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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, Residency Training Director for the Department 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 Centers. She serves as Residency Training Director for the Department of Psychiatry and 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 Neuroimaging Unit in the Desert-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center

    Lisa T. Eyler, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and Director of the Neuroimaging Unit in the Desert-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She leads the Department of Psychiatry Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues and the Anti-racism Action Workgroup. 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.  

  • David J. Grelotti

    David J. Grelotti

    MD, Associate Clinical 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.

  • 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 has been involved in organized medicine and national committees through the APA and AACAP and served as President of the APA Leadership Fellowship with a seat on the APA’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Shapiro is a former Laughlin Fellow and past recipient of AADPRT’s Ginsberg Award as well as AACAP’s inaugural John E. Schowalter Award. Dr. Shapiro is passionate about promoting wellness in local schools and has partnered with La Jolla Country Day School on their schoolwide wellness initiative. She recently was funded to create the CAP Inclusive Excellence Program, an initiative e to grow and diversify the 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 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, 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.

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).

  • Ellen Kozelka

    Ellen Kozelka

    PhD, Lecturer, Global Health Program

    Ellen Kozelka's research interests include the US-México border; the phenomenology of healing; migration and health; ethnographic methods; and global mental health. She successfully defended her dissertation "Investigating the Role of Cultural Environment in Addiction Treatment and Recovery in the United States-México Border Zone" and was awarded her a PhD in June 2020. This research was part of an international and inter-institutional project with El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California run by Dra. Olga Odgers Ortiz that investigated the relatively recent proliferation of religious and secular/spiritual rehabilitation centers for illicit drug users in Tijuana, MX.

    Ellen's ongoing research explores cross-border conceptions of mental illness as well as their relationship to care-seeking and therapeutic experience. She is also a member of the CGMH research team for several projects (SWYEPT, Bienestar, Adolescent Mental Health in Southern California) run by Prof. Janis Jenkins and Prof. Thomas Csordas at UCSD. Her participation in these projects focuses on the lived experience of psychotropic drugs (both prescribed and otherwise) as well as cultural understandings of mental illness as they shape formulations of cure and healing. 

    1. 2018 Ellen E. Kozelka “Concepciones culturales del ‘drogadicto’ en la frontera de México-Estados Unidos y la formación del clima de tratamiento en dos centros de rehabilitación Tijuanenses.” In Dejar las drogas con ayuda de Dios: Experiencias de internamiento en centros de rehabilitación religiosos y espirituales en la región fronteriza de Baja California, edited by Olga Odgers Ortíz. El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
    2. 2017 Ellen E. Kozelka and Janis H. Jenkins “Renaming non-communicable diseases.” The Lancet Global Health 5(7):e655. 
    3. 2017 Jenkins, Janis H. and Ellen E. Kozelka "Global Mental Health and Psychopharmacology in Precarious Ecologies: Anthropological Considerations for Engagement and Efficacy." In The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health
    4. 2016 Ellen E. Kozelka “SPA/RLF Fellowship Feature” Anthropology News-SPA Section.
  • 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.

  • 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 of Anthropology and Conacyt Research Fellow.

    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.
  • 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.