Dr. Ana Abraido-Lanza, professor of sociomedical sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, will receive the American Public Health Association’s Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award at their annual meeting in Atlanta. She is being honored for inspiring students through their academic programs during their school years and beyond. APHA’s 2017 national awards recognize individuals for leadership, innovation and excellence in the field.
[Photo: Dr. Ana Abraido-Lanza]
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Abraido-Lanza serves as the director with Dr. DuBois Bowman of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) at the Mailman School, an education project aimed at increasing the number of under-represented students who enter research careers in public health.
Dr. Abraido-Lanza’s scientific research focuses on the cultural and structural factors that affect psychological well-being, adjustment to chronic illness and mortality among Latinos, and health disparities between Latinos and non-Latino whites. She is currently studying acculturation and various health behaviors among Latinos. Her current research includes the study of acculturation, neighborhood factors, cancer-related beliefs and behaviors, and physical activity among Latinas.