Department of Public Health Sciences

Lorena Garcia

  Associate Professor, DrPH, MPH
  Division of Epidemiology
Health disparities, in particular obesity and diabetes (metabolic and nutritional disorders), intimate partner violence (injuries), immigrant health and acculturation in the Latino community.

2002: DrPH, Epidemiology, University Of California, Los Angeles 
1996: MPH, Epidemiology , Boston University 
1992: BA, Chicano and Latino Studies, California State University, Long Beach 

Professional Affiliations/Awards
September 1995: Public Health Traineeship Award, Boston University School of Public Health
October 1992-1993: Graduate Equity Fellowship
November 14-18, 2012: Travel Grant Recipient. Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, National Coordinating Center, Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). San Diego, California
May 1993-1995: Boston University School of Public Health Departmental Merit Scholarship , (Epidemiology and Biostatistics
March 2008: Travel Grant Recipient. 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Mexico
June 24-27, 2014: Academic Senate Research Travel Award, UC Davis. Annual Meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Seattle, Washington
June 2001: Student Award. Epidemiology Section, Congress of Epidemiology
June 1998-2002: Public Health Traineeship Award, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health
June 1993: California Pre-Doctoral Summer Internship Award
June 1992-1993: National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations (COSSMHO) Pre-Doctoral Fellow
July 14-18, 2014: SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute, SACNAS, AAAS, and Stanford University. Menlo Park, California
August 1997: Outstanding Employee Performance Award, Dean's Office, UCLA School of Public Health
August 1992-1993: California Pre-Doctoral Scholar
1984-1987, 1990-1993: President's Honor Roll, CSU Long Beach
1984-1987, 1990-1993: Dean's List, CSU Long Beach

Selected Publications
  1. Azarbal F, Stefanick ML, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Manson JE, Albert CM, LaMonte MJ, Larson JC, Li W, Martin LW, Nassir R, Garcia L, Assimes TL, Tharp KM, Hlatky MA, Perez MV. (2014). Obesity, physical activity, and their interaction in incident atrial fibrillation in postmenopausal women. Journal of the American Hearth Association, 3(4):pii: e001127. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.114.0011.

  2. McTigue KM, Chang YF, Eaton C, Garcia L, Johnson KC, Lewis CE, Liu S, Mackey RH, Robinson J, Rosal MC, Snetselaar L, Valoski A, Kuller LH. (2014). Severe obesity, heart disease, and death among white, African American, and Hispanic postmenopausal women. Obesity, 22(3):801-10.

  3. Garcia L, Qi L, Rasor M, Clark CJ, Bromberger J, Gold EB. (2014). The relationship of violence and traumatic stress to changes in weight and waist circumference: longitudinal analyses from the study of women's health across the nation. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(8):1459-76.

  4. Ma Y, Hebert JR, Balasubramanian R, Wedick NM, Howard BV, Rosal MC, Liu S, Bird CE, Olendzki BC, Ockene JK, Wactawski-Wende J, Phillips LS, Lamonte MJ, Schneider KL, Garcia L, Ockene IS, Merriam PA, Sepavich DM, Mackey RH, Johnson KC, Manson JE. (2013). All-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality rates in postmenopausal white, black, Hispanic, and Asian women with and without diabetes in the United States: the Women's Health Initiative, 1993-2009. American Journal of Epidemiology, 178(10):1533-41.

  5. Qi L, Nassir R, Kosoy R, Garcia L, Waetjen LE, Ochs-Balcom HM, Gass M, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2013). Relationship between hysterectomy and admixture in African American women. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 208(4):279 e1-7.

  6. Chomistek AK, Manson JE, Stefanick ML, Lu B, Sands-Lincoln M, Going SB, Garcia L, Allison MA, Sims ST, LaMonte MJ, Johnson KC, Eaton CB. (2013). Relationship of sedentary behavior and physical activity to incident cardiovascular disease: results from the Women's Health Initiative. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 61(23):2346-54.

  7. Manini T, Lamonte M, Seguin R, Manson JA, Hingle M, Garcia L, Stefanick M, Rodriguez B, Sims S, Yiquing S, Limacher M. (2013). Sitting time and development of diabetes in the Women's Health Initiative. Obesity, [Epub ahead of print]

  8. Thomson CA, Wertheim BC, Hingle M, Wang L, Neuhouser ML, Gong Z, Garcia L, Stefanick ML, Manson JE. (2012). Alcohol consumption and body weight change in postmenopausal women: results from the Women's Health Initiative. International Journal of Obesity, 36(9):1158-64.

  9. Ma Y, Hebert JR, Manson JE, Balasubramanian R, Liu S, Lamonte MJ, Bird CE, Ockene JK, Qiao Y, Olendzki B, Schneider KL, Rosal MC, Sepavich DM, Wactawski-Wende J, Stefanick ML, Phillips LS, Ockene IS, Kaplan RC, Sarto GE, Garcia L, Howard BV. (2012). Determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in incidence of diabetes in postmenopausal women in the U.S.: The Women's Health Initiative 1993-2009. Diabetes Care, 35(11):2226-34.

  10. Nassir R, Qi L, Kosoy R, Garcia L, Allison M, Ochs-Balcom HM, Tylavsky F, Manson JE, Shigeta R, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2012). Relationship between adiposity and admixture in African-American and Hispanic-American women. International Journal of Obesity, 36(2):304-13.

  11. Qi L, Nassir R, Kosoy R, Garcia L, Curb JD, Tinker L, Howard BV, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2012). Relationship between diabetes risk and admixture in postmenopausal African-American and Hispanic-American women. Diabetologia, 55(5):1329-37.

  12. Nassir R, Qi L, Kosoy R, Garcia L, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2012). Relationship Between Gallbladder Surgery and Ethnic Admixture in African American and Hispanic American Women. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 107:932-40.

  13. Kosoy R, Qi L, Nassir R, Garcia L, Allison M, Shigeta R, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2012). Relationship between hypertension and admixture in post-menopausal African American and Hispanic American women. Journal of Human Hypertension, 26(6):365-73.

  14. Kroenke CH, Michael Y, Tindle H, Gage E, Chlebowski R, Garcia L, Messina C, Manson JE, Caan BJ. (2012). Social networks, social support and burden in relationships, and mortality after breast cancer diagnosis. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 133(1):375-85.

  15. Garcia L, Gold EB, Wang L, Yang X, Mao M, Schwartz AV. (2012). The relation of acculturation to overweight, obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes among U.S. Mexican-American women and men. Ethnicity & Disease, 22(1):58-64.

  16. Martin KR, Garcia L. (2011). Unintended pregnancy and intimate partner violence before and during pregnancy among Latina women in Los Angeles, California. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(6):1157-75.

  17. Garcia L, Soria C, Hurwitz EL. (2007). Homicides and intimate partner violence: a literature review. Trauma Violence Abuse, 8(4):370-83.

  18. Castro, R, Garcia, L, Ruiz, A, Peek-Asa, C. (2006). Developing an Index to Measure Violence Against Women for Comparative Studies Between Mexico and the United States. Journal of Family Violence, 21(1):95-104.

  19. Garcia L, Hurwitz EL, Kraus JF. (2005). Acculturation and reported intimate partner violence among Latinas in Los Angeles. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20(5):569-90.

  20. Garcia, L., Hurwitz, E.L., Kraus, J.F., de la Torre, A. (2004). An Epidemiological Study of Intimate Partner Violence and Latinas: USA, Mexico, and Central America. Journal of Border Health, 7(1):21-32.

  21. de la Torre A, Hernandez-Rodriguez C, Garcia L. (2004). Cost analysis in telemedicine: empirical evidence from sites in Arizona. Journal of Rural Health, 20(3):253-7.

  22. Castro R, Peek-Asa C, Garcia L, Ruiz A, Kraus JF. (2003). Risks for abuse against pregnant Hispanic women: Morelos, Mexico and Los Angeles County, California. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 25(4):325-32.

  23. Peek-Asa C, Garcia L, McArthur D, Castro R. (2002). Severity of intimate partner abuse indicators as perceived by women in Mexico and the United States. Women Health, 35(2-3):165-80.

  24. de la Torre, A, Friis, R, Hunter, HR, Ellis, BK, Garcia, L. (1999). The Health Insurance Status of Older Latinas: a Population at Risk. Journal of Border Health, 4(1):23-31.

  25. de la Torre A, Friis R, Hunter HR, Garcia L. (1996). The health insurance status of US Latino women: A profile from the 1982-1984 HHANES. American journal of Public Health, 86(4):533-7.