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2018 Annual BUILD Research Symposium

Published December 12, 2017

The third Annual BUILD Research Symposium was held on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 9 am to 2 pm, at the University Student Union Ballrooms at the California State University, Long Beach, campus.


8:30 - 9:00 | Registration

9:00 - 9:15 | Introductions

9:15 - 10:15 | Speakers: Dr. Kim Vu, Psychology, and Dr. Renaud Berlemont, Biological Sciences

10:15 - 10:30 | Break

10:30 - 11:30 | Speakers: Dr. Virginia Gray, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Dr. Perla Ayala, Biomedical Engineering

11:30 - 12:00 | Break for Lunch

12:00 - 1:00 | Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Gómez, The Health Equity Institute, SFSU

1:00 - 2:00 | Demonstrations, Research Posters & Partner Tables

2:00 - 2:15 | Thank You & Evaluations

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cynthia Gómez

Dr. Cynthia Gómez
Founding Director, Health Equity Institute
San Francisco State University

Discovery Through Diversity: What Lens Will You Bring?

Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez is the founding director of the Health Equity Institute and Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University. She previously served as co-director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco and has been a leading scientist in HIV prevention research since 1991. Her work has focused primarily on gender, culture and sexual health, on the development of prevention interventions, and on the translation of science to community practice. Gómez has served as faculty and student mentor to individuals in multiple institutions across the U.S., particularly among underrepresented minorities.

Dr. Gómez earned a master’s degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. Prior to her work in HIV, Gómez spent 12 years working in community health settings, including five years as director of a child and family mental health center in Boston.

Dr. Gómez has been a health policy advisor for nearly 20 years. She was an appointed member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under both WJ Clinton and GW Bush administrations. In 2007 she was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the first California Public Health Advisory Council and in 2013 was appointed to the first CA Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee. Over the years she has served on several national advisory committees including the Centers for Disease Control’s HIV and STD Advisory Council; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Services; and the Institute of Medicine’s Committees on Prisoners and Research, and on Lesbian Health. She is a past chair of the board of directors of the Guttmacher Institute and serves on other boards including Planned Parenthood Northern California and Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research.


Here is a small sampling of images from the Symposium. Click on the image thumbnail below to see the full image. You can find more on Facebook.