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Nancy Burke

Nancy Burke, PhD

Professor of Public Health

Dr. Burke is a Professor of Public Health and Department Chair for School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Dr. Burke’s research program spans two primary areas: 1) cancer and health disparities in the United States and 2) chronic disease management in the context of global health. She will serve as Site Principal Investigator for the CEAL study.
For more information, please visit sites.ucmerced.edu/nancyburke

Claudia Corchado

Claudia G. Corchado

Cultiva La Salud Program Manager

Claudia G. Corchado is the Program Manager for Cultiva La Salud housed at United Way of Merced County. She will serve as a Community Partner for the CEAL study. She will also lead the 20 Mujeres Poderosas working on this project.

Tatiana Vizcaino

Tatiana Vizcaíno, M.A.

Aliados por la Salud Manager

Tatiana Vizcaíno works for United Way Merced. She partners with Cultiva la Salud, Promotoras, and scholars at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to conduct community-based COVID-19 testing. Tatiana creates model programs that integrate language justice and intercultural awareness to facilitate community participation.

Andrea Lopez

Andrea Lopez

Postdoctoral Researcher

Andrea Lopez, PhD, MPH, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Merced. Dr. Lopez is currently working on two COVID-19 related projects. The STOP COVID-19 Project which seeks to understand factors that contribute to the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 in underserved communities and establish effective, community-engaged strategies to enhance education, awareness, access, and inclusion of underserved communities in research designed to advance the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. The second project seeks to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on local Public Health Department staff. Prior to joining UC Merced, she worked as a Project Manager at the RAND Corporation and at the Center for Vulnerable Populations at the University of California, San Francisco. Her dissertation research examined how immigration policies impact the health and well-being of families in the San Joaquin Valley. Andrea has experience conducting needs assessments, community-based participatory research, and evaluating health programs. She has a MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in Human Biology from Brown University.

Gilberto Lopez

Gilberto Lopez, ScD, MPH, MA

Assistant Professor at Arizona State University

Gilberto Lopez is Assistant Professor at ASU’s School of Transborder Studies, and a research affiliate at UC Merced’s Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center. He is also director of the COVIDLATINO.org health information campaign that aims to bring culturally-tailored COVID-19 information to Latinx communities across the U.S.
For more information, please visit sts.asu.edu/

Irene Yen

Irene Yen, PhD, MPH

Professor of Public Health

Irene Yen is an epidemiologist and a Professor of Public Health at University of California, Merced. She is interested in how housing, education, and place affect health and well being.
For more information, please visit sites.ucmerced.edu/iyen

Maria Elena de Trinidad Young

Maria Elena de Trinidad Young, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Dr. Young is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at UCM and Research Scientist for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She received her MPH from UC Berkeley and then her PhD from UCLA in Community Health Sciences. Her research seeks to understand the impact of the U.S. immigration system on the well-being of immigrants and their families.
For more information, please visit sites.ucmerced.edu/mariaelenayoung/recent-publications

Anna E. Epperson

Anna E. Epperson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Epperson is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at UCM. Her research focuses broadly on how cultural, psychological, and social factors impact health and wellness, with a focus on racial/ethnic minority communities (e.g., American Indian/Alaska Native, Latinx). She examines health behavior through community-based research.
For more information, please visit sites.ucmerced.edu/aepperson

Nhi Le

Nhi Le

PhD Student

Nhi Le is a second-year graduate student in the Public Health Program at UC Merced and is interested in researching mental health among Asian Americans and immigrant populations. Originally from San Jose California, Nhi attended UC Merced for her undergraduate career and graduated with a bachelor's in Public Health.

Prem Saroya

Prem Saroya

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Prem Saroya is an undergraduate student at UCM pursuing a B.A. in Public Health with a minor in Anthropology. She serves as the 2021-2022 President of the Public Health Society on campus. Prem is an undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Nancy Burke and Dr. Andrea Lopez for UCM’s STOP COVID-19 Project.

Ediel Lopez

Ediel Lopez

Web Developer

Hello world! I am Ediel and I study computer science and engineering at UC Merced. I enjoy writing code, drinking single-origin coffee, and going on walks with my dog. Following graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in software development.
For more information, please visit www.ediellopez.com/