Melawhy L. Garcia, MPH
Melawhy L. Garcia, MPH, is a behavioral science and epidemiology researcher with a focus on behavioral prevention and management of chronic conditions. She received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.P.H. in Community Health Science from California State University, Long Beach. She is a doctoral candidate in the University of California, San Diego/ San Diego State University (UCSD/SDSU) Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health in the Health Behavior Research track. Prior to her doctoral work, Melawhy held numerous research positions at a CSULB based research center focused on Latino health disparities, primarily obesity and HIV/AIDS prevention. As a doctoral student, Melawhy focuses on multidisciplinary epidemiological and applied research through her work on the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a prospective cohort study, as well two randomized controlled trials focused on obesity and diabetes management among Latinos in the South Bay of San Diego. She is interested in continuing her research in cardiovascular health with a focus on Latino women’s health including biopsychosocial and socioecological factors that contribute to sedentary lifestyles.
Michelle Takemoto graduated from UCSD in 2007 with a bachelor degree in both Cognitive Science and Psychology. She worked at the UCSD Stein Institute for Research on Aging with Dr. Dilip Jeste for a little over 6 years before joining the JDP for Public Health. Through the program, she works with Dr. Jacqueline Kerr and her main research interest involves promoting successful aging in the older adult population through increased preventive health including increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behavior.