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Alina Engelman, DrPH, MPH

Alina Engelman, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Engelman received her Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH) at UC Berkeley, her MPH in Global Health at Yale University and her BA at Brown University. Dr. Engelman is a Research Affiliate at Health Research for Action at U.C. Berkeley, with a focus on health initiatives for underserved populations, including the deaf and hard of hearing. In addition, she is a member of the Community Health Commission for the City of Berkeley. Her areas of interest include global health, disability studies, and emergency preparedness communication.

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Ryan Gamba, PhD

Ryan Gamba, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Gamba will be joining the Health Sciences program in September 2017. Dr. Gamba received a Master’s of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California Berkeley (UCB) and his PhD from UCB in Epidemiology. Before pursuing graduate school, he worked at the Food Bank of Yolo County and the San Diego State University Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program as a nutrition educator. His research focuses on food insecurity and hunger in America.

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Chandrakala Ganesh, Ph.D.

Chandrakala Ganesh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ganesh has a doctorate in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University in and a post-doctoral fellowship in mental health economics from UC Berkeley, School of Public Health. Prior to her doctorate she has worked for multiple pharmaceutical companies and has obtained degrees in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Management from Universities in India. Her areas of interest include aging, mental health, public health impacts of climate change and prescription drug policy.

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Andrew Kelly, PhD

Andrew Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kelly will be joining the faculty of the Health Sciences program in September 2017. He received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2012.  Prior to joining the Health Sciences Program at CSUEB, he held post-doctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins University; the University of California, San Francisco; and a two-year position as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. 
 
His research investigates the politics of public policy and institutional change, with a particular focus on three critical areas of American public policy: health care, public health, and scientific research.  The ultimate goal of Dr. Kelly’s research agenda is to understand how institutional structures and existing policy systems affect the state’s ability to design, enact, and secure public policies that serve the general interest and improve governance.  Dr. Kelly’s primary policy focus is on Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.  Dr. Kelly’s articles have been published in The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Studies in American Political Development, and Forum.

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Nidhi Khosla

Nidhi Khosla

Assistant Professor

Nidhi Khosla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). She has a unique training in behavioral, organizational and epidemiological research methods and field experience in management of health programs and working with communities using participatory, rights-based empowerment approaches. Her multidisciplinary graduate training includes a PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Master in Public Health degree and a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Certificate in International Development from Duke University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) from the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), India equivalent to a Masters Degree in Management. Before pursuing graduate study in the US, she managed grassroots programs on social marketing, reproductive health, HIV prevention and care and poverty alleviation in India. She has also briefly worked in Bangladesh.

Khosla’s research concerns access to care among vulnerable populations and reducing health disparities. Her current research focuses on increasing access to and satisfaction with palliative and end-of-life care among minorities, especially persons of South Asian origin. She has also researched organizational behavior such as collaboration among HIV agencies. Prior to joining CSUEB in Fall 2015, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia from Fall 2012-2016. She is an aspiring writer, having published one short story and some flash fiction pieces.

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Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Assistant Professor

Matthew Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing and Health Sciences Department, specializing in health law and policy, environmental and occupational health, and civil rights law.  Matthew received his JD from Northeastern University School of Law and his MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine.  He also holds an MA in cultural anthropology from San Francisco State University, where he first became interested in problematizing the social determinants of health.  Matthew’s current research involves policy development related to urban poverty, climate change, and homelessness.

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Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH

Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Arnab Mukherjea is an Assistant Professor of Health Science (Public & Community Health) at California State University, East Bay.  His research interests broadly revolve around using community-engaged methods to understand and address health disparities among understudied Asian & Pacific Islander (API) subgroups, with a particular focus on contextual and culturally-framed risk factors. His current studies include examining facilitators and barriers for colorectal cancer screening among Asian Indians and Bangladeshis in Northern California, as well as assessing the adequacy of federal and state population-level surveillance of HIV, Tuberculosis, and viral Hepatitis B to monitor disparities in these outcomes among diverse API communities.  His postdoctoral and graduate research focused on understanding the myriad factors influencing unique forms of tobacco use among South Asians in the United States, and their contribution to tobacco-related disease in this population (including disproportionate burdens of cancer), which will be ultimately valuable for comprehensive and targeted intervention strategies.  He also investigates other social and cultural determinants of disparities among this population, with an emphasis on qualitative inquiry and validity of quantitative measures of risk.  Arnab's research has been funded by the National Institutes for Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Office of Minority Health, and the state of California's Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program.  Arnab completed his undergraduate (Bachelor of Arts in Molecular & Cell Biology with a minor in Education) and graduate (Master of Public Health in Health & Social Behavior with specialization in Multicultural Health; Doctor of Public Health in Applied Health Disparities Research) degrees at the University of California, Berkeley and postdoctoral training (Tobacco Control and Chronic Disease Prevention) at the San Francisco and Davis campuses of the University of California; he maintains formal research affiliations with all three institutions.  Arnab firmly believes that community participation is essential for affected groups to understand, address, and ultimately take ownership of their own individual and collective health prospects.

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Jason Smith, MTS, JD

Jason Smith, MTS, JD

Assistant Professor and Associate Chair

Jason earned his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and his degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School. Jason's research interests are in public health law. His recent work explores public health law issues in the areas of the First Amendment and, more locally, California's approach the the health effects of climate change. He is also interested the history of public health in the United States, particularly the history of the AIDS epidemic and the gay community.

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Michael Stanton, Ph.D.

Michael Stanton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Stanton is a Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay. He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Medicine from Duke University. He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at Stanford University and the VA Palo Alto Hospital. He received his B.A. from Brown University. 

Dr. Stanton's research focuses on psychosocial determinants of obesity. His clinical work in health psychology integrates mind-body skills such as mindfulness with cognitive behavioral therapy to treat health problems including obesity, hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia and depression. His work has been recognized at national and international scientific conferences. His articles have been published in such journals as Molecular Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, PLOS ONE, and Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

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Oscar Wambuguh, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Oscar Wambuguh

Associate Professor

My name is Oscar Wambuguh (wah-bow-gho). I have been teaching at California State University, East Bay since 2000 in Biology and Health Sciences. I primarily teach BIOL 4820, BIOL 3999, HSC 2001, HSC 3200, HSC 4500 and HSC 4700. I am also active in research in environmental health management. It is now beyond doubt that our own human activities have greatly contributed to accelerated global warming and subsequent climate change over the last three decades. With these rapid changes in the world we live in, finding ways in which we can live more sustainably on this planet is of great interest to us, non-scientists and scientists alike. My research focuses on the conservation of biological diversity, solid waste disposal and recycling efforts in communities, renewable energy technologies (RETs) development, and health effects of pesticides particularly in the world’s developing nations. In the last few years, I have also become more engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning. I have written two books and published several articles on these topics.

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