Chris Palmedo is a Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Associate Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. His research interests include public opinion and social values, strategic communications, social marketing, and community-based participatory research. Chris holds a PhD in public policy from Portland State University.
Emma Tsui is a Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Sciences at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Her research interests focus on the health issues facing low wage workers, including home care and food sector workers. She has also studied institutional food workers and their potential for making improvements in the food they prepare.
Sandra Echeverria is a Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Associate Professor and Program Director in Community Health and Education at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health. Sandra's research interests include Latino and immigrant health, social determinants of cardiovascular risk, particularly physical inactivity, smoking and diabetes, and community-engaged projects addressing cardiovascular health. She holds a PhD in epidemiology from Columbia University.
Karen Flórez is a Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Assistant Professor in the department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences at the CUNY School of Public Health. Her training and research experiences are directly related to her deep-rooted interest in the sociocultural determinants of diet and diet-related diseases. Karen holds a Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Melissa Fuster is a Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and an Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College. Melissa has over ten years of experience in community-based research, focused on minority and immigrant populations in the United States and, internationally, in Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean. Her research interest include food security and the sociopolitical and cultural factors affecting food practices and nutritional outcomes. She holds a PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Aprielle Wills is a CUNY Urban Food Policy Fellow and incoming doctoral student at CUNY School of Public Health in the department of epidemiology. Aprielle has over nine years of experience in applied epidemiology and public health research. Her research interests include the intersection of disease, nutrition, and health inequities in urban minority populations. She received her BS in Biology at Hampton University and MPH in Epidemiology and Global Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Emma Vignola is a CUNY Urban Food Policy Fellow and first-year doctoral student at the CUNY School of Public Health in the Department of Community Health and Social Sciences. She has worked in developmental research among women and children in the U.S., South Africa, Mexico, and Peru, and in capacity building among public sector health officials in Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Her research interests include political determinants of health inequity, critical theory, complex systems approaches, and participatory strategies in public health research and practice. She earned a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience from Barnard College and an MSPH in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.