Dr. Roe and Abry Gomez


Health Science and Recreation faculty are involved in many research projects, including studies of disparities in use of health services, community organizing for health in immigrant communities, evaluation of food security programs across California, the experiences of returning veterans and their loved ones, statistical measures of acculturation, and more.

Below are some listings of researchers and a further description of their research project(s):

Edward Mamary, Dr.PH., MS

My main research interests are:

Increasing access to health services for those in need. Promoting innovative training opportunities for the public health workforce through capacity buildingHIV prevention with marginalized populations

I have published in a wide-range of journals, particularly those issued by international publishers, in order to reach a broader public health audience. Also, I have presented at national and international professional conferences to large, diverse audiences.

Kathleen Roe, Dr.PH., MPH

My research centers on the ways in which people are engaged with the issues of their time. My community-based scholarship has included participatory research with grandparent caregivers (with Meredith Minkler), HIV prevention community planning (with Kevin Roe), and Salud Familiar en McKinley (with so many Health Science partners!). I am also the Founding Director of the Intercambio with the Ecoalebrije Artisan Association, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Miranda Worthen, Ph.D.

My research examines the psychosocial experiences of vulnerable populations with high levels of trauma.

My research currently addresses three distinct populations:

1)  War-affected young mothers in Africa

2)  U.S. military service members and veterans

3)  Native Americans at risk of suicide in the Bay Area

My research with these groups takes the form of basic epidemiology of psychosocial factors, the development of context-appropriate mixed methodologies that emphasize academic rigor and community validity, and intervention research. My research portfolio encompasses projects at each stage of development, from partnership building through to manuscript publication.

This research portfolio is embedded within an interdisciplinary framework of how traumatic stress impacts war-affected populations. While my work is firmly situated within the discipline of epidemiology, I bring to bear on my work an interdisciplinary background in international development and psychology.

My current grants include a partnership with the Native American Health Center in Oakland on a youth suicide prevention initiative and a grant to initiate a longitudinal study with veterans recently separated from the military and their families aimed at improving our understanding of reintegration within the family system.

You can find a listing of my recent publications on my faculty webpage at:

You can find out more about my research with young mothers formerly associated with fighting forces or armed groups at:

Joshua Baur, Ph.D.

My research focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural environment. I focus on the study of human ecology occurs primarily in the context of urban and developed settings, looking specifically at recreation and leisure behavior of urban and city dwellers, and the relationship urban people have with the natural surroundings in and around developed areas.

I have researched the relationship city dwellers have with small scale (5 acres or less) city green spaces, public attitudes about city parks, the impacts time spent in nature settings has on physical and psychological wellbeing, the influence of green spaces on sense of community, and public attitudes and perceptions about urban forest ecosystem services. Current research activity includes a study exploring the ecological and social impacts of homelessness on national forest lands, and the effects time spent in a community garden is having on the wellness of university students. 

Among many areas of human ecology that interest me, I am especially interested in exploring how time spent in urban natural spaces impacts the spiritual wellness of city residents.

Dr. Susan Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, RTC

As a therapist, I specialize in the treatment of women survivors of sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, and adventure therapy. My doctoral research examined the underlying archetypal phenomenon of personal transformation and is the subject of her forthcoming book, The Map to Wholeness: Finding Yourself through Crisis, Change, and Reinvention.