Meet Our Team

Meet the team of passionate, international leaders and experts in their fields at the Southern California Center for Latino Health.

External Advisory Board

Martha Escutia, JD

Leanne Redman, MS, PhD

Jason Mendoza, MD, MPH

Ilan Shapiro, MD, FAAP, FACHE

Administrative Core

Michael Goran, PhD

Principal Investigator and Center Director
Co-Lead for Project 1

Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH

Co-Investigator and Associate Center Director and Co-Director of Community Engagement Core

Anna Peare, MPH

Program Manager, Administrative Core

Methods and Data Sub-Core

Juan Espinoza, MD


Ramon Durazo-Arvizú, PhD

Study Design and Biostatistics

Stephen Erberich, PhD

Biomedical Informatics

Lida Chatzi, MD, PhD

Environmental Assessments and Exposures

John Wilson, PhD

Geospatial Assessments and Exposures

Mahsa Babaei, PhD

Data Specialist

Chris Machle


Investigator Development Core

Kathleen Page, MD


Kayla de la Haye, PhD


John Elder, PhD, MPH


Marymar Vacio

Project Assistant

Community Engagement Core

Michele Kipke, PhD


Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH


Adriana Argaiz, MS

Associate Director

Nicole Wolfe, PhD

Associate Director, USC CTSI

Alma Garcia


Rosalba Cain


Project 1

Michael Goran, PhD

Principal Investigator

Tanya Alderete, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator

Claudia Rios, RD, MS

Research Supervisor, Dietician

Carla Flores

Study Coordinator

Kimberly Maldonado

Study Visit Assistant

Sinthia Arcadia

Study Visit Coordinator

Kelsey Schmidt, PhD

Post Doctoral Researcher, Data Analyst

Linus Kaiser

Research Assistant

Project 2

Kerri Boutelle, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dawn Eichen, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator

Kyung (Kay) Rhee, MD

Co-Principal Investigator

Noe Crespo, PhD, MPH, MS

Co-Principal Investigator

Eduardo Castro Arreaga

Project Coordinator

Michael Manzano

Graduate Student Researcher

Ingrid Rivera-Iniguez, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar and Interventionist

Project 3

Deborah Cohen, MD, MPH

Principal Investigator

Sean Hashmi, MD

Co-Principal Investigator

Kelly Lopez, MPH

Research Project Manager