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Meet Our New Faculty

Lois Coleman, Ph.D.

Dr. Coleman's research focuses on addressing health disparities, with a particular interest in minority populations. She employs mixed methods techniques and draws from socioecological and community-based approaches to understanding health behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Coleman is currently examining subjective preceptions of body size and how those perceptions influence health behaviors and obesity-related morbidity. Prior to joining the department, she managed multiple federally-funded projects aimed at improving child nutrition programs, as well as promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity among school-age children throughout the country.


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Yu Lu, Ph.D.

Dr. Lu's research focus on health disparities, global health, and culturally competent health intervention, primarily in the context of risk behaviors such as substance abuse and relationship violence. She also is interested in research methods particularly in the context of working with diverse cultural groups, including accessing and gaining trust with minority populations and cross-cultural theory and measure adaptation. Her ultimate goal is to provide a theoretical basis for culturally competent, effective health intervention development and implementation, and reduce health disparities. 


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