Faculty members Cecilia Rosales, M.D., M.S. and Chengcheng Hu, Ph.D., M.S., have taken on additional roles at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health-Phoenix campus.
“I’m pleased to announce these new appointments, because they signify an important direction in the expansion of our programs in Phoenix,” said Iman Hakim, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., dean and professor of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “Our significant growth over the past few years demands that we devote more attention to handling that growth in a systemic way, and support our faculty in their goal of helping each student succeed. We owe it to our students to make sure the support systems for our academic programs and the people who lead them are outstanding.”
Cecilia Rosales, M.D., M.S., associate professor and director of Phoenix programs, has been named assistant dean of the College of Public Health-Phoenix. She has worked in the health care and public health for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the College of Public Health in 2005, Dr. Rosales served as director of the Office of Border Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services for five years. She has expertise in program development and implementation, public health administration, policy and health disparities research in the Southwest.
Dr. Rosales uniquely contributes to the body of knowledge about Hispanic, border and bi-national health, and conducts community-based participatory research in the Southwest. She served on the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Border Governors, and the State Health Departments in Arizona and Sonora. She understands the context of how the public health infrastructure can be strengthened at the local, state, national and binational levels to eliminate health disparities. She is skilled in formulating research questions, developing and evaluating public health models, and disseminating these in the region.
Chengcheng Hu, Ph.D., M.S., associate professor of biostatistics, has been named director of Biostatistics at the UA College of Public Health-Phoenix.
Having joined the College of Public Health in 2008, Hu is also Director of the Biometry Core on the Chemoprevention of Skin Cancer Project at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. He served as Co-Director of the Pattern Analysis and Computational Biology Core on the Targets to Therapeutics in Pancreatic Cancer Project from 2009 to 2010.
Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Hu was an assistant professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health from 2002 to 2008. While at Harvard, he also served as senior statistician in the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT).
Hu has worked on multiple federal grants in a broad range of areas including cancer, occupational health, HIV/AIDS, and aging. He has extensive experience in collaborative research, conducting methodological research in the areas of survival analysis, longitudinal data, high-dimensional data, and measurement error. His current methodological interest, arising from studies of viral and human genetics and biomarkers, is to develop innovative methods to investigate the relationship between high-dimensional information and longitudinal outcomes or survival endpoints.
Hu received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and a M.A. in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.