Contact Information and Profiles

Faculty

Jimi Adams, Ph.D.

Jimi Adams

Associate Professor • Director of Undergraduate Major in Public Health
Health & Behavioral Sciences
Expertise Areas: Social Network Analysis, Research Methods and Data Collection, HIV/AIDS, religion, sociology of science
jimi.adams@ucdenver.edu     303-315-7177
Sharon Devine

Sharon Devine

J.D., Ph.D.
Health & Behavioral Sciences
Expertise Areas: Teaching in Public Health/Health & Behavioral Sciences Teaching in Anthropology Research Ethics (chair and reviewer for COMIRB) Evaluator and researcher in STD/HIV prevention and teen pregnancy prevention (federal and state grants) Joint Appointment at Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Community & Behavioral Health
Sharon.Devine@ucdenver.edu     (303) 315-7176
Steve Koester

Steve Koester

Professor
Health & Behavioral Sciences • Anthropology
Expertise Areas: Medical Anthropology (disease transmission, health intervention, social inequality, substance abuse) and Political Ecology and Sustainable Development
Steve.Koester@ucdenver.edu     303-315-7324
Meng Li, Ph.D.

Meng Li

Assistant Professor
Health & Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Li is a psychologist and behavioral scientist who studies the systematic difference between what we think “rational” people ought to do, and what people actually do (decision biases). She uses her research on decision bias to design interventions and policies that harness these biases and nudge people toward more socially optimal behavior in domains such as preventive health behavior, healthy diet, and compliance with safety guidelines at work.
Meng.Li@ucdenver.edu     (303) 315-7150
Karen Lutfey Spencer, Ph.D.

Karen Lutfey Spencer

Associate Professor • Department Chair
Health & Behavioral Sciences
My research is in the areas of medicine, health, and illness; health policy; health decision making; variations in medical practice; health disparities; and end of life health care.
KAREN.LUTFEY@UCDENVER.EDU     303-315-7156
Patrick Krueger, PhD

Patrick M Krueger

Associate Professor • Director of Graduate Studies
Health & Behavioral Sciences
I pursue population health research that focuses on race/ethnic, socioeconomic, and sex disparities in health, health behaviors, and mortality. My research is interdisciplinary--I have published in articles in fields including population health, demography, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, gerontology, and medicine. I teach classes in Epidemiology (undergraduate) and statistics (PhD level). I enjoy mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds in research. In 1998, I earned my bachelors degree from Aquinas...
Patrick.Krueger@ucdenver.edu     303-315-7153
Debbi Main, Ph.D.

Debbi Main

Professor Emeritus
Health & Behavioral Sciences
Expertise Areas: Social psychology, built and social environmental influences on health/health inequity, quality and outcomes of team-based care, community-based participatory research, mixed methods
Jennifer Boylan

Jennifer Morozink Boylan

Assistant Professor
Health & Behavioral Sciences
As a health psychologist, my research addresses the ways in which psychological factors engender resilience and protect against health risks associated with disadvantaged social status (low socioeconomic standing, racial minority). This work utilizes multiple methodologies, including national longitudinal survey data, biological assessments of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, and laboratory assessments of emotion regulation and physiological reactivity and recovery to stress.
Jennifer.Boylan@ucdenver.edu     303-315-7154
David P. Tracer, Ph.D.

David P. Tracer

Professor
Health & Behavioral Sciences
I am a biological anthropologist by training and Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. My main area of expertise is "human ecology" – how environment and context influence aspects of both human biology and behavior. My research is grounded in evolutionary, economic and anthropological theory. Within the biological arena my interests have focused on ecological aspects of maternal and child health including nutrition, growth and development, and determinants of fertility. Within the area of behavioral ecology, I am interested in life history theory, decision-making and trade-offs. My behavioral research has examined human social norms such as reciprocity, altruism, selfishness, bargaining, and punishment. Most of my research has been conducted among the Au lowland forager-horticulturalists of Papua New Guinea though I have also worked with Bedouins in Israel as well as in the US and Europe.
David.Tracer@ucdenver.edu     303-315-7165
Ronica Rooks, Ph.D.

Ronica Rooks

Associate Professor
Health & Behavioral Science
Ronica N. Rooks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park and postdocs in geriatric epidemiology in the Intramural Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry at the National Institute on Aging and health disparities in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her research broadly focuses on social-ecological explanations for racial and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular diseases. Among seniors in Denver, Colorado she examines: relationships between gentrification, displacement, and health; and facilitating aging in community through “time-banking,” to build social capital and promote health across varied socioeconomic status communities.
ronica.rooks@ucdenver.edu     303-315-7152
Jean Scandlyn

Jean Scandlyn

Clinical Associate Professor
Health & Behavioral Sciences
Expertise Areas: Medical anthropology, global health, adolescence and young adulthood, gender, social science theory, qualitative research, U.S. society and culture, Andean Latin America.
JEAN.SCANDLYN@UCDENVER.EDU     303-315-7178
Sara Yeatman, Ph.D.

Sara Yeatman

Associate Professor
Health & Behavioral Sciences
I am a social demographer with training in sociology, demography, and public health. My research focuses broadly on reproductive health and more specifically on the social causes and consequences of unintended fertility and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and in the United States. Evident across my research is an interest in innovative measurement strategies and the use of multiple research methods.
Sara.Yeatman@ucdenver.edu     (303) 315-7180

Staff

Heather Doane

Heather Doane

Program Assistant
Health & Behavioral Sciences
heather.doane@ucdenver.edu     (303) 315-7157
Melanie K. Tran, M.S.

Melanie K. Tran

Public Health Advisor • Graduate Student
Health & Behavioral Sciences
MELANIE.K.TRAN@UCDENVER.EDU     303-315-7151
Ryan O'Connell

Ryan O'Connell

Public Health Advisor • Graduate Student
Health & Behavioral Sciences
ryan.oconnell@ucdenver.edu     303-315-7151