UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Hazuda, Helen P

School of Medicine
Medicine
(210) 567-6678
hazuda@uthscsa.edu

I am a sociologist, epidemiologist, and health services researcher with over 30 years of experience conducting cross-cultural research with Mexican Americans and European Americans in San Antonio and South Texas. My primary focus is cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and aging. I have developed two widely used methodological tools: 1) the Hazuda Ethnic Algorithm for classifying persons as Mexican American or European American, and 2) the Hazuda Acculturation and Assimilation Scales designed to measure multiple dimensions of acculturation and assimilation of Mexican Americans to the broader American society. I have also developed a detailed disablement process model (DPM)designed to assess pathways linking specific chronic health conditions to disability via impairments and functional limitations and to serve as a tool for identifying optimal targets for intervention to prevent, slow, or reverse progression toward disability. Research based on the DPM is yielding information useful to clinicians treating older adults with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis.

9/2009 - Present Professor and Chief, Division of Clinical Epidemiology University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, Medicine, San Antonio, TX
9/1999 - Present Professor with Tenure University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, Medicine, San Antonio, TX