September 5, 2008
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New faculty join SPH
Six new faculty members joined the School of Public Health this summer to support its growing programs and research. Among the additions are four senior members who will serve in administrative and teaching roles. Along with experience, the new faculty members bring strong existing research that will support the UNT Health Science Center’s research areas, especially with regard to the reduction of health disparities among minority groups.

Elena B. Bastida, Ph.D.

Elena B. Bastida, PhD, associate dean for research, and professor and interim chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Prior to joining the UNT Health Science Center, Dr. Bastida was professor and former chair of sociology at the University of Texas Pan American at Edinburg, Texas, where she led its National Institutes of Health SCORE Program and its Center on Aging and Health. She has recently received a $2.3 million grant from the National Center for Health Disparities and Minority Health to reduce the prevalence of diabetes among Hispanics in the Texas border region.  She also has held teaching and research positions at Wichita State University at Wichita, Kan., the University of Kansas at Lawrence, the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kan. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Kansas at Lawrence.


Christine A. Moranetz, Ph.D.

Christine A. Moranetz, PhD, associate dean for curricular enhancement and associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Moranetz comes to the Health Science Center from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, in Kansas City and Wichita, Kan., where she served as adjunct associate professor of family medicine and preventive medicine and public health, and director of special projects.  She also served on the university’s advisory board for the Community Health Project – a public health internship program for health professions students -- and co-directed an HIV/AIDS prevention program. She earned her PhD in education/exercise physiology and nutrition from the University of Kansas at Lawrence.


David A. Sterling, Ph.D.

David A. Sterling, PhD, chair of Environmental and Occupation Health and professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
As professor and division director of Environmental and Occupational Health at Saint Louis University School of Public Health in St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Sterling earned a reputation as a principal investigator on projects related to air quality and disease.  He also served as co-investigator of the Centers for Disease Control-funded Controlling Asthma in American Cities project in St. Louis, a $4.5 million investigation of asthma prevention in St. Louis children.   In addition, Dr. Sterling is a lead investigator studying the effects of lead mining on the health of residents in Peru’s mountainous regions. 


Carlos Reyes-Ortiz, M.D., Ph.D.

Carlos Reyes-Ortiz, MD, PhD, associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Reyes-Ortiz served as researcher at the Sealy Center on Aging and as assistant professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Prior to that he was assistant professor of Family Medicine at Valle University in Cali, Colombia, and served as geriatrician and physician in various locations in Columbia. Dr. Reyes-Ortiz earned his MD from Valle University at Cali, Colombia, and his PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Subhash Aryal, PhD

Subhash Aryal, PhD, assistant professor of Biostatistics
Dr. Aryal has served as instructor and research assistant of Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also earned his PhD in Biostatistics.  At the conclusion of his studies, he was selected as the outstanding student in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Illinois School of Public Health.



Hsueh-Fen Chen, Ph.D.

Hsueh-Fen Chen, PhD, assistant professor of Health Management and Policy
Dr. Chen comes to UNT Health Science Center after serving as an instructor and research assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., where she earned her PhD in health administration. Her research focused on how hospital finances affect quality of care. UNTHSC logo



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