Medical Director for Reproductive Health for the Los Angeles Public Health Department and Associate Clinical Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Keck University of Southern California School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include women’s health, specifically obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Ramos is also Chair of the American Medical Association’s Minority Affairs Consortium and serves on the steering committee for the National Hispanic Leadership Fellowship and National Commission on Health Care Disparities. She works in Los Angeles, CA.

Her work has been funded by


Medical Director and Associate Clinical Professor

Location: Los Angeles, CA

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Twitter: @DrDianaRamosMD

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Georges Benjamin

Georges Benjamin is the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C. He is an expert on infectious diseases and administrative leadership in health systems. Benjamin is a board certified doctor in internal medicine and Modern Healthcare Magazine named him of the top 25 minority executives in health care.

He’s served various leadership roles within hospitals and public health entities including the interim director of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department. Benjamin has authored several book chapters including his own exposé The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History. He can be heard on this NPR Morning Edition story “Many Dislike Health Care System But Are Pleased With Their Own Care”.

Executive Director, The American Public Health Association 

Areas of Expertise: Infectious Diseases and Administrative Leadership in Health Systems

Location: Washington, DC

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You may contact him through one of the following APHA press kit contacts

Daniel Greenberg: 202-777-3913

Mandi Yohn: 202-777-2509

David Fouse: 202-777-2501

Heard on NPR’s Morning Edition

Adriana Galván

Adriana Galván, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. She is an expert on teenage brain development, behavior and related public policy. Her work is centered on the emotional reactivity, learning,  and decision making process of adolescents. Galván is able to characterize neutral changes in the developing brain using brain imaging technology. She also serves as the Jeffery Wenzel Term Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience. Several organizations have funded her research including the National Science Foundation.

Galván is a lively and engaging speaker as heard in her TedxYouth talk: “Insight Into the Teenage Brain”

Associate Professor of Psychology and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA 

Areas of Expertise: Teenage Brain Development, Teenage Behavior, Juvenile- Related Public Policy

Location: Los Angeles, CA

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Phone: 310-206-4850

Heard presenting at a TedxYouth@Caltech: “Insight into the Teenage Brain”

Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello

Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello is a Northwestern University Research Professor in Preventive Medicine. Her research focuses on social and racial health disparities and chronic diseases. She was named One of 25 Most Influential Latinos in America by Times Magazine and received the Health Equity Champion Award by CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (MHHE). She works in Evanston, Illinois.

Her research has been funded by The University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

Research Professor in Preventive Medicine

Location: Evanston, Illinois

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Phone: (312) 503-0983

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