Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated UCSD faculty cross-cut campus to include the Division of Social Sciences, School of Medicine, Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Global Health Institute, QualComm Institute, Global Health Program, Center for Global Justice, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, and the Center for Mental Health Technology.

School of Medicine

  • David J. Grelotti

    David J. Grelotti

    MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Mental Health Services, Owens Clinic


    Dr. Grelotti received his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and thereafter residency training at Harvard Medical School in the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital adult psychiatry and child psychiatry residency training programs. He was a Global Mental Health Delivery Fellow at Harvard Medical School, working in Haiti and South Africa to build mental health services in these resource-limited settings. His primary interests are in HIV psychiatry, global mental health, and medicinal cannabis.

  • Jyoti Mishra

    Jyoti Mishra

    PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Founding Co-Director of the Neural Engineering and Translation Labs (NEATLabs), Advisory Board for Global Health Program


    Dr. Mishra is a translational neuroscientist with expertise in attention learning and brain plasticity. Her research focuses on engineering and the translation of cognitive neurotechnologies from the lab to the community, in both local and global settings. She has expertise in mental health research with video games, cognitive training, mindfulness-based self- regulation training, brain computer interfaces and neurofeedback. Her current projects focus on child and adolescent populations—typically developing children, children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and children who have suffered early life adversity.

  • Anita Raj

    Anita Raj

    PhD, Tata Chancellor Professor, Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health


    Trained as a developmental psychologist, Dr. Raj’s research includes epidemiologic and qualitative assessment of gendered, social, and cultural vulnerabilities for reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) concerns across national settings. Through this research, conducted in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Russia and North America, she has generated approximately 200 publications, and has been invited to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, the World Health Organization, UN Women, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on topics of gender inequities and health.

  • Steffanie Strathdee

    Steffanie Strathdee

    PhD, Harold Simon Professor and Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Director of Global Health Institute


    Dr. Strathdee is an infectious disease epidemiologist who has spent the last two decades focusing on HIV prevention in underserved, marginalized populations in developed and developing countries, including injection drug users, men having sex with men, and sex workers. In the last decade, she has published over 550 peer-reviewed publications on HIV prevention and the natural history of HIV and related infections and the evaluation of interventions to reduce harms among substance using populations. 

  • Jose Ricardo Suarez

    Jose Ricardo Suarez

    PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health


    Dr. Suarez is an epidemiologist. His main research interests involve understanding the role of environmental contaminants on brain development and metabolic alterations of children and adults, with ongoing research in Ecuador. 

Division of Social Sciences

  • Thomas J. Csordas

    Thomas J. Csordas

    PhD, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, J.Y. Chan Chair in Global Health, Founding Director of the Global Health Program, Co-Director of the Global Health Institute


    Dr. Thomas Csordas is an anthropologist whose principal interests are in medical and psychological anthropology, comparative religion, anthropological theory, cultural phenomenology and embodiment, globalization, social change, language, and culture. He has been Principal Investigator for comparative healing systems of the Navajo Nation, Catholic Charismatic groups, and culturally diverse adolescents in New Mexico and Mexico.

  • Fonna Forman

    Fonna Forman

    PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, Founding Co-Director for the Center for Global Justice, Advisory Board for Global Health Program


    Dr. Forman is an advocate for engaged social science, and deepening university-community research partnerships. Forman’s research has become increasingly ‘grounded’ in recent years, engaging issues at the intersection of ethics, public culture, urban policy and the city - including human rights at the urban scale, climate justice, border ethics and equitable urbanization.  Recent publications include a volume on critical interventions in global justice theory, a volume on urban informality, a research collaboration on “grounded normative theory”, and thematic papers on ‘municipal cosmopolitanism’, ‘cross-border citizenship’, ‘climate migration’, and ‘participatory urbanization’.

  • Bonnie N. Kaiser

    Bonnie N. Kaiser

    PhDAssistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Health Program

    Her research focuses on elucidating cultural models of mental health and illness and exploring their connections to care-seeking; developing and adapting measurement tools for cross-cultural research and interventions; improving cultural adaptation of global mental health interventions; and critically exploring concepts of trauma, risk, and resilience. Her scholarship balances critical and constructive engagement with the field of global mental health, advancing both theory in psychological anthropology and practice in global mental health. She conducts rigorous mixed-methods studies with multidisciplinary engagement, drawing on her training as an anthropologist (PhD), epidemiologist (MPH), and global health implementation scientist (postdoc).

  • David Mares

    David Mares

    PhD, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies


    Dr. Mares’s principal research and teaching interests include Latin American energy politics, the political economy of drug policy, defense policy, civil-military relations and the use of photographic imagery in politics. He is the author or editor of ten books and his publications have appeared in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese in journals such as Comparative Politics, International Organization, International Interactions, Security Studies, Latin American Research Review, Foro Internacional, Estudios Internacionales and Fuerzas Armadas y Sociedad.

  • Amy Non

    Amy Non

    PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology


    Dr. Amy Non is a molecular anthropologist with an interest in the genetic and sociocultural contributors to racial and social inequalities in health. Her research focus is to understand how social experiences can become biologically embedded to affect health throughout the life course. Her newest project is an investigation of epigenetic consequences of stressors experienced by children of Mexican-born immigrants.

  • Olga Olivas Hernandez

    Olga Olivas Hernandez

    PhD, Assistant Project Scientist Professor and Lecturer of Anthropology


    Dr. Olga Olivas Hernandez is anthropologist with particular research expertise on mental health, substance use/abuse, treatment and healing systems in cultural context. She has PhD in Social Sciences with emphasis in Social Anthropology from El Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico. For the past two years, she has been the lead field ethnographer in research conducted with adolescents on emotional wellbeing in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Steve Parish

    Steve Parish

    PhD, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Advisory Board for Global Health Program


    Dr. Parish has a strong interest in the intersection of global health, climate change, and sustainability—especially in India, Nepal, and the Himalaya. This reflects interests in nature, culture, and the ethics of humanity’s relationship to the natural world and cultural diversity. His research has used person-centered ethnography to understand the role of culture in the development of moral consciousness, to examine the experience of inequality as it shapes the formation of self and culture in caste society, and to explore the subjectivity of suffering.

  • Nadia Santillanes

    Nadia Santillanes

    PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer of Anthropology and Global Health

    Dr. Nadia Sanitllanes is a social anthropologist with expertise on mental health and migration. Since 2007, she has conducted research on health and migration in various contexts and population groups. One of them aimed to explore the difficulties that mexican undocumented have in accessing health services in New York City. During her PhD, she did her ethnographic work on the health / illness / care processes of mexican undocumented women diagnosed with depression in New York City. Her principal interests are violence and its linkage with mental health problems in vulnerable groups in migrational contexts. Primary interest also include the evaluation of public health policies towards the specific needs of migrant groups.

  • Paula Saravia

    Paula Saravia

    PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer of Anthropology


    Dr. Paula F. Saravia is a medical anthropologist from Chile interested in the connections between cultural epidemiology, indigeneity, and everyday forms of care. Her new research project focuses on the experience of mental illness and climate change among indigenous communities in the Argentina-Chile border in northern Patagonia.

  • Katerina Semendeferi

    Katerina Semendeferi

    PhD, Professor of Anthropology and of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Director of Laboratory for Human Comparative Neuroanatomy


    Dr. Semendferi’s research focuses on the comparative neuroanatomy of the human brain explores neural systems involved in complex cognitive and emotional processes in humans, apes and other primates, as well as in human mental disorders.

  • Saiba Varma

    Saiba Varma

    PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology


    Dr. Varma is a medical and cultural anthropologist working on questions of violence, medicine, psychiatry, and politics as they pertain to Indian-controlled Kashmir and South Asia more generally. Varma teaches courses on: global health and inequality; medical and psychological anthropology; humanitarianism; conflict and health; affects and emotions.

Division of Arts and Humanities

  • Teddy Cruz

    Teddy Cruz

    Professor of Visual Arts, Director of Urban Research, Center on Global Justice


    Dr. Teddy Cruz is recognized internationally for his urban and architectural research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, advancing border immigrant neighborhoods as sites of cultural production, from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing and civic infrastructure. His investigation of this geography of conflict has inspired a practice and pedagogy that emerges from the particularities of this bicultural territory and the integration of theoretical research, pedagogy and design production. 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan

    Veerabhadran Ramanathan

    PhD, Victor C. Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Director of Atmospheric Sciences, and Chair of the Project Surya Scripps Institution of Oceanography


    Professor Ramanathan has been conducting original research in Climate and Atmospheric Science since the 1970s. He discovered the super greenhouse effect of halo carbons (CFCs) in 1975 and used observations to quantify the large global warming effect of black carbon. He led international field campaigns, developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown cloud pollution worldwide, and educates and trains the next generation of scientists. He has won numerous prestigious awards including the Tyler prize. In 2013, he was awarded the top environment prize from the United Nations, the Champions of Earth for Science and Innovation. He has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, the Pontifical Academy by Pope John Paul II and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He currently chairs an international science team from Asia, Africa and Latin America under the Atmospheric Brown Clouds Program sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme.

  • Isabel Rivera-Collazo

    Isabel Rivera-Collazo

    PhD, Assistant Professor on Biological, Ecological and Human Adaptations to Climate Change at the Department of Anthropology and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography


    Dr. Rivera-Collazo is an environmental archaeologist specializing on geoarchaeology, archaeomalacology, coastal and marine processes, maritime culture and climate change, with regional interests in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Basin and the Neotropics (Pan Caribbean region); Israel and the eastern Mediterranean. Her research focuses on the effect that human activity has over island ecosystems through time, as well as how have people responded to climatic and environmental change in the past. Dr. Rivera-Collazo’s work focuses on resilience and adaptation, investigating what decisions enhance or reduce adaptive success. Taking an applied approach, Dr. Rivera-Collazo also works with local communities in the quest for understanding the current and expected impacts of climate change, including threats to coastal heritage.