Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh

Associate Professor
Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh

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(415) 405-2832
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Education: ScD. in Social Epidemiology, Harvard University, School of Public Health and MPH from SF State

Field of specialization: Policy, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health; Racial/Ethnic and Class Disparities in Health; Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Immigrant Health Trajectories in multinational contexts.

Current projects: Epidemiologic research on: the socioeconomic gradients in overweight/obesity and multilevel analyses examining the influence of neighborhood environments on obesity.



Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Associate Professor, Health Education Department, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California


Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Sc.D., M.P.H. is associate professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. She received her B.S. from University of San Francisco, MPH from San Francisco State University, and doctorate of science in Social Epidemiology from Harvard University, School of Public Health. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh served as a Kellogg Health Scholar post-doctoral fellow at the Center on Social Disparities in Health, University California, San Francisco-Berkeley. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on two interrelated strands: social inequalities in health and the extent to which environments and policies impact (or not) population patterns of disease overall and according to race or ethnicity, immigrant and socioeconomic status. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh’s research includes studies on the impact of school-based nutrition and physical education policies on population patterns of childhood obesity and fitness overall and across racial or ethnic groups, and the potential role of nearby school environments in the variability of obesity and fitness levels among children attending public schools. She has received research support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Salud America! research network to prevent obesity among Latino children and Healthy Eating Research, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh presently receives research support to study multilevel influences on childhood obesity disparities from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment.