James Madison University

New Faculty: Erika Collazo

Erika CollazoThe Health Studies Concentration in the Department of Health Sciences would like to welcome new faculty member, Erika Collazo.

Currently in her first semester at James Madison, Collazo is teaching Personal Wellness and Health Research Methods. Originally from Puerto Rico, she studied pre-law and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico. After studying abroad in the United States, she is now in the process of completing her doctoral degree from the University of Indiana Bloomington. Much of her doctoral work was focused on sexual health of drug users, and minorities with an emphasis on Puerto Rican women. The need for positive and relevant sexual health education for the next generation is the motivation behind her interest in the public health field. She also has a deep interest in reducing health disparities in minority populations, including greater sexual health education.

While at JMU, Collazo looks forward to establishing partnerships and collaborations with some of the numerous talented faculty across campus. She would also like to actively promote and create study abroad programs for Health Science students allowing them to explore health services around the world. In her free time, Collazo enjoys spending time with family, creating art, cooking, and reading. She has felt very welcomed at JMU so far, and is excited to further explore the university and its surrounding valley.


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    Thanksgiving Break
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    Final Examinations
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