Welcome to the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP). As a transdisciplinary team of faculty, students, and staff, we conduct translational research, training, and outreach activities in close partnership with communities with the goal of improving health and preventing disease in vulnerable populations across the lifespan.

The CHPDP is housed in ASU’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation on the Downtown Phoenix Campus. Established in 2015, the center is guided by many of the design aspirations of the New American University including the fusion of intellectual disciplines in order to conduct use-inspired research that is embedded within communities through mutually beneficial collaborations.   


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Shelby Langer (left) and Dr. Laura Porter (Duke University) presenting data at the annual meeting of the European Health Psychology Society in Padua, Italy on 08.31.17

Shelby Langer, PhD, is an Associate Professor in ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and a member of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. As a personality/social psychologist with post-doctoral training in Behavioral Medicine., her research interests focus on dyadic (2-person) communication and emotion regulation within the context of chronic illness. Read complete bio here...

 *Please tell us a bit about your educational background and how you arrived at this point in your career.

I was trained in basic relationship science, but always had both personal and professional interests in health. Ultimately, I was able to combine the two. In my third year as a doctoral student at Lehigh University in PA, I was offered research funding through a local hospital. My role was to provide research support for the medical residents. My first thought was, “What do I possibly have to offer these residents?” I was only 25 years old at the time. It felt very intimidating. But once I started, it became clear that I really DID have something to offer. Many of the residents lacked formal training in research methods and statistics, and appreciated the consultation I could provide. And… Read the complete interview here... 


Featured Article

Multilevel Interventions Targeting Obesity: Research Recommendations for Vulnerable Populations

Interventions addressing the prevention or treatment of obesity may need to be multifaceted in order to address the complex origins of obesity. When fighting obesity in vulnerable populations researchers must identify effective strategies using careful planning and implementation. An NIH working group was convened to review, inform, and recommend multilevel obesity interventions applicable to disadvantaged populations. To access this publication, please click here.


Stevens J, Pratt C, Boyington J, Truesdale KP, Ward DS, Lytle L, Sherwood NE, Robinson TN, Moore S, Barkin S, Cheung YK, & Murray DM. (2017) Multilevel Interventions Targeting Obesity: Research Recommendations for Vulnerable Populations. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(1), 115-124. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.09.011

News and Events


This past weekend, Dr. Felipe Castro shared his expertise and answered questions regarding the nation's current opioid epidemic on the AARP Arizona Hispanic Connection.


Amanda Campos, MD, a Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, was awarded a grant


Dr. Haiwei Gu's research is focused on improving analytical technologies in metabolomics.