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AFFILIATES

BECOME A MEMBER

Becoming an affiliate of the HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention provides access to resources and a broad network of stakeholders who are interested in understanding, mitigating, and ultimately eliminating health disparities. Our Affiliates are instrumental partners in our interdisciplinary efforts to disseminate innovative and transformative research findings back into the communities we serve. 

We seek to continue maximizing our collaborative efforts by encouraging University of Houston faculty interested in pursuing research in addictions, cancer, and/or health-equity science to affiliate with our Center. Affiliation provides exclusive benefits and access to resources, services, and support provided by the Research Infrastructure Core, Community Engagement Core, and the Investigator Development Core

Affiliate membership is based on a competitive application process.

The evaluation of new membership is based on scholarship to date, future scholarly potential, and the applicant’s fit with the goals and research interests of the HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention.

Please email the completed application and required components to healthrcmi@central.uh.edu

Affiliate applications are accepted year round.  

To learn more about our Affiliation program, including membership advantages please watch our informational webinar.

OUR UH FACULTY TEAM

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Susan M. Abughosh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Medical Adherence, Chronic Disease, Motivational Interviewing-Based Interventions

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Chiara Acquati, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Graduate College
of Social Work

Research Interests:

Psychosocial Oncology, Stress and Coping, Close Relationships and Caregiving, Social Determinants of Health/Health Disparities, Intervention Research

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Venkatesh Balan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Technology

Research Interests:

Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, and Extracellular Polysaccharides (EPS)

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Johanna Bick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Research Interests: 

Early Life Stress and Neurodevelopment,

Prevention and Intervention,

Health Disparities

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Maggie Britton, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

College of Education 

     Research Interests: 

Tobacco Control, Cancer Prevention, Health Disparities, Shared Decision Making

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Lila Carden, PhD

Assistant Professor

College of Technology

Research Interests:

Technology and Healthcare, Social Behaviors, Risk Management Framework, Minorities

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Sang Kyu Cho, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Health Outcomes Research, Health Policy, Health Economics, Minority Populations 

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Diana S-L. Chow, Ph.D.

Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Formulation development, Drug Delivery System, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Preclinical/Clinical research, Cancer

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Austin De La Cruz 

Clinical Assistant Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health, Psychiatry

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Lorra Garey, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Research Interests:

Psychopathology, Addiction, Smoking Cessation Treatment, Vulnerable Populations

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Lauren R. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

College of Medicine

Research Interests:

Community-Engaged Research, Opioid Epidemic, and Health-Equity Research

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Bin Guo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Cancer Biology, Cancer Pharmacology, Drug Delivery, Drug Discovery 

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Renita Horton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Biomedical Engineering

     Research Interests: 

Cardiovascular Disease Models, Microdevices, Environmental Cues and Heart Disease, 

Heart Disease Mechanisms

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Therese A. Kosten, Ph.D.

Professor

Psychology

Research Interests:

HPA Axis and Stress, Memory and Addiction, Sex Differences,

Epigenetics, Maternal Behavior, and Medication Development

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Raj Kumar, Ph.D.

Professor

College of Medicine

Research Interests:

Steroid Hormone Receptors, Breast Cancer, and Endocrine-Related Cancers

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Mary Love, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Nursing

Research Interests:

Cardiovascular Disease,

Stroke Resilience,

Race-Related Stress, Psychological/Biological Factors

Social/Cultural Factors

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Onyebuchi Ononogbu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Cancer Health Disparities, Cancer Screenings, Medication Adherence, Quality Improvement of Cancer Patients' Hospital Stays, Minority Representation in Healthcare Professions

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Zelma Oyarvide Tuthill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Research Interests:

Sexual Minority & Race-Related Stress & Coping, LGBTQIA+ Tobacco Disparities

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Maram Quttina, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow 

College of Technology

Research Interests:

Cancer Detection, Ovarian Cancer, Therapeutic Response, 3D Micropatterned Platform

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Anirban Roy, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Cellular & Muscular Signaling of Skeletal Muscle, Regeneration/Degeneration, Muscle Metabolism

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Samina Salim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Psychological Stress,

Cancer, and Sleep

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Steven Starks, M.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Medicine

Research Interests:

Mental Health Equity, State Mental Health Policy, Substance Use Disorders, Workforce Diversity & Inclusion

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Meghana Trivedi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Translational Research, Clinical Research, Cancer Prevention, and Medication Adherence

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