We All Live Here

To better address what matters most to families facing health disparities, we have to reimagine the way we approach community-based research. That means including participants early and often in the process. Together, we have designed a 5-year cohort study in southeastern Travis County to understand more about the physical, environmental, and emotional health of families facing systemic injustices.

Including the Whole Community 

While scientists and medical professionals have a wealth of knowledge in their specific fields, families are experts in their own experiences. So we are welcoming people who have been historically excluded from research studies to participate and partner with us. We’re building sustainable relationships among community leaders, institutions, and our own Community Strategy Team. This is not a one-time event. Throughout the life of our study, we will continue to work with families and community partners to make adjustments that are responsive to their needs.

Looking at the Whole Picture 

Our researchers are looking at hundreds of variables that affect health, both at the individual and systemic levels. By combining information about a home’s environmental quality with medical health markers, interactive family surveys, and community-level information, we’ll help develop a more holistic picture of health over time. 

Bringing Science Home  

Families can choose to have access to technology that will measure health factors like indoor air quality, sleep habits, mood, or physical activity. Then we’ll share our results in real time through a smartphone app so participants can make informed decisions about their own health. Community partners also will use the data we gather, aggregated and anonymized, to advocate for changes at the city and county level to improve issues affecting the health of the entire community. 

Annual Report

Flip through our interactive FY20 annual report and browse our network map to learn more about the progress we’ve made to date.

 

Community-Centered Research

These smaller projects and pilot studies are moving us toward our mission to rethink the way science and society work together to understand and address health inequities.

Meet the Team

Whole Community–Whole Health brings researchers and advisors together from wide-ranging backgrounds across UT and Central Texas.

Read full bioGigi Awad

Gigi Awad

Associate ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology

My work explores how prejudicial attitudes and ideology affect attitudes towards ethnic minorities generally and within specific domains such as the workplace and higher education.

Read full bioSarah Kate Bearman

Sarah Kate Bearman

Assistant ProfessorEducational Psychology / Psychiatry

I’m a child clinical psychologist, and my research focuses on the implementation and dissemination of effective mental health interventions for traditionally underserved children and families.

Read full bioDarla Castelli

Darla Castelli

ProfessorKinesiology and Health Education

My background is in exercise physiology and pedagogy, and my research focuses on how physiology and metabolism affect cognitive health in children and emerging adults.

Read full bioFrances Champagne

Frances Champagne

ProfessorPsychology

My research explores how life experiences lead to behavioral and neurobiological variation through epigenetic factors, particularly early exposure to stress, toxins, nutrition and social environment.

Read full bioKaren Johnson

Karen Johnson

Associate ProfessorNursing

As a public health nurse, my research experience includes tracking and addressing health and social disparities among adolescents from historically marginalized groups.

Read full bioKerry Kinney

Kerry Kinney

ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering / Population Health

I’m trained as an environmental engineer focusing on human exposure to contaminants in the built environment (homes and schools) and health outcomes such as childhood asthma.

Read full bioKarla Lawson

Karla Lawson

Clinical Assistant ProfessorSurgery and Perioperative Care / Population Health

I am an epidemiologist and clinical scientist with research exploring the prevention and clinical decision-making of child maltreatment, injury surveillance, and best clinical practices.

Read full bioMichael Mackert

Michael Mackert

ProfessorAdvertising & Public Relations / Population Health

My research focuses on using traditional and new digital media to provide effective health communication in areas such as tobacco cessation and opioid overdose prevention.

Read full bioZoltan Nagy

Zoltan Nagy

Assistant ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

As a roboticist and building scientist, I focus on smart buildings and cities, renewable energy systems, and the influence of occupants on energy performance.

Read full bioDavid Schnyer

David Schnyer

ProfessorPsychology / Psychiatry

My background is in clinical neuropsychology, and I specialize in applying multimodal neuroimaging techniques to study normal and impaired cognition, including aging, neurotrauma, and mental illness.

Sean Upshaw

Sean Upshaw

Assistant ProfessorStan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations

My research interest consists of health disparity and communication in the context of visual information and persuasion with emphases on health message design and cultural representation. The primary focus of my research explores and explains what, how and why underserved populations in the United States engage with health messages.  

Gigi Awad

Associate ProfessorEducational Psychology

Brett Baker

Graduate StudentHealth Behavior and Health Education

Nichole Baker

Graduate StudentEducational Psychology

Joshua Barbour

Associate ProfessorCommunication Studies

Sarah Kate Bearman

Assistant ProfessorEducational Psychology

Aprile Benner

Associate ProfessorHuman Development and Family Sciences

Daniel Blomdahl

Graduate Research AssistantCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Dylan Bray

Graduate Research AssistantElectrical and Computer Engineering

Sheri Burson

Graduate Student ResearcherHealth Behavior and Health Education

Shelbey Call

Graduate StudentCommunication Studies

Esther Calzada

ProfessorSteve Hicks School of Social Work

Laura Quinones Camacho

Assistant ProfessorEducational Psychology

Sergio Castellanos

Assistant ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Frances Champagne

ProfessorPsychology

Joshua Chang

Assistant ProfessorNeurology, Population Health

Jacob Cheadle

ProfessorSociology

Hsiao-Yuan Chen

Graduate StudentElectrical and Computer Engineering

Robert Crosnoe

ProfessorSociology

Breanna Deal

Marketing SpecialistCenter for Health Communication

Sarah Deek

Graduate StudentCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Dominique Egger

Graduate Student ResearcherEducational Psychology

Kasey Faust

Assistant ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Hagen Fritz

Graduate StudentCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Bridget Goosby

ProfessorSociology

Sam Gosling

ProfessorPsychology

Megan Gray

Assistant ProfessorPediatrics, Population Health

Emma Hall

Graduate Research AssistantCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Kelly Haragan

Clinical ProfessorSchool of Law

Megan Hebdon

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Nursing

Sharon Horner

ProfessorSchool of Nursing

David Jarma

Graduate StudentCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Karen Johnson

Associate ProfessorNursing

Christine Julien

ProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering

Lynn Katz

ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Priyanka Khante

Graduate Research AssistantElectrical and Computer Engineering

Shahana Khurshid

Research AssociateCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Su Yeong Kim

ProfessorHuman Development and Family Sciences

Kerry Kinney

ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Mary Jo Kirisits

Associate ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Karla Lawson

Clinical Assistant ProfessorSurgery and Perioperative Care

Elma Lorenzo-Blanco

Assistant ProfessorHuman Development and Family Sciences

Nanshu Lu

Associate ProfessorAerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Adrian Luong

Undergraduate StudentHuman Development and Family Sciences

Michael Mackert

ProfessorAdvertising & Public Relations / Population Health

Elizabeth Matsui

ProfessorPediatrics, Population Health

Ashley McDonald

Graduate StudentCommunication Studies

Megan McMahon

Graduate Research AssistantPsychology

Joseph Midura

Data ManagerPsychology

Myriam Mikhelson

Graduate Research AssistantPsychology

Pawel Misztal

Assistant ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Brianna Moore

Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Texas at Houston School of Public Health Epidemiology

Stephanie Morgan

Clinical ProfessorSchool of Nursing

Eric Nordquist

Clinical Associate ProfessorSchool of Information

Atila Novoselac

ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Kingsley Nweye

Graduate Research AssistantCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

David Paydarfar

ProfessorNeurology

Daniel Perez

Social Science/Humanities Research AssociateSchool of Nursing

Kavita Radhakrishnan

Associate ProfessorSchool of Nursing

David Schnyer

ProfessorPsychology / Psychiatry

Lina Sela

Assistant ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Edison Thomaz

Assistant ProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering

Sean Upshaw

Assistant ProfessorStan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations

Carmen Valdez

Associate ProfessorSocial Work, Population Health

Jessica Hughes Wagner

Assistant DirectorCenter for Health Communication

Charles Werth

ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Peter Wu

Postdoctoral FellowPsychology

Dennis Wylie

Research Scientist Center for Biomedical Research Support

Zhanmin Zhang

ProfessorCivil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

Cory Zigler

Associate ProfessorStatistics and Data Science, Women's Health

Maggie Aguas

Home Educator LeadADVANCE

Diana Flores

WIC Community Engagement CoordinatorAustin Public Health

Rebecca Gomez

Parent LiaisonDel Valle ISD

Ellen Gonzalez

Reproductive Justice Birth Worker

Mia Greer

Chief Operating OfficerCommunity Coalition for Health

Barbara Soriano

Parent VolunteerDel Valle ISD

Aidé Sustaita

Parent LiaisonDel Valle ISD

Ashley Trimpey

Substitute TeacherDel Valle Independent School District

Clinton Leysath

Program DirectorWhole Communities–Whole Health

Paloma Gray

Communications CoordinatorWhole Communities–Whole Health

Shirene Garcia

Community Engagement SpecialistWhole Communities–Whole Health

Sarah Smith

Research Study CoordinatorWhole Communities–Whole Health

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