F. King Alexander was named the sixth president of California State University, Long Beach in February, 2006. Prior to coming to CSULB he served as president of Murray State University in Kentucky for five years. Dr. Alexander received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 where he was honored with the School of Education's Distinguished Alumni Award. He is recognized as an expert in higher education finance and public policy
F. King Alexander, Ph.D. CSULB President, Principal Investigator, CSULB RIMI Project
Dr. C. Kevin Malotte is the newly appointed Archstone Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Health Care Innovation. He was previously Professor of Health Science and Director of the Community Health and Social Epidemiology (CHASE) Programs at CSULB. He is currently the principal investigator on two CDC-funded studies, one an STD prevention study, and one working with volunteer community health leaders designed to examine factors that keep these volunteers productive and satisfied with their roles. He holds a BA in psychology from Chapman College, an MA in social psychology from Claremont Graduate School, and an MPH and DrPH from the UCLA School of Public Health.
Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis is a Professor of Health Sciences and the Director of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training. She has directed several Latino health-related projects , and worked as evaluator on several NCLR based projects. Her work centers around the facilitation of community based capacity building through promotores de salud (community health worker) projects in HIV/AIDS, Maternal Child Health, and Nutrition and Obesity Prevention. Dr. Rios-Ellis is also the Co-Principal Investigator for the Su Casa, Su Universidad Project, a 2.9 million dollar initiative funded by the Department of Education to provide Hispanic students with targeted programs to improve recruitment, retention and timely graduation. At CSULB, she serves as the Director of the Latino Health Professionals Project, a scholarship and training program for first generation-educated Latinos designed to ameliorate the lack of Latinos in the health care professions. She is a member of the Steward Group for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities and has consulted for the Pan American Health Organization, the National Association for Community Health Centers, the US Health Resource Services Administration, the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center, and the US Office of Minority Health.
Dennis G. Fisher became the Director of the Center for Behavioral Research & Services (CBRS) in August 2000. Prior to coming to CBRS, he was Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Principal Investigator on the National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded grant “Interventions to Reduce HBV, HCV and HIV in IDUs.” He also served as Co-Principal Investigator on the National Library of Medicine contract entitled the “Alaska Telemedicine Project.” Dr. Fisher received his B.S. from the University of California, Riverside, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage, his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Laura D'Anna, Dr.P.H. Assistant Project Director, Center for Health Care Innovation
Dr. Laura Hoyt D’Anna is Senior Research Fellow for CSULB and Assistant Director of the RIMI Project. Dr. D’Anna has eighteen years experience in the development, administration, and evaluation of public and community health agencies and programs. She gained extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating clinic-based behavioral STI/HIV risk-reduction interventions in her role as Project Manager for Project RESPECT. Project RESPECT was a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded multi-site randomized trial comparing the effect of a theory-driven HIV counseling and testing intervention with the CDC standard intervention and a minimalist intervention. Dr. D’Anna’s primary research interests are racial and ethnic health disparities and specifically, how experiences of discrimination affect health and health disparities. In her current role at CSULB, Dr. D’Anna assists in the development of research and evaluation design, protocols and activities, including development of measurement tools, analyses of quantitative data, and preparation of findings in report, grant proposal and presentation formats. Previously, Dr. D’Anna served as Vice President of Community Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties in California; the executive director of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, a non-profit, community-based clinic; and manager of Preventive Health Clinical Services for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.
Jeff Wood IT/ Data and Technical Resources Coordinator, CSULB RIMI Project and the Center for Helth Care Innovation
Jeff Wood provides technical resources to RIMI staff and faculty. Mr. Wood, has managed data, technical resources and service delivery for HIV and STD prevention research programs for active drug users since 1991. He holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Chapman University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology at CSULB.
Carol Canjura Administrative Coordinator and Budget Manager, Center for Health Care Innovation
Ms. Canjura is the RIMI Project Administrative Coordinator and Budget Manager.