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Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the Society for Epidemiologic Research is to foster the diversity of our membership and work towards the engagement of all members, from diverse backgrounds at all stages of their careers, in the Society’s activities, with the intent of enhancing discovery in public health.


Hoda S. Abdel Magid

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

Hoda S. Abdel Magid earned a Masters of Health Science in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently completing her postdoctoral training in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University and is also a fellow in the Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) at the Palo Alto VA. Additionally, she is currently a lecturer at Santa Clara University, teaching undergraduate epidemiology and biostatistics. Her current research builds upon her previous training to further understand chronic disease risk behaviors and leverages spatial epidemiology to examine health disparities among socially-marginalized communities.


Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
Stanford University

Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Fellow (BD-STEP)
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Public Health Sciences Program
Santa Clara University

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David Lopez

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

David S. Lopez completed a pre-doctoral fellowship training in cancer epidemiology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center- Department of Epidemiology, and a post-doctoral fellowship training in cancer epidemiology at the Bloomberg Johns Hopkins School of Public Health- Department of Epidemiology. In 2018 he began an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is currently an Associate Professor in the same Department. Dr. Lopez research interests is in cancer health disparities, hormone-related cancers, cardiovascular diseases and their interplay with statins and endogenous and exogenous testosterone.  


The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555
Phone: 409-772-913


Onyebuchi Arah

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair

Onyebuchi (Onyi) Arah is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Fielding School of Public Health, an affiliated professor in the Department of Statistics, and an Associate Dean of Graduate Education at Graduate Division, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also serves as Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is a physician and an epidemiologic methodologist specializing in quantitative methods for bias analysis, causal inference, clinical outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, and global social epidemiology. His research interests include applications of modern statistical, causal, and bias analytical methods to studies of metabolic, pediatric, perinatal, occupational, cardiovascular, infectious, and life course exposures and outcomes. Read more


University of California, Los Angeles
650 Charles E. Young Drive South
Box 951772
71-236B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-206-0050


Amira Aker

Sarah Andrea

Obefemi Babalola

Monique Brown

Juan Castillo

Timothy Crawford

Mary Diazsantana

Luther Fasehun

David Gonzalez

Bernard Harlow

Marcia Jimenez

Christina Ludema

Veronica McSorley

Stefania Papatheodeorou

Victor Polanco

Domonique Reed

Lindsay Rhodes

Jamaica Robinson

Brooke Staley

Aracelis Torres

Desiree Vidana

Yaguang Wei

Mahsa Yazdy