2022 Symposium

HDR Annual Symposium 2022 (Virtual)

Addressing health disparities, environmental justice, and moving towards health equity

This research symposium will be an opportunity for UCR campus community researchers and community members to learn about the center, our mission, and current research that is taking place.


Keynote speakers:

Keynote Speakers 2022

Carrie Breton Sc.D  and Gabriel Maldonado, MBA

Carrie Breton is an associate professor of Preventative Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. She is an environmental epidemiologist, and leads an interdisciplinary program of research focused on understanding the long-term health risks for cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases. She directs the Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center and the USC site for the Environmental Influences of Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, both of which are housed in the Environmental Health Division in the Department of Preventive Medicine. 

Gabriel Maldonado is the Founder and CEO of TruEvolution — a social justice and community health organization advancing the quality of life and human dignity of LGBTQ people based in Riverside, California. As a former member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under President Obama, Gabriel works to elevate the representation of minority community-based organizations in state and federal policy priorities. In addition to his work at TruEvolution, Gabriel continues his advocacy serving on regional boards, such as Borrego Community Health Foundation and global organizations such as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Symposium tentative schedule

Please note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change. 
Downloadable symposium program 

Thursday February 24, 2022


Dean Welcome
Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H, SOM Dean

12:40-1:00pm Welcome and Introduction from the Co-Directors
David Lo, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research, SOM
Juliet McMullin, Ph.D., Professor, Anthropology
Keynote Speaker Presentation:
Investigating the Interplay Between Environmental and Social Stressors on Material and Child Health
Carrie Breton Sc.D, University of Southern California 
2:00-2:10pm BREAK













FIRST, Clinical and CFF Awards

Healing the Academy: Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among Underrepresented Graduate Students
Evelyn Vazquez, Ph.D., Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health

Financial/Legal Disparities Among Southern California Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors
Deborah Lefkowitz, Ph.D., School of Public Policy

A Tele-Health Model of Screening for Autism in Under-Resourced Communities: Closing the Gap in Access
Katherine Stavropoulos, Ph.D., Graduate School of Education

Field Testing to Determine Best Practices for Community-Accessible Remediation of Soil Contamination to Reduce 
Metal Exposures

Danielle Stevenson, Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Toxicology

The Role of Ethnic Discrimination on the Development of Anxious Hypervigilance in Latinx Youth 
Kalina Michalska, Ph.D., Psychology 

Effects on Mental Health of News Media Coverage of Police Violence against Black Women
Allison Monterrosa, Ph.D., California State University, San Marcos

Q&A Session (10 minutes)

3:10-3:15pm BREAK












A) Research Updates - 5 year, R01 Projects

Childhood Asthma and Salton Sea
David Lo, M.D., Ph.D., School of Medicine

Childhood Obesity
Ann Cheney, Ph.D., Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health
Alison Tovar, Ph.D., Brown University

B) Shifting IRWGs to PIC Awards - Stories on how to move to the next level

Contextualizing Latinx Children’s Developing  Psychopathology: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Sociocultural and Psychological Processes Contributing to Health Disparities in Anxiety
Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., Psychology

How We Heal: Structural Racism in Health Care
Moazzum Bajwa, M.D., Department of Family Medicine

Q&A Session

4:20-5:20 pm

Workshop:  Better Understanding Racism Through an Interrogation of Racial Classification in Research and Practice

  • Yolanda Moses ,Ph.D., Anthropology
  • Bruce Link, Ph.D., Public Policy, and Sociology
  • Taylor Hargrove, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at  Chapel Hill
5:20-5:30pm BREAK
Keynote Speaker Presentation:
Coming Over the Rainbow: Stigma & Tools of Resilience
Gabriel Maldonado, MBA, Founder and CEO, TruEvolution

Friday February 25, 2022

11:00-11:10am Welcome from the Co-Directors
David Lo, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research, SOM
Juliet McMullin, Ph.D., Professor, Anthropology

Publishing Health Disparities Research | Featuring editors from:

  • Farzana Kapadia, Deputy Editor for the American Journal  of Public Health
  • Bettina Beech, Associate Editor for the Journal Ethnicity 
  • Catherine Panter, Senior Editor, Social Science & Medicine
12:30-1:00pm BREAK

COVID Research in the Inland Empire
Jenna LeComte-Hinely, Ph.D., HARC











COVID-19, Advances and Challenges: HDR projects


A Solution to Halt Further Isolation of People Aging with HIV During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jeff Taylor, HIV+Aging Research Project-Palm Springs
Christopher Christensen, HIV+Aging Research Project-Palm Springs
Community Spread and Dynamics of the COVID-19 in Southern California: Effects of Human Mobility and Access
to Testing and Care

Ran Wei, Ph.D., School of Public Policy
Yuija Zhang, Ph.D., Center for Geospatial Sciences
Correlates of Child and Parent Health and Well-Being during COVID-19 in the Inland Empire 
Jan Blacher, Ph.D.  Graduate School of Education



  • Michelle Burroughs, M.P.H., Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health
  • Ann Cheney, Ph.D., Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health
  • Juliet McMullin, Ph.D., Anthropology
  • Maria Conchita Pozar, Center for Health Disparities
  • Ashley Moran, Student Researcher, Center for Health Disparities
  • Evelyn Vazquez, Ph.D., Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health
  • Sherri Salgado, Riverside/San Bernardino Indian Health, Inc.
  • Regina Stell, Ph.D., NAACP Riverside Branch
2:40-3:00pm      Closing Remarks
Bruce Link, Ph.D., Public Policy, and Sociology
          3:00-3:10pm Center Closing 
David Lo, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research, SOM