Meet the Team
Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, Ed.D., M.S.
Loction: Gillet Hall, Room 417B
Marilyn Aguirre-Molina is a professor of public health at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She teaches in the M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the founding director of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity, and the deputy executive of the Office of Health Sciences Doctoral Programs. She joined CUNY after several years as professor of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, she served as the executive vice president of the California Endowment and as a senior program officer at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Preceding her philanthropic work, she was an associate professor in the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Environmental and Community Medicine. In this capacity she taught within the M.D./M.P.H. program and engaged in applied community-based public health research that focused on ethnic/racial communities.
Aguirre-Molina is a native New Yorker. She received a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in health sciences from Hunter College. In addition, she received an academic tuition scholarship to attend Columbia University where she received a Master of Science degree in Community Public Health and a Doctorate in Health Education and Administration.
Daniel A. Lopez
Daniel Adan Lopez has a background in minority health and public health management. He holds a master’s degree in Latin American studies from Stanford University, and a master’s in public health from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. He is currently applying for a doctorate program in public health, where his research focus will be addressing mental health and substance abuse issues in minority population. Along with his position at the CUNY Institute for Health Equity, Lopez has worked at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine since 2010 as a Study Coordinator. While there he has worked extensively with the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos, a large cohort study examining health problems in the Hispanic population. He was also the Study Coordinator for the Sueño Sleep Study, and for the SOLNAS study, which examined nutritional intake using biomarkers. Lopez has also done research work on public health projects with New York University, Brooklyn College, and the Clinton Foundation. As part of Lopez's role at CIHE, he works collaboratively with the team to prepare grant applications, manuscripts, and various proposals. More specifically, he oversees daily research activities around the team writing process, conducting literature review, as well as identifying key contributors and researchers in the field of study.
Devin A. Heyward is a fifth year student in the Critical Social-Personality Psychology Doctoral Program at the Graduate Center CUNY. Her research interests include how racial/ethnic identities inform sexual risk-taking behaviors in long-term relationships and the development of racial/ethnic identity over the life span. Using a mixed methods analysis, Heyward's Master’s thesis analyzed perceptions of HIV risk amongst college-going women in long-term relationships and how feelings of belongingness to one’s racial group influenced those connections. The project is currently being expanded for publication with Heyward's adviser Tamara R. Buckley, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Kelvin, Ph.D., of the CUNY School of Public Health. For her second Doctoral Exam, Heyward is studying racial categories and how they are ingrained in the (inter)national consciousness and within social psychology. With the advent of new genetic technology, the concept of “race” can be interrogated in a deeper manner and may also provide an opportunity to understand how and why individuals seek out information regarding the unknown.
Devin has had a long and varied history with CUNY, starting with her graduation from Hunter College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in psychology. Previously, she worked at the Creative Arts Team (CUNY), as program coordinator for Project CHANGE, a five year long HIV/AIDS outreach program based in Central Brooklyn and Southeast Queens. Additionally, she has taught at the City College of New York since August 2011. While there, she has taught Psych 247: Social Psychology; Psych 347: The Social Psychology of Racism and Prejudice; and Psych 364: Psychology and the Black Experience. Heyward has also taught Psych 335: Health Psychology at Lehman College (CUNY) and “Teaching Diverse Learners,” a Master’s level course at SUNY Empire State College. As program coordinator at the CUNY Institute for Health Equity, Heyward hopes to further develop the work of the Women’s Health Initiative and to foster the work of CIHE interns in the coming years.
Albert Greene is the Administrative Coordinator at CIHE. Recently, he completed the health record specialist certification through the National Healthcare Association. Mr. Greene is a skilled organizer with ten years of experience in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. In his role as executive director of Junior Entrepreneurs, he was responsible for the overall management and implementation of the summer business venture. In addition, he has extensive experience in community relations. He developed, coordinated, and implemented activities for multiple groups within the Inner City Youth organization.
In his role as adminstrative coordinator for CIHE, he assists the executive director, project director, and project coordinator with the extensive internship program and financial oversight, serve as board liaison , and management of office operations. Also, Mr. Greene is responsible for maintaining the institute's website and developing the social media presence.
Andrew Maroko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Location: Gillet Hall, Room 325
Professor Andrew Maroko's research interest in health geographics centers on the spatial analysis of environmental health and equity issues. He received his Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences, with a specialty in geography/GISc, from the CUNY Graduate Center. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Rutgers College. He now teaches in Lehman College's Department of Health Sciences /M.P.H. program, which is a consortial member of the CUNY School of Public Health. Professor Maroko is the associate director of the Urban GISc Lab at Lehman and is also active with the Research Core of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity. He writes about environmental justice, exposure assessment, pollution modeling, geo-statistical analyses, computational geography, urban health geographics, accessibility, and geovisualization.
Juan DelaCruz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Buisness
Loation: Carman Hall, Room 379
Professor Juan J. DelaCruz earned his undergraduate degree in international relations from the National Autonomous of Mexico University.and his Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research. In addition to teaching at Lehman, he holds a faculty appointment the CUNY Graduate Center's M.P.H. program. His research focuses on health economics, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS and its effects on human capital. Professor DelaCruz's latest research is on the effects of incarceration on HIV rates among Hispanics and African-Americans in New York. His research is transitioning toward the use of micro-data and community-based research to address health inequalities for minorities living in New York City.
Peter Arno, Ph.D.
Peter S. Arno, Ph.D., is a health economist and has recently joined the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was Professor of Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College (NYMC; 2007-2013) and the founding director of the doctoral program in Health Policy and Management (2008-13) and the Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy at NYMC (2011-13). Before coming to NYMC, Dr. Arno was the director of the Division of Public Health and Policy Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center (1988-2007), and has had a distinguished career in health policy and health services research. He received his doctorate in economics at the New School for Social Research and was a Pew Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco; a scholar of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and a recipient of the Investigator Award in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His book Against the Odds: The Story of AIDS Drug Development, Politics & Profits (New York: HarperCollins) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Dr. Arno’s recent work includes studies on food insecurity and the elderly; economics of informal caregiving and long-term care; social and geographic determinants of obesity; regulation and pricing practices of the pharmaceutical industry and the impact of income support policies such as Social Security and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on population health and health disparities. Dr. Arno has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate committees on areas related to his research.
Ernesto Vasquez de Aguila, PhD
Dr. Vasquez del Aguila is an anthropologist with experience in Masculinity, Sexuality, Global Health, and Migration. He has published on sexual and reproductive health; sexuality; equality; and masculinity. His latest book is entitled “Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration” (Routledge 2014). In 2009, he received the Award for Excellence in Global Health, from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. He earned his PhD in medical anthropology from Columbia University, New York City.
Justin Brown, M.A.
Justin T. Brown, PhD(c), MPhil, MA
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Phone: 718-349-4094, voicemail box: 3501
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Professor Justin T. Brown earned a Master’s of Arts and Master’s of philosophy in critical social-personality psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is currently preparing to defend his doctoral dissertation in the same program of study with an emphasis on health. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Indianapolis with a dual major in psychology and Spanish along with a minor in biology. Professor Brown is a new assistant professor at LaGuardia Community College in Health Sciences where his primary teaching load centers on courses in public health. Professor Brown’s background is in program development and intervention evaluation. His research focuses on addressing health inequities among GLBT, ethnic minority, and youth populations through asset-based approaches. Currently, his dissertation is focused on investigating the implications of the Positive Youth Development (PYD) model on GLBT youth of color. Furthermore, Professor Brown is exploring the potential utility of asset-based models, in lieu of traditional deficit-based approaches used to address population-based health concerns. Prior to his appointment at LaGuardia Community College, Professor. Brown worked as the executive research associate and program director at the (CIHE).