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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

  • Kristin Cadenhead

    Kristin Cadenhead

    MD, Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program

    Dr. Kristin Cadenhead is a Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Diego and an attending physician at the UCSD Medical Center. She is the Director of the Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program, a research and clinical program that focuses on early identification, intervention and prevention of serious mental illness. She received her BA degree in Biology/Psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Schizophrenia research at UCSD.

  • Lisa T. Eyler

    Lisa T. Eyler

    PhD, Professor of Psychiatry,  Director of the Mental Health in Aging Unit in the Desert-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Director of the Center for Empathy and Compassion Training in Medical Education in the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion 


    Lisa T. Eyler, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and Director of the Mental Health in Aging Unit in the Desert-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She also directs theCenter for Empathy and Compassion Training in Medical Education in the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion. She leads the Department of Psychiatry Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Council. Dr. Eyler's research focuses on understanding individual differences in cognitive and emotional functioning using neurobiological measures including structural and functional brain imaging. She contributes to several global collaborative initiatives focused on bipolar disorder, including the ENIGMA Bipolar Working Group to analyze neuroimaging data, the Global Aging and Geriatric Experiments in Bipolar Disorder (GAGE-BD) project to examine archival data on late-life bipolar disorder, and the International Consortium Investigating Neurocognition in Bipolar Disorder (ICONIC-BD) which investigates cognitive performance in samples from around the world.  She is also interested in promoting educational initiatives world-wide to enhance empathy and compassion among clinical learners.

  • David J. Grelotti

    David J. Grelotti

    MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Mental Health Services, Owen 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, MBA,  Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Founding Co-Director of the Neural Engineering and Translation Labs (NEATLabs), Advisory Board for Global Health Program


    Dr. Mishra is a computational and translational neuroscientist with expertise in attention, learning and brain plasticity. Her research focuses on engineering and translation of cognitive neuro-technologies from the lab to the community, in both local and global settings. She has conducted mental health research with video games, cognitive training, mindfulness-based self-regulation training, brain computer interfaces and neurofeedback. Her current projects focus on personalized interventions for depression and climate change resilience.

  • 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.

  • Desiree Shapiro, MD

    Desiree Shapiro, MD

    MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

    Dr. Desiree Shapiro is an Associate Clinical Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Shapiro received her medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine and she completed her residency in adult psychiatry at UCSD. She served as Executive Chief Fellow for the UCSD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship before becoming an attending on the inpatient Rady Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services (CAPS) Unit, Rady Crisis Stabilization Unit, and in the Rady Emergency Room. She has done research in healthy behavior change, psychopharmacology, and physical activity in youth. Dr. Shapiro is passionate about promoting wellness in local schools and has partnered with La Jolla Country Day School on their school wide wellness initiative. She recently was funded to create the CAP Inclusive Excellence Program, an initiative to grow a more inclusive workforce of pediatric psychiatrists in our region. Dr. Shapiro is passionate about training the next generation of child and adolescent psychiatrists, providing education about mental health and wellness, collaborating with school and community partners, and promoting the well-being of patients, families, medical professionals, and our communities.

  • Steffanie Strathdee

    Steffanie Strathdee

    PhD, Harold Simon Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Co-Director, Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH) and International Core of the San Diego Center for AIDS Research


    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 people who inject drugs and sex workers. In the last decade, she has published over 700 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. She is also actively involved in the leadership of IPATH, which uses phage therapy to treat multi-drug resistant bacterial infections and the international core of the SD CFAR.

  • Jose Ricardo Suarez

    Jose Ricardo Suarez

    PhD, Associate 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. 

School of Public Health

  • Cheryl Anderson

    Cheryl Anderson

    PhD, MPH, MS, Professor and Dean of the University of California San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology and Hypertension & Director of the UCSD Center of Excellence in Health Promotion and Equity

    Dr. Anderson’s research is focused on nutrition and chronic disease prevention with a goal of equitably improving human health; including development of nutrition policy strategies for prevention of cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and diet-related cancers; and promotion of health behavior and elimination of health disparities by personal and environmental factors. Dr. Anderson has served on the Pan American Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction, the National Academy of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board, and the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She is the Chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council of Epidemiology and Prevention and immediate past Chair of the AHA nutrition committee. She currently serves on the editorial board of Circulation. Dr. Anderson was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Medicine in 2016.

    Select publications for Dean Anderson can be found here.

School 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


    Thomas J. Csordas is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego, where he holds the Dr. James Y. Chan Presidential Chair in Global Health.  He is Founding Director of the Global Health Program and Director of the UCSD Global Health Institute. His research interests include medical and psychological anthropology, global mental health, comparative religion, cultural phenomenology and embodiment, globalization and social change, and language and culture.  He has conducted ethnographic research on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, healing in the Navajo Nation, adolescent psychiatric patients in New Mexico, Catholic exorcism in the United States and Italy, and the health of refugees on the US-Mexico border.  He is author of The Sacred Self (1994); Embodiment and Experience (1994); Language, Charisma,and Creativity (1997); Body/Meaning/Healing (2002); Transnational Transcendence (2009); Engaging Evil (with William C. Olsen, 2019); Troubled in the Land of Enchantment (with Janis H. Jenkins, 2020).

  • Fonna Forman

    Fonna Forman

    PhD, Professor of Political Science, Founding Director for the Center on Global Justice


    Fonna Forman is Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center on Global Justice at UC San Diego, focused on community-based solutions to poverty and environmental crisis. Her research engages the intersection of ethics, urban policy and the city – with a special focus on climate justice, borders and migration, and equitable urbanization. She was VIce-Chair of the University of Californias 2015 Bending the Curve report on climate change solutions; and currently serves as Co-Chair of the University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council. She partners closely with UC San Diego Professor Teddy Cruz, leading a variety of urban research and civic interventions in the San Diego-Tijuana border region and beyond, including the UCSD Community Stations, a network of field stations across the border region designed for engaged research and teaching on community-based solutions to poverty and environmental crisis.

  • Bonnie N. Kaiser

    Bonnie N. Kaiser

    PhDAssociate 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). She is a qualitative and mixed-methods specialist and a consultant for UCSD's Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC). 
  • David Mares

    David Mares

    PhD, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Institute of the Americas Endowed Chair for Inter-American Affairs


    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, Associate Professor of Anthropology


    Dr. Amy Non is a genetic 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, and potentially contribute to racial disparities in health. Her ongoing projects include investigation of biological embedding of stress in Latina immigrant mothers and children, examination of epigenetic effects of stress in developing human neurons, microRNA in longitudinal breast milk, and racial bias in spirometry and disparities in lung function.

  • 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.

  • Olga Olivas Hernandez

    Olga Olivas Hernandez

    Ph.D., Lecturer for the Global Health Program

    Dr. Olga Olivas Hernández is an anthropologist with a particular research expertise on new spiritualities, mental health and migration, substance use/abuse, treatment, and healing systems in the cultural context. She has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Social Anthropology from CIESAS Occidente. Recent research collaborations include: Embodiment and Subjectivity in Religious Treatments for drug abuse; Life trajectories and substance abuse among Mexican Migrants in the U.S.-Mexico Border; and Cultural Perceptions of Emotional Wellbeing and Patterns of Help-Seeking in Tijuana, Mexico. Currently, she is researching Health and Migration Trajectories among asylum seekers stranded in mobility in Northern Mexico. Some of her more recent publications are: 

    1. 2020 Migrant Trajectories and Health experiences. Processes of Health/ Illness/Care for drug use among migrants in the Mexico-United States border region. In Critical Medical Anthropology in Latin America. University College London. pp. 119-144.
    2. 2019 Loneliness, adolescence, and global mental health: Soledad and structural violence in Mexico. Janis H. Jenkins, Giselle Sanchez, and Oglias Olivas. Transcultural Society
    3. 2019 Productive Misunderstandings: The Ambivalent Relationship Between Religious-Based Treatments and the Lay State in Mexico. 2019, Odgers Ortiz, O., Olivas-Hernández, O.L. International Journal of Latin American Religion 3, 356–369.
    4. 2018 Procesos de Salud y Enfermedad en la Nueva Era. Terapias Alternativas y Complementarias en Tijuana, B.C., México. In Entre Trópicos. Diálogos de estudios Nueva Era entre México y Brasil. CIESAS/Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
    5. 2018 Danzar la Frontera. Procesos Socioculturales en la tradición de danza azteca en las Californias. El Colegio de la Frontera Norte/Juan Pablos editores, México.
  • 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,Associate Professor of Anthropology and Affiliate Faculty in the Global Health Program and Science Studies programs


    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.

  • Hua Wu (Miranda)

    Hua Wu (Miranda)

    PhD, and lecturer of Anthropology and Global Health, Affiliated Faculty, Center for Global Mental Health 

     is a psychological/medical anthropologist whose research interest is on mental health and transgenerational experience and trauma across historical transitions in Mainland China. Her dissertation work, “Where do I place my body and heart: embodiment and emotion across personal and historical transitions in modern China”, takes a phenomenological perspectives in understanding how people understand the changes of their bodily and emotional experiences across life stage under intensified social transformation in East Asian society. Her research investigate mental health, personal relations, and person-culture interactions across several generations in China.  

    Miranda is also interested in the temporal-spatial aspects of everyday life and the broadened meaning and methods of illness experiences and healing in mental health across cultures. She also collaborates with Fudan-UC center at UCSD and Fudan University’s anthropological team to explore the culturally shaped experience of mental health and psychological well-being and management in multiple cities in China.  

School 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. With Political Science Professor Fonna Forman, he co-directs the UCSD Community Stations, located in marginalized communities across the border region. 

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


    Ramanathan is the Frieman endowed presidential chair Emeritus professor for climate sustainability at the University of California at San Diego and Cornell Climate Solutions Scholar, Cornell University. He served as the science advisor for Pope Francis' Holy See delegation to the UN's 2015 Paris climate summit. He leads University of California's Bending the Curve: Climate solutions education protocol, taught at many campuses around the world. He now leads the Climate Resilience project at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican. He is the recipient of numerous global awards including the prestigious 2021 Blue Planet Prize.

     He discovered the greenhouse effect of chlorofulorocarbons and other heat trapping pollutants gases. His findings on Non-CO2 global warming gases and black carbon soot have led to several successful climate mitigation actions worldwide, including the formation of Climate and Clean Air Coalition by the United Nations to mitigate short lived climate pollutants. He was  Listed as Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2014 and named 2013 Champion of the Earth Laureate for the Science and Innovation category, by the United Nations Environment Program.. He is elected to  the Pontifical Academy of Science (council member); Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the US National Academy of Science and the World Academy of Sciences.

  • 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.