Michael Sesma, PhD, is chief of the Postdoctoral Training Branch in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, where he oversees postdoctoral programs for research training, postdoctoral fellowship, career development programs, as well as the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) and workforce modeling programs.
Program Director - Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity
Kenneth Gibbs, PhD, is a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, where he handles the Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowships for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (F30), Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) and oversees predoctoral T32 biostatistics grants. In addition to serving as the project scientist for the Coordination and Evaluation Center, Gibbs also manages research grants in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, and interacts with trainees through the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program. Gibbs earned a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in immunology from Stanford University, where he also conducted postdoctoral research.
Dr. Abdelmonem A. Afifi, a prominent biostatistician, former dean, and caring mentor, has concerned himself with complex formulas – work that is essential to drawing sound conclusions from research data. But when it comes to Afifi's legacy, the numbers fail to tell the whole story. If skill with the complexities of biostatistics has fueled Afifi's scholarly pursuits, it's his interpersonal and leadership acumen that have served a broader constituency - whether it's the scores of public health students he has mentored or the UCLA School of Public Health, which he led during 15 years as dean. More than a decade later, Afifi finds reward in both the challenging research projects he takes on and in mentoring students. He's been a member of more than 190 doctoral dissertation committees, chairing 29 of them, and former protégés span the globe. "I learn so much from working with these bright young minds," he says. "It's a constant reminder that this was the right path for me."
Heather McCreath is a researcher in the Division of Geriatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Previously, she worked as the associate director for the Multi-Site Studies Coordinating Center at the University of Alabama. Her current research focuses on aging and biomarkers. McCreath has a doctorate and a master’s degree in environmental psychology from Arizona State University.
Professor Wallace is Professor of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research He is Co-PI of the coordinating center for NIA’s Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research, and PI of several projects that provide community-based training on how to use data to advocate for improving access to care for underserved populations in California. He is a leading scholar nationally on aging in communities of color an on immigrant health.
Christina (Tina) Christie, PhD
Dr. Christie's work has three main foci: Applied evaluation research studies, Research on evaluation practice and Theoretical analysis.
Dr. Christie is committed to training educational scholars in mixed-methods, and evaluation and research methods. She is the former Chair of the Theories of Evaluation Division and the Research on Evaluation Division and now serves on the board of the American Evaluation Association (elected) as member at large (2011-2013). She served as a section editor of the American Journal of Evaluation (2004-2009) and serves on the editorial board of Studies in Educational in Evaluation.
Sylvia Hurtado is Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, in the Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change. She is the former Director of the Higher Education Research Institute, which houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). CIRP is the longest-running empirical study of higher education involving data collection on students and faculty. Her numerous publications focus on undergraduate education, student development in college, and diversity in higher education. She is past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and served on the boards of the Higher Learning Commission and initiatives of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Recent national projects include research on how colleges are preparing students to participate in a diverse democracy (U.S. Department of Education), the pathways of underrepresented students’ in scientific research and professional careers (National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation), and student and institutional outcomes of diverse and broad access institutions in higher education (Ford Foundation).
Dr. Dennis is the managing director of the Computing Technologies Research Lab (CTRL) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he also received his PhD. His research interests and current projects focus on clinical and research data collection, Internet-based decision support authoring tools, interactive educational technology, database design and development to support online research systems and community web applications.
Dr. Keith C. Norris is an internationally recognized clinician scientist and health policy leader who has been instrumental in shaping national health policy and clinical practice guidelines in the area of kidney disease. He is a leading health disparities researcher and a powerful advocate for increasing minority biomedical researchers (working from K-12 to junior faculty) and enhancing the research infrastructure of minority institutions. He was the founding PI for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network (RTRN), the only National NIH network dedicated to reducing health disparities. He also served for 7 years as the president of the RCMI Program Directors Association.
Teresa Seeman's research interests focus on the role of socio-cultural factors in health and aging with specific interest in understanding the biological pathways through which these factors influence health and aging. A major focus of her research relates to understanding how aspects of the social environment, particularly social ties, influence health and aging. In addition, she has extensive experience in research operations and has developed and directed data collection and data management systems for a number of multi-site studies.
The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.