Associate Dean

Dr. Erin 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...

  • 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

Program Director

Cowell 425

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.

  • 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...
  • Women's health
  • Biodemography
  • Chronic and toxic stress

Part-Time Faculty

Mehgan Sierra (she/her) graduated San Francisco State University with her undergraduate degree in Latino and Sexual Studies. During undergrad, she was involved in the mental health and primary care setting by volunteering at San Francisco Suicide Prevention and Clinical Martin-Baro.

After finishing undergrad, Mehgan began her career at Edgewood Center for Children and Families, a mental health non-profit organization. She worked in an array of roles and continued to grow in this area from a...

  • University of San Francisco, MPH and MS in Behavioral Health, 2018
  • San Francisco State University, BA in Latino Studies and Sexuality Studies, 2012
  • Suicide prevention
  • Crisis de-escalation
  • Dance