Santa Maria, Diane

Diane M. Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, APHN-BC
Co-InvestigatorDSantaMaria

Dr. Santa Maria is an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Nursing and adjunct faculty at the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on parent-based adolescent sexual health and HIV and drug prevention in homeless youth.

Johnson, Kimberly

Kimberly Johnson, DrPH
Co-Investigator

Dr. Johnson is a faculty associate in the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at The University of Texas School of Public Health. She has extensive experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative studies, and collaborating with school district and local school-level personnel to implement school-based studies. Kim has served as project coordinator for multiple school-based studies, including a study to disseminate It’s Your Game… Keep It Real to middle schools in the Houston Independent School District. She also has experience in community engagement, specifically among disadvantaged youth.

Hernandez, Belinda

Belinda F. Hernandez, PhD
Co-Investigator

Dr. Hernandez is an assistant professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences for The University of Texas School of Public Health’s San Antonio campus. She has extensive research experience with adolescents, minority populations, intervention development, evaluation and dissemination. She works closely with Texas school districts to help them adopt and implement evidence-based sexual health programs. She has also worked with the state and San Antonio health departments to evaluate their current teen pregnancy prevention efforts. Recently, Dr. Hernandez expanded her research to military-dependent youth and their families. She led a pilot project that examined the association between risky sexual behaviors and military stressors – one of the first projects to study in depth the sexual behaviors of military-dependent youth.

Shegog, Ross

Ross Shegog, PhD
Ross Shegog, PhDAssociate Director, Communication and Dissemination

Dr. Shegog is an associate professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas School of Public Health and an adjunct professor with The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics. He oversees the UTPRC’s communication strategy.

Peskin, Melissa

Dr. Peskin is the principal investigator for the UTPRC’s core research project on mobilizing community partnerships for effective sexual health education in middle school. She is also an assistant professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology at The University of Texas School of Public Health.