Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Laura Chyu

Program Director, Full-Time Faculty
(415) 422-4746

As a health demographer, Dr. Chyu studies how social factors and chronic stressors are embodied physiologically and shape women’s health over the life course. Her research examines the dynamic interplay of biological and social processes to better understand how chronic stress impacts health and aging trajectories. She is also interested in the effects of positive and adverse childhood experiences on physical and mental health later in life.

Education:

Northwestern University, Cells to Society Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research, Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, PhD in Public Health, Stanford University, MA in Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University, BA in Human Biology

Expertise:

Women's health , Biodemography, Chronic and toxic stress

Erin Grinshteyn

Department Chair, Full-Time Faculty
(415) 422-6692

Dr. Grinshteyn is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she teaches a variety of courses in the MPH program. Her primary research interest relates to fear of crime and fear of violent victimization, and the association of fear with a variety of health outcomes. She is particularly interested in population-based health disparities associated with fear of violence and specifically examines these topics among older adults. Erin also does work examining...

Education:

PhD in Health Services, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA, MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University , BA in Sociology, Brandeis University

Richard Callahan

Professor; Director, Health Services Administration Concentration, Master of Public Administration; Co-Director of the Health Policy Leadership Concentration, Sacramento
(916) 803-7022

Dr. Callahan is a Professor at the University of San Francisco, with a joint appointment from the USF School of Management and the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions. Callahan is Co-Director of the USF Master of Public Health Program in Sacramento and the Director of the Health Services Administration concentration in the Master of Public Administration in the School of Management. His health and human services consulting contracts have been in the states of California, Washington,...

Education:

Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA), University of Southern California, LA, CA. Dissertation: The Politics of Structural Choice: Cooperation in Political Environments, Master of Public Administration (MPA), USC, Los Angeles, California., Tenri University, Nara Prefecture, Japan., Bachelor of Arts (BA), Honors in Government, Georgetown University, Wash., D.C.

Expertise:

Leadership Practices, Strategic Planning

Marie-Claude Couture

Associate Professor; Department Vice Chair
(415) 422-4075

Dr. Couture has more than fifteen years of experience leading public health studies in local and international settings, including Haiti, Cambodia, Ghana, Thailand, and the Ivory Coast. She built a solid academic background in epidemiology and public health with research interests in substance use, infectious diseases, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and social determinants of health in diverse, vulnerable populations. Dr. Couture has been principal investigator, co-...

Education:

Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, PhD in Public Health, epidemiology, , McGill University, Montreal, Canada, MSc, Masters in Biochemistry, molecular biology, Université Laval Quebec, Canada, BSc, Bachelor in Microbiology

Expertise:

Epidemiology, Data analysis, Quantitative research methods, Survey design

Dorothy (Dory) Escobar

Assistant Professor; APEX Coordinator

Dory Magasis Escobar, PhD has worked in community organizing, coalition building, and grassroots leadership development for decades in Northern California and Central America.  She was Director of Healthy Communities and Community Building at a regional health system for 13 years; where she also oversaw the organization’s Community Benefit planning and reporting. Prior to that time, Dory worked for 11 years in Central America in community mental health, community-based rehabilitation, community...

Education:

PhD Public Health - Community Health Promotion, Walden University, M.A. Clinical Psychology - Manual Luis Escamilla University, El Salvador, B.A. Psychology - Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Expertise:

Community engagement, Community organizing & coalition building, Community psychology, Social determinants of health, Participatory strategic planning & evaluation, Non-profit hospital Community Benefit

Alice Fiddian-Green

Assistant Professor

Alice Fiddian-Green (she, her, hers) is Assistant Professor in the MPH program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Alice specializes in the application and analysis of digital and visual participatory research methods to examine social, structural, and racial inequities as they pertain to reproductive health and justice. Alice was certified as a Digital Storytelling facilitator in 2015. Since then, she has co-facilitated and worked on digital storytelling projects in a range of...

Education:

UMass Amherst, PhD in Public Health, 2019, UMass Amherst, MPH in Health Promotion and Policy, 2013

Expertise:

Digital storytelling, Visual and digital participatory research methods, Qualitative data collection and analysis, Arts-based research methods

Erin Grinshteyn

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6692

Dr. Grinshteyn is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she teaches a variety of courses in the MPH program. Her primary research interest relates to fear of crime and fear of violent victimization, and the association of fear with a variety of health outcomes. She is particularly interested in population-based health disparities associated with fear of violence and specifically examines these topics among older adults. Erin also does work examining...

Education:

PhD in Health Services, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA, MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University , BA in Sociology, Brandeis University

Courtney Keeler

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6683

Courtney Keeler is a health economist. She has been teaching at USF's Master in Public Health programs since August 2011. In her teaching, she works to meet students where they are in hope of creating a classroom climate where individuals feel well-equipped to tackle the subject matter covered in the course.

Education:

PhD, Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012 (Focus in health economics), MS in Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008, BA in Economics, University of California at San Diego, 2006 (Summa Cum Laude, Highest Distinction, Provost’s Honors, Phi Beta Kappa)

Expertise:

Health economics, Health policy and management

Kelly L'Engle

Associate Professor, Director of the MPH-Behavioral Health concentration
(415) 422-4730

Dr. Kelly L’Engle is a social and behavioral health scientist with 25 years experience in research and program development in the health sector. She joined the faculty of the Population Health Sciences Department in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco in August 2015. She has served as department chair and program director and teaches classes in program planning and evaluation, health communication, adolescent health, research methods, and applied...

Education:

Ph.D. Health Behavior and Health Education, Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, MPH, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, BA, Development Studies (Sociology), Brown University, Providence, RI

Expertise:

Adolescent Health, Reproductive Health, HIV and STIs, Health Communication and Design, New Media and Technologies, Substance Use, Interventions, Global Health and Populations, mHealth

Kelly McDermott

Assistant Professor; Co-Director of the Health Policy Leadership Concentration, Sacramento

Dr. McDermott is an Assistant Professor in the Population Health Sciences Department. She received a BA in Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MA in Health Policy and Bioethics from George Washington University and a PhD in Health Services Research from University of Washington. Dr. McDermott also completed postdoctoral training in Integrative Medicine Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. McDermott has worked...

Education:

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Integrative Medicine Research, University of California, San Francisco, CA, Doctor of Philosophy, Health Services Research, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Master of Arts in Philosophy and Social Policy Emphasis in Health Policy and Bioethics, George Washington University, Washington, DC, Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, minor Philosophy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Expertise:

Research Methods, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease,, Integrative Medicine, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Digital Health Tools and Interventions

Marcianna Nosek

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2019

Dr. Nosek's education includes an ADN/RN from Cabrillo Community College; BA from CSUMB; MPH in Maternal/Child and International Health from UC Berkeley; MS and Certified Nurse Midwife from UCSF; and Ph.D. in Nursing from UCSF. She worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery for 17 years and started teaching at USF in 2007. Since starting at USF, she has taught in multiple programs including the BSN, DNP, MSN, and MPH. As a tenured, Associate Professor, she currently teaches in the MSN...

Education:

PhD, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, MS, Certified Nurse Midwife & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco, MPH, Specialty Area of Maternal/Child Health, Minor in International Health, University of California, Berkeley, BA, Integrated Studies, International Health, California State University, Monterey Bay, ASN, Registered Nurse, Cabrillo College

Annette Regan

Assistant Professor; Co-Director of the Community Public Health Practice Concentration, Orange County

Dr. Regan is a perinatal and pediatric infectious disease epidemiologist with over 14 years of experience leading epidemiologic research and public health practice. She completed an MPH in epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in 2006, and a PhD in infectious diseases at the University of Western Australia in 2016. She has previously worked as an epidemiologist for state and federal public health agencies, including the US Centers for Disease Control and...

Education:

University of Western Australia, PhD in Infectious Diseases, 2016, University of Western Australia, Masters of Infectious Diseases, 2016, Emory University, MPH in Epidemiology, 2006, University of Florida, BSc in Psychology, 2004

Expertise:

Epidemiology, Public Health Surveillance, Infectious Disease Prevention & Control, Survey Development & Data Analysis, Analysis of Administrative Health Data

Taryn Vian PhD

Professor
(415) 422-4129

Dr. Vian is a public health scholar and academic leader whose work is guided by the belief that all people have the right to access quality health care without having to experience financial hardship. She is dedicated to practice-based teaching and the development of emerging public health leaders eager to work with communities to address the underlying social determinants of health. Through her research and scholarly work, she has furthered efforts to control corruption in the health sector,...

Education:

PhD, Public Policy and Global Health, University Professors Program, Boston University, SM, Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, BA Colgate University, Philosophy, Hamilton, NY

Expertise:

Global health, Public-private partnerships, Anti-corruption, Health policy and management

Part-Time Faculty


Monica De La Cruz

Adjunct Professor

Monica De La Cruz, MPH is adjunct faculty in the Master's in Public Health program. Also currently a PhD student at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, Monica received a master’s in public health from the University of San Francisco. After receiving her MPH, Monica worked at the Stanford School of Medicine in partnership with pediatricians, pediatric residents, medical students, and other medical providers examining the impact of local interventions on addressing basic needs insecurity (...

Education:

UC Berkeley, PhD in Social Welfare, Currently Attending, University of San Francisco, Master's in Public Health, 2015, San Francisco State University, BS in Molecular and Cell Biology, 2008

Expertise:

Qualitative research methods

Jeanne Alongi

Adjunct Professor

In addition to serving as adjunct faculty for the MPH Program, Jeanne Alongi, DrPH, MPH is the director of public health practice for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors where her work focuses on public sector public health practice, leadership development, and organizational capacity building. Dr. Alongi’s experience spans academic, national-, state-, and local-level practice and her professional interests center on organizational effectiveness and evidence-based practice in...

Education:

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, DrPH in Health Leadership, 2013, The George Washington University, MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics, 1997, UC Davis, BS in Zoology, 1991

Lisa Catanzaro

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor Lisa Catanzaro is a public health researcher with expertise in the planning of innovative initiatives supported with technology. Her focus is in the areas of health policy, prevention, and population health informatics, and her scholarship focuses on environmental, lifestyle, and psychosocial health determinants that influence the rising levels of non-communicable disease. In 2012, Lisa was the recipient of grant funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services for...

Education:

University of San Francisco, MPH, 2014, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Certificate in Public Health Informatics, 2013, University of Florida, Masters of Architecture, 1997, Tulane University, BA in Psychology, 1993

Expertise:

Health Systems Research and Transformation, Strategic Planning, Program & Product Management

Trina Gonzalez

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor Trina Gonzalez is vice president for policy at the California Hospital Association, where she is responsible for managed care and reimbursement, telehealth, community benefits, and other issues for the association. Prior to her current position, she was director of community integration at UC Davis Health, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategies that ensure the continuity of care for families and individuals with Medi-Cal and for underserved...

Education:

Princeton University, Master in Public Policy (MPP), 2013, University of Hawaii, MA in Political Science, 1995, Scripps College, BA in International Relations, 1992

Expertise:

Public health policy, State government and politics

Lee-Nah Hsu

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Lee-Nah Hsu, upon returning to the United States in 2016, is an adjunct faculty at the School’s Public Health Program. Prior to joining the University, she worked with the United Nations on developing health and social policies and programs in Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe. She combines her global health, legal and epidemiology expertise to promote transdisciplinary solutions in addressing the challenges of planetary health. In addition to doctoral degrees in Juris Prudence, and in...

Education:

Suffolk University, JD, 1985, Harvard University, ScD, 1983, Harvard University, MPH, 1980, Yale University, MSc in Community Health Nursing, 1979, Health Sciences University of Oregon, BSc, 1977

Expertise:

Governance, Planetary & Ecosystems Health , Global Health Policy, Health Systems Strengthening and Resilience Building

William Hua

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6681

Dr. William Hua is an adjunct professor and teaches for the MPH and PsyD programs; his courses include a focus on integrated behavioral health, integrated care, and psychotherapy. He is a clinical health psychologist with the San Francisco VA health care system and has a strong emphasis on work with diverse and stigmatized populations and is dedicated to providing culturally humble care and treatment. Dr. Hua received his PhD in Clinical Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine at the...

Education:

PhD, Clinical Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine, University of North Texas, BS, Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Expertise:

HIV and Hepatitis C Clinical Care, Primary Care/Mental Health Integration, Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Health Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Ellen Lewis

Adjunct Professor

Ellen Lewis, PhD is a systems thinking consultant who works globally in organizational development and evaluation. Her systemic interventions bring into focus the complexity and interrelatedness of gender equality, environmental sustainability, habitability, and social justice. Ellen partners with a variety of public, private civil society and academic organizations. She has led projects in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and the...

Education:

University of Hull, United Kingdom, PhD in Systems Science, 2016, Sonoma State University, MA in Psychology/Organization Development, 2005, San Jose State University, BA in Public Relations, 1987

Expertise:

Systems Thinking and Complexity Science, Evaluation, Global Development, Gender equality, environments and marginalized voices, Community Development

Elizabeth Marlow PHD, C-FNP

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Dr. Marlow has been adjunct faculty in USF's School of Nursing and Health Professions since 2013. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University in 1996 and her PhD in Nursing from UCSF in 2008. In 2010, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA School of Nursing, and her research is grounded in community-based participatory research (CBPR). In 2009 she co-founded and nurtured The Gamble Institute, a CBPR non-profit with a mission to serve formerly incarcerated...

Education:

Post Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, MSN, FNP, Yale University School of Nursing, BA, Art History, Boston University

Susan Penner RN, MN, MPA, DrPH, CNL

Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6681

 Dr. Penner teaches courses in financial management and in program planning, management and evaluation for online and traditional nursing and MPH programs. She has strong interests in community health, health administration and financing, health policy, health education and the design and application of games for health education.

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2806