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Elise Lopez MPH

Elise  Lopez MPH

Assistant Director, Relationship Violence Program

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1145 N. Campbell Ave.
Campus PO Box: 245209
Drachman Hall A202
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 621-4916


Elise Lopez, MPH, is the Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention Programs in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.  She has worked in health promotion since 2003 in community and research settings. She has received numerous awards for her work in community health programs, including recognitions from the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and Compass Behavioral Health Care Dynamic Duo Awards. She was the recipient of the inaugural Youth, Family and Community Evidence-Based Practice Award from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2007. Elise has worked primarily on programs that focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions related to adolescent substance abuse, trauma-informed care, sexual health, and sexual violence. She is currently a project manager for two federally-funded sexual violence prevention and response projects at MEZCOPH, and serves as the site preceptor for undergraduate students who are interested in sexual assault research and policy. Elise is working on her Doctor of Public Health degree at MEZCOPH. She is also an appointed commissioner to the University’s Commission on the Status of Women, where she serves on the Family Care Workgroup and focuses on efforts to increase campus resources and support for lactating faculty, staff, and students.

Educational Background:

BS Public Administration
Criminal Justice Administration and Public Policy and Management
University of Arizona, Eller College of Management

Master of Public Health
Maternal and Child Health
University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Research Synopsis

Research interests include adolescent sexual health, sexual assault prevention, campus sexual misconduct response, restorative justice approaches to sexual violence, trauma-informed behavioral health treatment for adolescent girls, intersections of juvenile justice and behavioral health, study design for violence research, and public policy on gender-based violence

Curriculum Vitae: 

The University of Arizona