Aisha Siddiqui, Dr.PH, is on the faculty at the University of Houston Downtown and the University of St. Thomas, Houston. She has a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She founded CHAT because of her passion for education and need for health promotion in underserved communities. Aisha lives in Houston with her husband. She has two grown children, who are pursuing their medical careers at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and Columbia University Medical Center, New York.
Rigoberto Delgado, Ph.D. is a Senior Health Economist/Fellow at the UT Center for Emergency Research at UT-Health (the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health). His primary areas of expertise include cost-effectiveness and outcomes research, economic feasibility assessments, and quality improvement in healthcare and emergency medicine. Dr. Delgado has over twenty years of experience in operations management, finance and economics including considerable background advising private and public organizations. He has worked extensively in the U.S. and Latin America in projects related to biotechnology, software, and healthcare. Prior to joining the Center for Emergency Research, Rigoberto was employed with the UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center in the department of Strategic Financial Planning.
Liz McGuffee, Director of Development and Communications, joined the staff of Rice 360° in 2013 after living abroad in the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia with her family. Working with members of the Rice community both on and off campus, Liz works to foster an understanding of the impact Rice 360° is making in the lives of our students and in healthcare improvements in the developing world. Liz has worked at University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Searle Pharmaceuticals, Tulane University Medical School and Davidson College in external relations positions. She received her Bachelors of Arts from The Colorado College.
Dr. Ross Shegog, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Behavioral Science at the University of Texas School of Public Health and Associate Director of Communication in the University of Texas Prevention Research Center. His research has focused on the application of instructional technology in health promotion and disease prevention (pediatric asthma management, smoking cessation and prevention, HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention, violence prevention). Research projects have included computer-based education and decision-support programs to enhance the management of pediatric asthma by children, families, and community physicians, CD ROM and internet-based applications for smoking cessation and prevention in child and adolescent populations, computer-based HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention in middle school children, and internet-based violence prevention in high school and college populations.
Kenneth D. Smith, Ph.D. serves as the Director of the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and the Director of Community Development and Health Policy. Dr. Smith received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he studied health economics and economic demography. Both a health economist and public health practitioner, Dr. Smith’s interdisciplinary work spans research and practice at local and national levels. His post graduate research includes extensive experience in applied econometrics, health care financing, pharmacoeconomic analysis, program evaluation and design, and managed delivery systems for frail elderly.
Aisha Khan-Sajjad, J.D., is an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Texas. Her specialties include family, criminal and immigration law. She earned her Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Cultural Anthropology from Boston University, and her law degree from St. John’s University School Of Law. Aisha lives in Pearland, Texas, with her husband and three children.
Asma Zainab, M.D., is a medical doctor working as a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) Intensivist. She finished her medical education at Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Pakistan and completed her residency at the Forest Park Hospital/ St. Louis University. She also completed a fellowship in critical care at the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in the Department of Internal Medicine-Critical Care Medicine. Asma lives in Houston with her husband and three children.