Associate Dean, Phoenix Programs
Phoenix Campus Department
714 E. Van Buren Street
Building 4 - UA Phoenix Plaza 119G
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, is associate dean and professor at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health -- Phoenix and a native Tucsonan. Dr. Rosales is currently collaborating with El Colegio de Sonora and the Secretaria de Salud de Sonora on a National Institutes of Health RO1 grant titled, Tools and practices to decrease cardiovascular disease and complications in the diabetic population of Mexico. The research project aims to test the effectiveness of certain tools and practices to decrease cardiovascular disease and complications from diabetes. The aim is to scale up the intervention to the national level.
In addition, Dr. Rosales was awarded a grant by the Mexico Section of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. The project seeks to develop and implement a primary prevention mobile unit to provide access to health services and promote healthy lifestyles to the Latino population in Maricopa County. Dr. Rosales convened and works with a team of interprofessional students and faculty from the UA Health Sciences in Phoenix to provide outreach services to residents who lack access to health services or are underinsured. Only four other cities received similar grants (Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and New York). She also recently was named a member of the Academic Technical Council of the Binational Border Health Network. The network is comprised of experts from 10 border states to improve response to the challenges posed by public health conditions on the U.S.-México border.
Dr. Rosales has demonstrated outstanding expertise and scholarship in the areas of program development and implementation, public health administration and policy and health disparities research related to the Southwest and border region. Her comprehensive understanding of the region has resulted in a unique contribution to the body of knowledge associated with border and Binational Health in general, and strengthening community-based participatory research and collaboration in the Southwest. The U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Border Governors and the state health departments in Arizona and Sonora have benefited from her innovative and creative strategies for strengthening the public-health infrastructure in this region.
Dr. Rosales serves as the private sector co-chair of the Health Services Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Her deep understanding of the context in which the public health infrastructure can be strengthened at the local, state, national and binational level to address the issues of health disparities in this region is combined with her years of experience, along with her passionate commitment to the elimination of health disparities, mentoring of students and encouraging the pursuit of health sciences majors and interprofessional opportunities for students. She has developed a strong academic and community network created through her years of research, practice and service. Dr. Rosales strives to bring and work together with a multidisciplinary and binational cadre of interested parties, including academics, non-profit and governmental officials.
2000, MS, Epidemiology, University of Arizona
1987, MD, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
1976, BS, Public Administration, University of Arizona
Peer Review Journal Articles On-line or Electronic (*student co-author)
2014 Denman CA, Rosales C, Cornejo E, Bell ML, Munguía D, Zepeda T, et al. Evaluation of the Community-Based Chronic Disease Prevention Program Meta Salud in Northern Mexico, 2011–2012. Prev Chronic Dis. Forthcoming
2014 Brent A. Langellier, Jill Guernsey de Zapien, Cecilia Rosales, Maia Ingram, Scott C. Carvajal. State Medicaid Expansion, Community Interventions, and Health Care Disparities in a United States–Mexico Border Community American Journal of Public Health: Posted online on 12 Jun 2014.
2014 Alvarez, G., Rosales, C., & Sepulveda, R*. (2014). Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a Reemerging Disease in Arizona and Sonora-Case Study. J Case Rep Stud 1: 601 Abstract Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Rickettsia Rickettsii, 3-14.
2014 Sabo, S., Shaw, S., Ingram, M., Teufel-Shone, N., Carvajal, S., de Zapien, J.G., Rosales, C., Redondo, F., Garcia, G., Rubio-Goldsmith, R., Everyday Violence, Structural Racism and Mistreatment at the US-Mexico Border, Social Science & Medicine (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.02.005.
2013 Coe, K., Rosales, C., Staten, L. & Swanson, G.M. The Enigma of the Stigma of Hair Loss Associated with Cancer Treatment. The Open Cancer Journal. 2013, 6, 1-8. http://www.benthamscience.com/open/tocj/articles/V006/1TOCJ.pdf
2013 Carvajal, S.C.; Miesfeld, N.; Chang, J.; Reinschmidt, K.M.; de Zapien, J.G.; Fernandez, M.L.; Rosales, C.; Staten, L.K. Evidence for Long-Term Impact of Pasos Adelante: Using a Community-Wide Survey to Evaluate Chronic Disease Risk Modification in Prior Program Participants. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 4701-4717.
2013 Chang, J*., Guy, M. C., Rosales, C., Zapien, J. G. D., Staten, L. K., Fernandez, M. L., & Carvajal, S. C. (2013). Investigating Social Ecological Contributors to Diabetes within Hispanics in an Underserved US-Mexico Border Community. International journal of environmental research and public health, 10(8), 3217-3232
2013 Carvajal, S. C., Kibor, C*., McClelland, D. J., Ingram, M., de Zapien, J. G., Torres, E., ... & Rosales, C. (2013). Stress and Sociocultural Factors Related to Health Status Among US–Mexico Border Farmworkers. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-7.
2013 Sugeng, A J*, Beamer, P. I., Lutz, E. A., & Rosales, C. B. (2013). Hazard-ranking of agricultural pesticides for chronic health effects in Yuma County, Arizona. Science of The Total Environment, 463, 35-41.
2012 Cecilia Rosales, Maria Isabel Ortega, Jill Guernsey De Zapien, Alma Delia Contreras Paniagua*, Antonio Zapien, Maia Ingram and Patricia Aranda. The US/Mexico Border: A Binational Approach to Framing Challenges and Constructing Solutions for Improving Farmworkers’ Lives. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(6), 2159-2174; doi:10.3390/ijerph9062159;
2012 Scott C. Carvajal, Cecilia Rosales, Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, Samantha Sabo*, Maia Ingram, Debra Jean McClelland, Floribella Redondo, Emma Torres, Andrea J. Romero and Anna Ochoa O’Leary, et al. The Border Community and Immigration Stress Scale: A Preliminary Examination of a Community Responsive Measure in Two Southwest Samples. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 10.1007/s10903-012-9600-z;
2012 Ortega MI, Rosales C, Guernesey de Zapien J, Aranda P, Castañeda A, Saucedo S, Montaño C and Contreras A. Migration, Agribusiness and Nutritional Status of Children under Five in Northwest Mexico. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 33-43; doi:10.3390/ijerph9010033.
2012 Rosales C, Coe MK, *Ortiz S, *Gámez G, Stroupe N. Training Public Health Students in Social Justice and Health Disparities. Public Health Reports January–February 2012 / Volume 127
2011 Elsa Cornejo*, Catalina A. Denman, Samantha Sabo, Jill de Zapién, Cecilia Rosales. Scoping Review of Community Health Worker/Promotora-Based Chronic Disease Primary Prevention Programs on the U.S.-Mexico Border. 2011 - alamo.colson.edu.mx.
2010 Robinson KL, Ernst KC, Johnson BL, Rosales C. Health status of southern Arizona border counties: a Healthy Border 2010 midterm review. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2010;28(5):344–52.
2010 Rosales, C., *Nuno, T., *Dieke, A., Galvez, F., Dutton, R., Guerrero, R., Dulin, P., Jiménez, E., Granillo, B., & de Zapien, J. (2010). U.S.-Mexico cross-border workforce training needs: survey implementation. Journal Of Injury And Violence Research, 3(1). Retrieved August 2, 2010
2010 Hayden MH, Uejio CL, Walker K, Ramberg F, Moreno R, Rosales C, Gameros M, Mearns LO, Zielinski-Gutierrez E, Janes CR. Microclimate and Human Factors in the Divergent Ecology of Aedes aegypti along the Arizona, U.S./Sonora, MX Border. International Association for Ecology and Health, published online March 2010.
2009 Rosales, C, Coe, K, Stroupe, N, *Hackman, A, de Zapien, J. The Culture of Health Survey: A Qualitative Assessment of a Diabetes Prevention Coalition. Journal of Community Health,
2009 Ingram M, Ruiz M, Mayorga MT, Rosales C. The Animadora Project: Identifying Factors Related to the Promotion of Physical Activity Among Mexican Americans With Diabetes. American Journal of Health Promotion: Vol. 23, No. 6 pp. 396–402
2008 Monroy, M., Rosales, C.B., Coe, M.K., de Zapien, J, Meister J., Barajas, S., & Swanson G.M. Innovative Solutions: Engaging non-traditional partners to reduce health disparities. Journal of Community Engaged Research and Learning Partnerships 1(1):24-33.
2007 Fenne J, Rosales C, Logue C. Sir Insulin Monk vs. The Evil Diana Betes: A Program Addressing Diabetes Education and Prevention in Youth, The Diabetes Educator 2007; 33; 455.
2006 Cowan L, Esteban E, McElroy-Hart R, Kieszak S, Meyer PA, Rosales C, Applegate M, Mada Velez G, Arias-Ortiz J, Rubin, C. Bi-national study of pediatric blood lead levels along the United States/Mexico border. Intl J Hygiene & Environ Health 209(3): 235-40, 2006.
2003 Weinberg M, Waterman S, Lucas CA, Falcon VC, Morales PK, Lopez LA, Peter C, Gutierrez AE, Gonzalez ER, Flisser A, Bryan R, Vallen EN, Rodriquez A, Hernandez GA, Rosales C, Ortiz JA, Landen M, Vilchis H, Rawlings J, Leal FL, Ortega L, Flagg E, Conyer RT, Cetron M. The U.S.-Mexico Border Infectious Disease Surveillance project: establishing bi-national border surveillance. Emerging Infectious Disease 9(1):97-102
2001 Balluz L, Philen R, Ortega L, Rosales C, Brock J, Dana B, Kieszak S. Investigation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Nogales, Arizona. Am J Epidemiol 154(11: 1029-1036, 2001, aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/154/11/1029
2001 Bass JK, Ortega L, Rosales C, Petersen NJ, Philen RM. What’s being used at home: a household pesticide survey. Rev Panam Salud Publica 9(3): Washington March 2001,
1999 Ibarra JM*, Stephen GA, Lebowitz MD, Rosales C, Caruso Y, Rogan S, ORourke MK. Douglas Asthma Study: Baseline & Follow-up of Fifth Graders. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 159:A772
1992 Opulski, A., MacNeill, E., Rosales, C., Hartsough, A., Doll, A., Levy, C.,….& Hoffman, R. (1992). Reprinted. Pnuemonic Plague Arizona, 1992 PNEUMONIC PLAGUE ARIZONA, 1992, MMWR, Vol 41, PG 737-739, 1992). JAMA-Journal of The American Medical Association, 268(16), 2146-2147.
2014 Sabo, S., Guernsey de Zapien, J., & Rosales, C. (In press). Entre Fronteras (Between Borders): The Power of Service-Learning in Cultural Exchange and Social Action in the United States -Mexico Borderlands. International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development.
2014 Rosales C, Carvajal S, de Zapien J, Rangel Gomez MG. Transborder and collaborative efforts to improve the health status of the population living along the U.S. Mexico border region. Journal of the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (Revision in Progress)
2013 Sabo S, Carvajal S, Rothers J, de Zapien J, Teufel Shone N, McClelland J, Redondo F, Rubio-Goldsmith R, Ehiri J, Rosales C. Mental Health Impact of Immigration Mistreatment and Ethno Racial Profiling AMong Arizona Border Residents. American Journal of Public Health. (Resubmission in Progress)
2013 Sabo S, de Zapien J, Teufel-Shone N, Rosales C. Learning, and Teaching Structural Determinants of Health of the US-Mexico Border Region: A Service-Learning Approach. Journal of Higher Education, Outreach, and Engagement. (Revision in Progress)
Dr. Rosales has demonstrated outstanding expertise and scholarship in the areas of program development and implementation, public health administration and policy, and health disparities research related to the Southwest and border region. Her comprehensive understanding of the region has resulted in a unique contribution to the body of knowledge associated with border and binational health in general, and has strengthened community-based participatory research and collaboration in the Southwest. The U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Border Governors and the state health departments in Arizona and Sonora have benefited from her innovative and creative strategies for strengthening the public-health infrastructure in this region.
Dr. Rosales currently serves as the private sector co-chair of the Health Services Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Her deep understanding of the context in which the public health infrastructure can be strengthened at the local, state, national and binational level to address the issues of health disparities in this region is combined with her years of experience, along with her passionate commitment to the elimination of health disparities, mentoring of students and encouraging the pursuit of health sciences majors. She has developed a strong academic and community network created through her years of research, practice and service. Dr. Rosales strives to bring together and work with a multidisciplinary and binational cadre of interested parties, including academics, non-profit and governmental officials.