HPRI Steering Committee Members


Mary Becerra

Mary Becerra

Director, WoMen's Center, Division of Student Affairs

Mary Becerra is the director of the WoMen's Center at Cal State Fullerton. The center is dedicated to issues of gender equity on campus and the surrounding community. Mary is an experienced presenter, trainer, and advisor on issues related to population-level safety, wellness, and alcohol and drug risk reduction. She has worked with the campus community on the development of policies, protocols, and operating practices that promote healthy decision making and harm reduction among students. She collaborates with on and off campus departments and agencies, especially those dedicated to decreasing violence against women. She has assisted in the development of bystander intervention programs among CSUF students, as well as suicide prevention programs and training faculty and staff.


Jessie Jones

Jessie Jones, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Development

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Dr. Jessie Jones is the Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Development, Director of the Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center, and past Director for both the Center for Successful Aging and the Ruby Gerontology Center at Cal State Fullerton. Her research focuses on community health needs of older adults and integrative approaches to the promotion of health and management of chronic pain, especially among people with fibromyalgia. She has served as PI or Co-PI on several extramurally funded studies and educational projects. Most recently she is PI of the FAME Project: Fibromyalgia Assessment, Management, and Education.


Daniela Rubin

Daniela Rubin, Ph.D.

Department of Kinesiology

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Dr. Daniela Rubin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. She obtained her Teaching Degree in Physical Education in her home-country Argentina, graduating with honors in 1996. She graduated at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science in the Specialization of Exercise Physiology in 2001, and with a PhD in Human Movement Sciences in 2005. She was involved as a co-investigator in an NIH-funded multi-site center diabetes prevention trial in the middle schools working with physical activity and behavior. She has been involved in the planning and/or evaluation of two different community physical activity interventions for youth:  Payoff in North Carolina and Active Kids in California. In addition, she has collaborated in several projects evaluating endurance exercise performance in relation to the endocrine system while at UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently she is the principal investigator for California State University Fullerton in a project funded through the Medical Research Programs of the Department of Defense investigating the Exercise Aspect of Prader Willi Syndrome and Childhood Obesity (2008-2010). She is also collaborating with a physician–directed program for overweight youth in Santa Ana, CA Powerplay MD.  She is interested in the role of exercise not only in the treatment but also in the prevention of diabetes mellitus type II, and the inflammatory state that is linked with obesity and musculoskeletal overuse.


Kristin Stang

Kristin Stang, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Special Education

Kristin Stang is a professor of Special Education at California State University, Fullerton and recently finished her 11th year. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Communication Disorders with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities. Dr. Stang’s current research interests include teacher preparation, special education at the middle and secondary level, and faculty support for online and hybrid instruction. She has published 19 peer-reviewed articles, an edited book, and multiple editorials and book reviews while actively presenting at international and national conferences.

Dr. Stang currently serves as the primary investigator/project director on a $1.5 million federal program improvement grant. She is a member of professional advisory and editorial boards and conference planning committees, and she has served the CSUF community in many campus roles including multiple terms on the Academic Senate, Faculty Development Center, and Information Technology committees. In addition, she has served as coordinator of the Accessible Technology Initiative, director of the Academic Technology Center, co-chair of the Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative and interim director of Academic Technology.

Dr. Stang received campus recognition for teaching, service, and scholarly and creative activities and recently was awarded the CSUF College of Education’s Emma E. Holmes Faculty Fellowship to continue engaged scholarship with a local school district during spring 2015.


Sora Tanjasiri

Sora Park Tanjasiri, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Department of Health Science

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Dr. Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Health Science and Director of the Health Promotion Research Institute. Her research focuses on the community health needs of diverse populations, particularly Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Her scholarship applies community-based participatory research principles and techniques to understanding and addressing cancer health disparities, include tobacco prevention, cancer early detection and survivorship. She has served as PI or Co-PI on more than a dozen extramurally funded cancer-related studies of AAPIs, including Principal Investigator of the five year, NCI-funded U01 Community Network Program called WINCART: Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training.


Marcelo Tomalsky

Marcelo Tolmasky, Ph.D.

Department of Biology

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Dr. Marcelo Tolmasky is a professor in the Department of Biological Science at Cal State Fullerton. His main research interest is in antibiotic resistance. His publication record includes basic as well as applied work (http://biology.fullerton.edu/mtolmasky/publicationsMT.html).  He is a co-editor of the book Enzyme-Mediated Resistance to Antibiotics: Mechanisms, Dissemination, and Prospects for Inhibition published by the American Society for Microbiology.  Professor Tolmasky is also director of the Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies at CSUF, academic visitor at the University of Oxford, UK, corresponding investigator at Fundación Instituto Leloir, Argentina and academic affiliate to the Center for Microbial Sciences, San Diego State University.  


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