Faculty Profiles

Sela V. Panapasa, Ph.D.

Dr. Panapasa is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Program for Research on Black Americans. Her research interests are in the area of racial health disparities and population dynamics across the lifecourse. Dr. Panapasa conducts both survey driven and community-based research designs, and she completed the first representative study on Pacific Islander American health and healthcare utilization-the Pacific Islander Health Study-for which she was the Principal Investigator. Her work seeks to improve the health and well-being of numerically small, vulnerable populations through evidence-based research and interventions, including efforts to build healthy Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities in the United States and U.S. Associated Pacific Islands. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University in 2000.
Steve G. Heeringa, Ph.D.

Dr. Heeringa is a Research Affiliate at the Population Studies Center and a Senior Research Scientist at the Survey Research Center. He is also the Director of the Survey Research Center's Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques. Dr. Heeringa-a senior expert on sampling design and survey inference, including weighting-was a Co-Investigator on the Pacific Islander Health Study. He has contributed as a consulting statistician to a number of international research programs and ongoing survey data collection projects, including the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the Health and Retirement Study, the Monitoring the Future Study, the National Study of American Life, and the South African Stress and Health Study. He received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 1999.
Cleopatra H. Caldwell, Ph.D.

Dr. Caldwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Co-Associate Director of the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan. Dr. Caldwell was a Co-Investigaor on the Pacific Islander Health Study and has extensive experience with Community-Based Participatory Research, as well as experience researching adolescent health. In addition to research and academic experiences, Dr. Caldwell has experience in the health policy field. She served as the health policy analyst on Capital Hill for U.S. Congressman J. Roy Rowland and as a fellow in the office of U.S. Congressman Sander Levin. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1986.
James McNally, Ph.D.

Dr. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program (National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging) at ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dr. McNally was a Pacific Islander Health Study Co-Investigator and works primarily on issues of family support and health among the aged, both in the United States and internationally. He also does methodological research on the repair of deficient data and has been cited as an expert authority on imputation in deliberations before the U.S. Supreme Court. Most recently, he has been studying the impacts of heterogeneity on health outcomes among elderly U.S. Asian/Pacific Islander populations. Dr. McNally got his Ph.D. in Demography and Sociology from the Population and Studies Training Center at Brown University.
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