School of Public Health at Loma Linda University

Daniel Handysides, DrPH, MPH, CHES, CHG

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Daniel Handysides has a passion for public health. At Andrews University located in Michigan he, obtained a Bs in Zoology. It was at Andrews that he met his beautiful wife, Sandra. After Andrews University, Daniel spent 12 months living and working with the Miskito Indians, in the rainforests of North Eastern Nicaragua. Returning to the U.S.A. he completed both a MPH in Environmental Public Health, and a DrPH in Health Education at Loma Linda University. He spent two years teach and researching in the United Arab Emirates. During this time he revamped and released the "Breathe Free 2" smoking cessation program. Currently he is an assistant professor for the School of Public Health  He has a passion for helping the under served and disadvantaged. Dr. Handysides research interests include perceptions and their role in high-risk behaviors, adolescent populations, addictive behaviors.  

Pramil N. Singh, DrPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director, Center for Health Research
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Dr. Singh was born in New Zealand and completed his undergraduate work at University of California, Los Angeles and doctoral training in epidemiology at Loma Linda University. During the past decade, his research has focused on the study and measurement of lifestyle exposures (diet, tobacco, physical activity) in population-based studies in the U.S. and Asia. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been a PI or co-I on grants from the NIH, DHHS, and ASPH. At Loma Linda University, he holds a joint faculty appointment in Epidemiology and Global Health.

Karl J. McCleary, PhD, MPH

Professor and Executive Director, Center for Leadership in Health Systems
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Karl J. McCleary currently serves as Executive Director at the Center for Leadership in Health Systems at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda, California. His prior professional experiences include academia, scientific leadership and national health policy experience at the nation’s transplant network. His other interests and experiences include health systems management; health policy; transformation and strategic change; innovation; systems thinking and redesign; and population health. Dr. McCleary received his PhD in administration-health services with specialization in organizational studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jerry Lee, PhD

Professor and Interim Chair of Health Promotion and Education
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Dr. Lee is a professor and interim Chair of Health Promotion and Education at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He received a PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since joining the HPRO faculty, he has served as Director of the School of Public Health Computer Center, and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Education. He has engaged in wide-ranging research consultation, served on or chaired more than 90 doctoral dissertation committees, and been an author on over 90 published papers, more than 80 of which are in refereed journals.

Ernie Medina, Jr., DrPH, CHFS

Assistant Professor and Executive Director
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Ernie Medina, Jr. earned a masters and doctorate in public health from Loma Linda University in 1993. From 1993 to 2014, Dr. Medina specialized in lifestyle at Beaver Medical Group, in Redlands, CA. Since January 2014, he came back to Loma Linda University as an Assistant Professor and interim Executive Director of the newly formed Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyles, and Disease Prevention. Nicknamed the "Physical Activity Evangelist" for his promotion of physical activity events for over 25 years, he’s especially interested in utilizing technology to increase physical activity.

Samuel Soret

Associate Professor and Executive Director, Center for Community Resilience
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Dr. Soret combines expertise as an environmental health scientist and medical geographer. His research interests include the health effects of air pollution, environmental nutrition at it relates to dietary patterns and climate change. As a medical geographer he has focused on the application of geospatial technologies and methods for enhancing public health science and policy. He has studied geographic disparities in access to renal transplantation and has just completed research on the characterization of organ donor potential in the United States. Dr. Soret is currently pursuing translational, community-oriented practice and research agendas at the SPH.
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