Health Education & Communication

Elena Carbone

Elena Carbone

Associate Professor of Nutrition
Director, Community-Engaged Research Program, Commonwealth Honors College

Email: ecarbone@nutrition.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Carbone has over 15 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating community-based, learner-centered interventions. She works in community settings to examine how low income, culturally diverse populations (adults and children) with limited literacy skills attend to and process health information related to obesity prevention, diabetes management, cancer control, and food safety. She uses primarily a qualitative approach (individual interviews, focus groups, and observations) to collect her data. She is also interested in the use of new technologies to enhance pedagogical practices.


Gloria DiFulvio


Gloria DiFulvio

Senior Lecturer of Community Health Education
Undergraduate Program Director in Public Health
Sciences

Email: gloria@schoolph.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Evaluation of health and human service programs within the United States. She has extensive involvement using mixed methods in community grant-funded projects in mental health promotion and suicide prevention, HIV prevention, domestic violence, drug and alcohol prevention and treatment, and K-12 prevention programs. She also has a particular interest in LGBT health. Gloria currently serves as the lead evaluator for the Massachusetts Statewide Youth Suicide Prevention Program and the Public Health Training Center.


Daniel Gerber


Daniel S. Gerber

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director of the online MPH in Public Health Practice program, and Senior Lecturer of Community Health Education

Email: gerber@schoolph.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Community health planning and community development and building, both in local communities and internationally. His expertise is in: health education (child survival, HIV/AIDS prevention, family planning, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, and nutrition education), empowerment training and facilitation, evaluation of health programs, and cross-cultural training. Today, Dr. Gerber is the School's Academic Dean. Dr. Gerber is currently co-principal investigator for the Western Mass Public Health Training Center.


Aline Gubrium

Associate Professor of Community Health Education

Email: agubrium@schoolph.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: My research uses participatory, digital, visual, and narrative methods to study the sexual and reproductive health knowledge and decision-making of marginalized women and youth. As a major methodological innovation, I use digital storytelling to engage research participants in reflecting on sexuality, reproductive health, and related aspects of lived experience. From early research with African-American women living in a southern rural community, to work with women using Depo-Provera contraception and more recent projects working with Latino/a youth to address barriers to sexual communication and sexuality education, the driving question across the board is how the participants view their sexual and reproductive health experiences, in particular, how they make sense of, respond to, and confront the many influences that shape their sexuality.


Dawn Heffernan


Dawn Heffernan

Director of the Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center

Email: dheffernan@schoolph.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Her areas of interests include research in chronic disease self-management, health disparities, health access, and workforce development.


Jacquie Kurland


Jacquie Kurland

Associate Professor of Communication Disorders

Email: jkurland@comdis.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Kurland’s research focuses on behavioral, neurobiological, and quality of life outcomes following intensive language rehabilitation in post-stroke aphasia. She seeks to discover treatment factors that maximize communicative success, functional independence, and quality of life in chronic aphasia, while gaining a better understanding of the neural mechanisms supporting language recovery. Her service work includes a number of annual events that promote stroke and aphasia awareness in the community.

Judi Labranche

Judi Bruno LaBranche

Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology
Director of the Body Shop Fitness Center

Email: jblabran@kin.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Community Health Promotion, Wellness Facility Management, Exercise Program Design for Normal and Special Populations. Her latest work with the YMCA included a partnership with LIVESTRONG in designing and implementing rehab programs for cancer survivors.

 

Risa Silverman

Outreach Director, Coordinator of the Office of Public Health Practice and Outreach

Email: risa@schoolph.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Risa Silverman has taught undergraduate community health courses, including Community Development/Organizing in Health Education, Public Health Practices, and the capstone course for seniors in the School’s new public health major. Her interests include finding internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Acting as liaison between community partners and faculty/students seeking work for mutual benefit via community-based participatory research. The intersection of food and public health, she serves on the board of CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.
 

Lisa Wexler

Lisa Marin Wexler

Associate Professor of Community Health Education
Director, Division of Community Health Studies

Email: lwexler@schoolph.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Wexler's research has focused on suicide prevention, community health worker training for rural, ethnically distinct communities, and youth substance abuse prevention. She is interested in expanding her work locally in relation to protective factors for youth substance abuse and violence and resilience/health promotion, with a particular interest in marginalized and ethnic minority youth. In a similar vein, Lisa is interested in service research focused on substance abuse recovery and psychological resilience after acute or on-going trauma.


Sarah Witkowski


Sarah Witkowski

Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology
Director of the Molecular and Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory


Email: switkows@kin.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interests: Cardiovascular disease research. Dr. Witkowski's research interest is in conventional and novel risk factors for cardiovascular disease and how they are influenced by physical activity, physical inactivity, and exercise. Recent research involves investigations on the development of early markers of cardiovascular dysfunction. Dr. Witkowski is involved with health outcome assessment in the Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA) program, which is a community-based program to reduce heath disparities among men of color in the city of Springfield.