Alexis J. Handal, PhD
Phone: (505) 925-7391
Handal earned a BA in biochemistry and molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She earned an MPH in epidemiology-international health and a PhD in epidemiological sciences from the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Merit Fellow and a doctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health. Handal, a Fulbright scholar, has also received fellowships from: the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md.; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy; and the New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement and Science on Health Disparities.
Handal’s research spans environmental epidemiology, reproductive epidemiology, and child health and development among Latinos and indigenous populations in the U.S. and Latin America.
Her research approach uses a health equity lens examining how occupational stress, toxic exposures and difficult social environments relate to maternal health and child development.
- Environmental Epidemiology
- Social Epidemiology
- Reproductive Epidemiology
- Maternal and Child Health
- Occupational Health
- Global Health
- Community-based Participatory Research
- Public Health
- Health Inequities
- Social Determinants of Health
- American Public Health Association
- International Epidemiological Association
- International Society for Children's Health and the Environment (founding member)
- International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
- Society for Epidemiologic Research
NIH/NIEHS Voices from the Field
(NIH/NIEHS December 2015) ─ This month, we spoke with Alexis J. Handal, Ph.D., of the University of New Mexico, about building sustainable partnerships and overcoming challenges in the field while conducting community-based research.
Healthy or Not: Some Hispanic children suffer from malnutrition
(Valley Star January 2014 ) ─While much of the focus has been on reducing obesity rates in the Rio Grande Valley, a recent study found that Hispanic children in the “healthy weight” range suffer from higher rates of chronic malnutrition than overweight or obese Hispanic children.