Esther Chang, PhD, MPH, MS

Esther Chang, PhD, MPH, MS

Esther’s overall research goal is to improve health and elevate the quality of life in the population. Her first research goal is to decrease head and neck cancer incidence by identifying the risk factors in Nepal. Second, Esther focuses on improving health outcomes among ovarian cancer survivors by evaluating the incidence of several diseases compared with the general population and identifying the potential factors contributed to those high incident diseases. Last, Esther aims to identify improve fertility and birth outcome by estimating the early environmental exposure during preconception.

Research Interests:Cancer epidemiology, head and neck cancer, ovarian cancer, cancer survivors, reproductive epidemiology, ovulation, fertility

Robert Kagabo, MPH, PhD, MSW

Motivated by his interest to improve the health of under-served populations in the United States and overseas, Robert is engaged in projects that recognize substance abuse and mental health as greater public health concerns. His current research interests include promoting smoking cessation among vulnerable populations and psychiatric inpatients with substance use problems including opioid misuse.

During his many years of working in inpatient psychiatry facilities, Robert observed many children and adults readmitted shortly after discharge and this initiated his interest to investigate possible predictors of readmission. He is hopeful that identifying such predictors can assist in the development and implementation of interventions to improve community health issues regarding psychiatric illness and substance abuse among vulnerable populations.

In addition to his smoking cessation work in the US, he works in refugee camps in the West Nile region of Uganda in East Africa. His work in the refugee camps is focused on improving community health, and treatment of mental health and substance use among the refugee and surrounding non-refugee populations. Robert’s approach is guided by principles of community-based participatory research.
Shahpar Najmabadi

Shahpar Najmabadi