Miesha Marzell

Miesha Marzell is an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University. She is an expert on the causes and prevention of substance abuse among racial/ethnic minority youth.

Marzell was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and Prevention Research Center. Subsequently, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

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Areas of Expertise: Substance use, racial/ethnic minorities, athletes, mental health

Location: Binghamton, NY

Contact Info:

     Email: mmarzell@binghamton.edu

     Phone: (607) 777-9160

She can be heard here:

Vivek Murthy

Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017. He addressed public health issues including the Ebola outbreak, the opioid epidemic, low rates of physical activity, and e-cigarette popularity among youth. Murthy has drawn attention to emotional well-being as an important driver of health, and issued the first Surgeon General’s report on alcohol, drugs, and health. He has cared for thousands of patients in his career and co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States. He has also done research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials.

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Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Opioid Epidemic, Ebola, Zika, Exercise, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Medical Research

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Info:

Email: media@vivekmurthy.com

Phone: (360) 989-4167

 

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Regina Shih

Regina Shih is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation where she leads the Climate Change and Health Group. She conducts research in three primary areas: environmental health, aging, and mental health.

Shih has led environmental health projects to develop a toolkit to improve older adults’ resilience to climate change, to identify chemical exposures following climate change-related storms and flooding, and to estimate the health effects of lead exposure and ambient air pollution. She has been cited in outlets such as NPR, CNN, and US News and World Report.

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Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Health, Climate Change, Dementia, Long-Term Care, Substance Use, Neighborhoods and Health

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
media@rand.org

As Heard On Public Radio East: “Sleep Problems Prevalent Among Military”

Anita Chandra

Anita Chandra is the director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on long-term disaster recovery, community resilience, and urban planning. Chandra’s recent publications have focused on the private sector’s role in emergency preparedness and disaster response.

Chandra has been cited by a number of outlets, including NBC, PBS, and the Washington Post. Prior to her position as JIE director, she served as director of RAND’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department. She earned a Dr.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program, RAND Corporation

Areas of Expertise: Community Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Urban Planning, Mental Health and Illness, Military Families, Childhood Development, Community-based Health Care

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: media@rand.org

Heard on NPR’s Tell Me More: Military Families Cope With The Stress Of War

 

Dior Vargas

Dior Vargas is an activist and spokesperson with expertise in mental health in communities of color. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a venture that aims to address the invisibility of people of color in media representations of mental illness. Vargas was the recipient of The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations award. She is located in New York, New York.

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Activist, Spokesperson and Creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project 

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information:

Email: dior.vargas@gmail.com

Phone: 646-238-0447

Twitter: @DiorVargas

Website: www.diorvargas.com

Listen to Dior Vargas here:

Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D.

Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D. is a Tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York (CUNY). Her research focuses on the intersection of race, culture, and mental health, including racism and discrimination. She works in New York, New York.

Her research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Drug Abuse, The City University of New York, and Research, Integration, Strategies, and Evaluation (RISE) for Boys and Men of Color.

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   Tenured Associate Professor of Psychology 

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information:  

Email:  silviamazzula@gmail.com

Twitter@DrMazzula

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Cecily Hardaway

Cecily Hardaway researches at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute. Hardaway’s primary line of research investigates links between poverty-related risks (e.g., exposure to community violence, economic hardship, and household chaos) and adolescents’ socioemotional adjustment and academic achievement. She is particularly interested in identifying processes that help us understand why poverty-related risks are, in fact, risks and pinpointing ways that low-income adolescents may be protected from these risks.

Her most recent work has focused on how exposure to community violence is associated with low-income adolescents’ mental health and behavior as well as identifying factors within the family and community that help protect adolescents from the consequences of exposure to community violence. Hardaway’s research has been published in psychology, family studies, and child/adolescent development journals, including the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the American Journal of Community Psychology, and the Psychology of Violence.

Cecily Hardaway

Research Scientist at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute

Areas of Expertise: Exposure to Community Violence, Poverty, Adolescent Development, Family Processes, Low-Income Families

Location: Durham, NC

Contact Information:

Email: cecily.hardaway@duke.edu

Heard on Source of the Week: Cecily Hardaway Discussing Exposure To Community Violence

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Last Verified: September 2015

Ximena Lopez

Ximena (Hee-meh-na) Lopez is dedicated to patient care, clinical research and teaching at the UT Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

As medical director and founder of the GENder Education and Care, Interdisciplinary Support (GENECIS) program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, her current primary focus is the care of transgender adolescents. The GENECIS program provides comprehensive mental and endocrine care for youth with gender dysphoria.

Lopez also studies the changes in psychological outcomes in adolescents with gender dysphoria followed in the GENECIS program, most of them on endocrine therapy. Her other research interests include type 2 diabetes and obesity, from interventional physiology on insulin secretion in adults, to the role of ceramides in the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes in children, to multicenter trials on new type 2 diabetes drugs.

Ximena Lopez

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the GENder , Education and Care Interdisciplinary Support (GENECIS) Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center

Areas of Expertise: Mental and Endocrine Care of Transgender Adolescents, Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

Location: Dallas, TX (But splits time between Plano)

Contact Information:

Email: William.Summerall@childrens.com
Phone: (214) 537-2974


Heard on Dallas-Fort Worth’s WFAA:
 Program For Transgender Children Unique In The Southwest

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Rosario Ceballo

Rosario (Rosie) Ceballo, Ph.D. is a clinical and developmental psychologist whose research investigates the effects of living in poverty on children’s development. In particular, she examines the impact of exposure to community violence on children’s academic and psychological functioning.

In another line of research, Dr. Ceballo studies the effects of infertility and racial stereotypes about women’s reproductive abilities on racial/ethnic minority women. Utilizing quantitative as well as qualitative methods, she has published extensively across clinical, developmental, and feminist psychology journals.

Currently, she is the Principal Investigator on an NSF (National Science Foundation) funded longitudinal study with Latino adolescents residing in high-risk, urban neighborhoods. Dr. Ceballo presently serves as a member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Committee on Socioeconomic Status, and she is the incoming chair of the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Michigan.

Rosario Ceballo

Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise: After-School Activities, Community Violence; Parenting; Poverty; Infertility; Latino Cultural Values

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Contact Information:
Email: rosarioc@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 936-6049 or (734) 763-2047

Heard on NPR’s Source of the Week: Rosie Ceballo Discusses Role Of ‘Familismo’ As Protective Factor For Latino Adolescents

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Luis Zayas

Luis Zayas has been the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin since 2012. Previously he was the inaugural Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.

His work and research focus on diagnostic processes, suicide attempts of young Latinas, and adapting interventions for Latino children, youth and families.

Zayas has spoken to Maria Hinojosa on Latino USA and was a featured educator on WAMC’s The Academic Minute, where he discussed Latina suicide rates.


Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise: Mental Health, Social Policy, Diagnostic Processes, Suicide Attempts of Young Latinas, Mental Health Intervention, Latino Families

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Information:
Email: lzayas@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-1937

Or, contact Andrea Campetella, Director of Communications and Planning

Email: campetella@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-1458

Heard on Latino USA:
Dr. Luis Zayas