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Office location:    HSS 328

Office phone:      (415) 338-1415


Current Research & Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Students seeking to develop skills in quantitative environmental health research, including statistical data analysis and GIS, are encouraged to sign up for an office hours appointment or send me an email at


HED 655 -- Environmental Health

This course provides an overview of the environmental factors that impact human health, including the health consequences of humans’ alterations of the environment. Topics include physical, chemical, and biological hazards to health including air and water pollution; scientific and socio-political frameworks to analyze these topics; the scientific basis for environmental regulation and policy decisions; and contemporary global environmental health challenges.

Fatemeh Khalkhal, Ph.D.

Dr. Khalkhal is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at SFSU. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (2012) and has served as a postdoc fellow at Yale University (2012-2013) and UC Berkeley (2014-2016). Her research is focused on extending the understanding of the physics of soft matter and the development of the structure-property relationship in complex fluids.

Edward J Rovera

Edward J. Rovera graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Psychology and earned his MS Ed (emphasis in Educational Technology Leadership) from the California State University Hayward (now CSU East Bay). He joined the San Francisco State University School of Nursing in 2008 as a Nursing Informatics Specialist and is currently the Simulation Educator there. He was certified by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and a Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) in 2015. Mr.

Constance Gordon

Constance Gordon is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Broadly, she examines how power and resistance are organized in spaces undergoing social, economic, and ecological transformation. This research engages environmental communication and cultural studies, organizational communication and critical rhetorical studies, as well as food studies, social movements, and critical geography.

Christopher J Koenig, Ph.D.

I am a communication scientist with training at the intersection of linguistics, sociology, and communication studies. My research seeks to understand communication about health and illness through investigating language as a discursive social process. Overall, my work shows how communication can encourage culturally sensitive care, to facilitate holistic well-being, and to foster thoughtful reflection about the roles of health and illness in society.

Leticia Hernandez

Leticia Hernández (Leticia Hernández-Linares) is the author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl (Tía Chucha, 2015).   She is co-editor of The Wandering Song:  Central American Writing in the United States (with Rubén Martínez & Héctor Tobar, Tía Chucha Press, 2017). Widely published, her writing has appeared in newspapers, anthologies, and literary journals, some of which include, U.S.


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