Dr. Anup Amatya
Office: CHSS 313
Biography: I received a PhD degree in Biostatistics from University of Illinois at Chicago in May, 2011. I teach undergraduate and graduate biostatistics courses. Before joining NMSU I have served as junior statistician in various research projects at University of Illinois at Chicago. My research interest is in the application of biostatistical methods in pharmaco-epidemiology and biomedical field. My current research focuses on meta-analysis of sparse binary data and sample size determination in hierarchical non-linear models.
Dr. Susan Cardenas
College Associate Professor/Director of the SWAG Program
Biography: Dr. Cardenas has been a faculty member of the Department of Public Health Sciences since 1996—having served as both college and adjunct faculty over the years. Her areas of interest include sexuality education for children and youth, women’s health, maternal and child health, and curriculum and program planning, evaluation, and grant writing. She is a past recipient of the NMSU Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Health and Social Services—Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Cardenas has worked extensively in public health in southern New Mexico for years, and received a scholarship to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “New Connections” symposium. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate course for our Department, Dr. Cardenas currently serves as Program Manager of the Success with Adolescent Goals (SWAG) Program—a sexuality education/service learning/mentoring initiative that is a collaborative research effort between the NMSU Department of Public Health Sciences and the New Mexico Department of Health—focusing on the overall goal of teen pregnancy reduction in seven New Mexico counties.
PhD: Higher Education Administration, NMSU; 2006
Dr. Sue Forster-Cox
Associate Professor/On-Line Coordinator
Office: CHSS 327
Biography: Sue Forster-Cox, PhD, MPH, MCHES, is an Associate Professor in the Department. She teaches Rural Health Issues, US/Mexico Border Health Issues, Foundations of Public Health Education, and oversees the Field Experience for all students. She is the Coordinator of the Online program, Graduate program (interim), and two Peace Corps programs: Paul C. Coverdell Fellows and Master’s International. Her community-based service/research interests include training community members in basic public health concepts. She has HRSA grants, with University of New Mexico MPH colleagues: developing and teaching an online Maternal and Child Health public health certificate program and partnering with Region 6 Public Health Training Center, Tulane. In 2014 Dr. Forster-Cox was appointed by President Obama to serve on the US/Mexico Border Health Commission, US Section. She serves as Co-President of the New Mexico Public Health Association.
PhD: Health Promotion, University of New Mexico, 1995
Dr. Joseph Gladstone
Office: CHSS 315
Biography: Dr. Gladstone’s specialty is public health administration. He joined the faculty in Fall, 2012.
Ms. Francoise Grossman
College Assistant Professor
Biography: Ms. Grossman lives in Louisiana and teaches on-line for the Department. She specializes in human sexuality, women’s health and public health issues.
Dr. Charles Kozel
Office: CHSS 307
Biography: Chuck Kozel, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Associate Professor. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including, Methods of Community Health Education, Coping with Loss and Grief: A Cross Cultural perspective, Human Sexuality, Health Program Planning, Techniques of Health Communication/Education and numerous gerontology courses. He serves as coordinator of the Gerontology Program, and as a member on the university faculty senate. His research interests include innovative health promotion advocacy, leadership and policy development, U.S.-Mexico border health, and healthy aging. He serves on the national SOPHE 2011-2013 Board of Trustees, Trustee for Professional Preparation, and on the Mesilla Valley Hospice Board of Directors. His current research focus is on Health Promotion Agenda-Setting for health promotion advocacy, leadership and policy development for healthier borders.
Dr. Cindy Kratzke
Office: CHSS 323
Biography: Cindy Kratzke, PhD, CHES, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She brings over 15 years of leadership experience in healthcare management and healthcare education. Her research areas are cancer prevention and control including minority community health workers and mammography use, mobile technology use, and mother-daughter communication. She has presented her research at nearly 50 conferences including international and national cancer conferences. She has published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Community Health and Journal of Cancer Education. She is appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to the statewide Community Health Workers Advisory Council. She is on the Board of Directors of Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), a national organization to reduce the burden of cancer through education. Dr. Kratzke received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research.
PhD: Health Services Research, Old Dominion University, 2005.
Dr. Jill McDonald
Professor of Public Health Sciences; Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research, Director of the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research
Office: CHSS 335/202A
Dr. Rebecca Palacios
Office: CHSS 301
Biography: Dr. Palacios’ has a Doctoral degree in Health Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso and is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Science at New Mexico State University. Prior to this she served as Director of Research at Border Research Solutions, a private research company. In this capacity she directed various applied research studies in community health along the U.S./Mexico border, including health needs assessments examining prevalence of overweight and diabetes in adults and children (Pan American Health Organization, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center), the health and functional status of the aging population (UTEP, Texas Tech), service needs of the HIV/AIDS population (Planned Parenthood Administrative Offices), and rural/colonia health (New Mexico Department of Health, UTEP). Dr. Palacios has also conducted program evaluations for a variety of health programs targeting substance and alcohol abuse prevention (BASICS, UTEP; Project ALERT, UTEP; Family Drug Court, 65th District Court), teen pregnancy prevention (Worth the Wait and CHOICES Two Should Know, El Paso City Department of Public Health), and other health education programs. Dr. Palacios has authored over 34 publications, including published articles, peer reviewed abstracts and technical reports. Dr. Palacios has 9 publications in peer reviewed journals related to stress, motivation, Alzheimer’s disease, risk behaviors in college students, and geriatric health. Her current research examines the relation of motivational systems to disease precursors for hypertension and diabetes, including obesity-related risk factors (e.g., unhealthy diet and physical inactivity), family history of hypertension, and stress. Dr. Palacios is currently working on validating two new research instruments that assess motivation for physical activity and healthy eating. As a native to the border region, Dr. Palacios is dedicated to promoting health related research on the Mexican American population.
PhD: University of Texas El Paso, 2005
Dr. Satya Rao
Professor and Graduate Certificate of Public Health Coordinator
Office: CHSS 303K
Biography: Dr. Rao’s areas of research and service interests include violence, substance use and abuse, mental health issues such as suicide and suicide ideation among racial and ethnic minority communities.
PhD: Texas Women’s University, 1994
Dr. Susan Wilson
Office: CHSS 303D
Biography: Prior to her arrival at NMSU in 2007, she served as Hawkins County Program Director, Rural and Community Health and Community Partnerships program (the programmatic winner of the prestigious National Rural Health Association’s Outstanding Rural Health Program Award for 2007) and on the faculty of the Department of Public Health at East Tennessee State University. Previous positions include serving on the faculty at Southwestern Medical School and UTMB-Galveston medical school; as Staff Consultant for the Texas Senate; and Director of Research and Data Management for one of the largest Health Systems Agencies in the nation covering 16 counties in north-central Texas. Dr. Wilson has conducted international research and service projects in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. Professional specialties include social determinants of health, health administration and policy, rural health, health disparities, preparedness & response, and international health.
PhD: Southern Methodist University, 1982