Ph.D. Candidate Wins Award at Federation of Graduate Students Research Symposium

Elizabeth Wachira

Elizabeth Wachira, a Ph.D. candidate in Health Studies, presented her research topic, “Health Disparities and Homelessness: Exploring Vulnerabilities as Determinants of Health” at the Federation Graduate Student Research Symposium held at TWU.  She won second place among students presenting from TWU, UNT, and Texas A & M in Commerce.


Ph.D. Student Presents at Aging in America Conference

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Laura Valentino at the Aging in America Conference in Washington, D.C.

Laura Valentino, a third-year doctoral student in Health Studies, recently presented at a symposium for the Aging in America Conference in Washington D.C. Her presentation  was about health disparities among family caregivers, a topic relating to  her research interest of disparities and depression among caregivers.

PhD Candidate Speaks at the Kimbell Art Museum

Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant, Amanda Hinson-Enslin, spoke to the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of TWU’s Former Students Association  about heart health on Valentine’s Day weekend at the Kimbell Art Museum .  In honor of National Heart Month Ms. Hinson-Enslin spoke about heart healthy foods, sneaky high sodium foods, exercise, stress management, and the importance of knowing your biometric numbers. Continue reading

Faculty and Doctoral Graduate Assistants Represent Health Studies at APHA 2015 Conference

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Dr. Guerrero and Alejandra Quezada during their poster presentation ‘Mexican-American’s access to health insurance and use of preventive care.’

The Health Studies Department was strongly represented at the American Public Health Association 2015 Conference in Chicago last month, with Drs. Guerrero, Parker, Crosslin, Amuta, and Menn (faculty) and graduate assistants Alejandra Quezada and Elizabeth Wachira presenting their research projects.


Doctoral student Elizabeth Wachira gave a poster presentation on cardiovascular disease disparities, using spatial analysis to determine what factors best predict cardiovascular disease death. Elizabeth explains: Continue reading

NBC Interviews Dr. Kimberly A. Parker for World AIDS Day

Dr. Kimberly A. Parker has spent the last ten years committed to HIV-AIDS prevention.  She travels across the country giving presentations on AIDS, HIV, and women’s health. The Gilead Sciences Foundation awarded associate professors Kimberly A. Parker, Ph.D., and Kristin Wiginton, Ph.D., in the TWU Department of Health Studies a grant to design a comprehensive women’s health intervention with different health education modules.  This grant promotes the medication called PrEP for the prevention of HIV.  PrEP is a medication found to be 92-98% effective against HIV when taken regularly. Continue reading