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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health adds nine new faculty for 2020-2021 academic year

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health welcomes nine new faculty members, in four different academic departments.

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Monday, October 12, 2020
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The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health welcomes nine new faculty members, in four different academic departments, in time for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Department of Biostatistics

Andrew Holbrook, assistant professor of biostatistics, applies his expertise in Bayesian and computational statistics to public health issues, including geographic spread of viruses and early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Lara Cushing, assistant professor of environmental health sciences, leads research addressing social inequalities in exposure to environmental hazards, and race and class determinants of environmental health disparities.

Pouran D. Faghri, professor of environmental health sciences, is a physician whose work has included identifying psychosocial and environmental risk factors at the workplace, as well as developing and evaluating models for integrating health promotion with workplace injury prevention.

Miriam Marlier, assistant professor of environmental health sciences, examines the interactions between environmental change and public health using remote sensing data.

Kirsten Schwarz, associate professor of environmental health sciences and urban planning, is an urban ecologist working at the interface of the environment, equity, and health.

Department of Epidemiology

Paul Dluzniewski, assistant professor of epidemiology, focuses on the role of epidemiology in drug development. His research addresses the development and use of therapies for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, including atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and heart failure.

Matthew Mimiaga, professor of epidemiology, conducts cohort studies and randomized controlled trials of biobehavioral interventions for HIV prevention, substance abuse and mental health problems, and global public health.

Department of Health Policy and Management

Daniel Eisenberg, professor of health policy and management, conducts research into how to invest effectively and efficiently in the mental health of young people. He serves as principal investigator on the national “Healthy Minds Study” of college students.

Xi Zhu, associate professor of health policy and management, studies micro and macro organizational behaviors in health care delivery systems, including the structures, strategies, and change processes in health care teams and organizations.


The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, founded in 1961, is dedicated to enhancing the public's health by conducting innovative research, training future leaders and health professionals from diverse backgrounds, translating research into policy and practice, and serving our local communities and the communities of the nation and the world. The school has 690 students from 25 nations engaged in carrying out the vision of building healthy futures in greater Los Angeles, California, the nation and the world.