Keynote Speakers


Prof. Hala Madanat

Director of the School of Public Health
San Diego State University
United States


Dr. Hala Madanat is the Director of the School of Public Health at San Diego State University and core-investigator of Institute for Behavioral and Community Health. She is a professor of health promotion and behavioral science. Dr. Madanat currently leads the evaluation of three large NIH-funded center grants: The SDSU/UCSD Comprehensive Cancer Partnership, the SDSU HealthLINK Center for Transdisciplinary Health Disparities Research, and the San Diego Alzheimer’s-related Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research.  She has received multiple honors and awards including the San Diego State University Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the University.

She is also the Co-PI of a HRSA grant aimed at enhancing the education of primary care providers, other geriatric team professionals, paid and family caregivers, and the general public about best practices in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. She has BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Jordan (2000), an MS in Community Health Sciences (2001), and a PhD in Sociology with a minor in Public Health (2006) both from Brigham Young University in Utah. Her diverse education provides a unique lens by which she approaches Public Health.

Her research focuses on the impact of westernization on diet and nutrition and has been working on developing nutrition education programs that emphasize health and biological hunger. She had published over 80 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and books.

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