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Marcela Nava

[Marcela Nava]

Other Faculty, Social Work
Last Updated: April 14, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
My research interests focus on exploring how health policy and the social determinants of health are shaped by their broader socioeconomic and political framework. I am interested in connecting the historical legacy of colonialism to the current local, state, and national context of political actors, social service organizations, and health care systems. My research explores decision-making processes among leaders in these different sectors to better understand how and why they may hinder or support efforts to improve health equity, particularly for immigrants and people of color. I hope to apply my research to help communities leverage their political and economic power, develop local solutions, and promote institutional changes that contribute to health equity.

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
immigration, immigrants, public health, social capital

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on health, immigration and social policy, and diverse populations. My teaching is inspired by critical pedagogical approaches that focus on the classroom as a setting to develop critical consciousness through dialogic action and experiential learning. I am also interested in the expansion of critical pedagogy within virtual learning environments.

Biography

Biography

I have over 11 years of experience in community practice, advocacy and research. I have worked in various nonprofit organizations and academic institutions focused on vulnerable communities, families and youth within the North Texas community. My main interests revolve around issues of power and social justice in order to address inequities in health and institutional forms of discrimination that affect immigrants, people of color, women, and youth.

Education

Education

    • 2018 MA in Public Policy
      University of Texas Dallas
    • 2009 MSW in Social Work
      The University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2006 BSW in Social Work
      Texas Christian University

Memberships

    • Sept 2018 to Present American Political Science Association
      Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 12,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.
    • Sept 2018 to Present Association for Public Policy and Management
      APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.
    • Sept 2017 to Present Association for Community Health Improvement
      The Association for Community Health Improvement, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is the premier national association for community health, community benefit and population health professionals. We provide educational resources and tools, professional development and networking opportunities to help health leaders expand their knowledge and enhance their performance in achieving community health goals.
    • Sept 2017 to Present Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Aug 2015 to Present Academy Health
      Since its inception, AcademyHealth has been advancing this field by acting as an objective broker of information, bringing together stakeholders to address the current and future needs of an evolving health system, inform health policy and practice, and translate evidence into action. As the professional home and leading national organization for health services researchers, policymakers, and health care practitioners and stakeholders, AcademyHealth – together with its members – increases the understanding of methods and data used in the field, enhances the professional skills of researchers and research users, and expands awareness.
    • Sept 2012 to Present American Public Health Association

Awards and Honors

    •  2019 Health Policy Research Scholars Writing Retreat sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Jan  2017 Health Policy Research Scholar sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Jan  2016 Presidential Scholarship sponsored by AcademyHealth Institute
    • Jan  2016 Recognition of Outstanding Support to Students sponsored by Lambda Theta Alpha
    • Jan  2015 Tau Sagma Induction sponsored by Keynote Speaker Ceremony
    • Jan  2013 Translational Health Disparities Scholar sponsored by National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    • Jan  2011 Nominee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Sharing the Dream" Award sponsored by City of Arlington
    • Jan  2006 Honors sponsored by Golden Key Society
    • Jan  2006 Honors sponsored by Phi Alpha Society
    • Jan  2006 Honors sponsored by Texas Christian University
    • Jan  2002 Scholar sponsored by National Hispanic
    • Jan  2002 Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    • Jan  2002 Scholarship Recipient , Semi-Finalist Award sponsored by TCU National Meri
    • Jan  2002 Semi-Finalist sponsored by National Merit

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Sept 2017 to Aug 2020 Health Policy Research Scholars Cohort Two - 2017 (Subaward) sponsored by  -  $150000
      (Funded)
    • May 2017 to Dec 2017 Community Council of Greater Dallas Focus Groups sponsored by  -  $3000
      (Funded)
    • Sept 2014 to Oct 2015 Texas Center for Minority Health, Education, Research and Outreach sponsored by  -  $20000
      (Funded)

Students Supervised

    • Aug 2019
      Supervised Teaching Activity
      Victor Allen,
      Master of Science in Social Work
    • May 2019
      Supervised Teaching Activity
      Jennifer Paghi,
      Master of Science in Social Work
    • May 2019
      Supervised Teaching Activity
      Raven Dickerson, Non-UTA student
      Master of Science in Social Work
    • Dec 2017
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Maria Cole, (Social Work)
      Interviews and Conversations about Leaving Services (ICALS): A Review of Resources after TANF
    • May 2017
      Other
      Jameisha Brown, Student Institution: Texas A&M University
      Faculty Advisor (non-UTA student)
      : Steps toward Academic Research (STAR) Fellowship Program
    • May 2016
      Graduate Supervised Research
      Betty Tonui,
    • May 2014
      Graduate Supervised Research
      Cynthia Cantu,
    • May 2014
      Graduate Supervised Research
      Kirstin Williams,
    • May 2014
      Graduate Supervised Research
      Mariel Romero,
    • May 2014
      Graduate Supervised Research
      Sandra Hernandez,
    • May 2014
      Undergraduate Supervised Research
      Alfredo Segovia,
    • May 2013
      Graduate Supervised Research
      LaPorcha Carter,

Courses

      • SOCW 3308-004 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2021
      • SOCW 3308-007 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2021
      • SOCW 3308-001 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3308-011 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • AAST 4350-003 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Course Id: 112142)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 3320-001 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-005 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5312-001 COMMUNITY & ADMIN PRACTICE
        (Course Id: 109082)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • SOCW 3308-001 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Topic: Social Work Research Methods | Course Id: 108926)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3308-003 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • SOCW 3320-001 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Exclude Feedback: true)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3308-1
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Summer - 2020
      • SOCW 3308-2
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Summer - 2020
      • SOCW 3308-001 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3308-002 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3308-012 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 3320-002 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-004 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-003
        Fall - 2019
      • AAST 4350-007 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Topic: Special Topics in African Amer | Course Id: 112142 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-001)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-001 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-002 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-002)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3308-001 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5308-005 RESEARCH AND EVALUATION I
        (Course Id: 108980)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 3320-001 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-001)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-001 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-001)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5343-001 HEALTH POL & SOC JUSTICE
        (Course Id: 109056)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 3320-002 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-002)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-002 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-002)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3308-011 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 108926 | Xlist Coursepre: HONR-SW | Xlist Coursenum: 3304-005)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-001 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 3320-001 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-001)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 3320-002 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-002)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-001 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-001)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3320-002 US IMMIG POLICY
        (Course Id: 106548 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 3320-002)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5307-007 DIVERSE POPS
        (Course Id: 108976)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5392-002 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOC WELFARE
        (Topic: Special Topics in Health | Course Id: 109099)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5317-003 HUMAN BEHAVIOR & DIVERSE POPS
        (Course Id: 108976 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5317-004 | Exclude Eval: true)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5317-004 HUMAN BEHAVIOR & DIVERSE POPS
        (Course Id: 108976 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5317-003)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5322-002 RESEARCH AND EVALUATION I
        (Course Id: 108980 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5322-003)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5322-006 RESEARCH AND EVALUATION I
        (Course Id: 108980 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5322-007)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5322-002 RESEARCH AND EVALUATION I
        (Course Id: 108980 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5322-003)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5322-004 RESEARCH AND EVALUATION I
        (Course Id: 108980)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 6345-001 HEALTH POLICY
        (Course Id: 109056)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5317-006 HUMAN BEHAVIOR & DIVERSE POPS
        (Course Id: 108976)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3317-005 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POP
        (Course Id: 108928 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3317-006)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3317-008 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POP
        (Course Id: 108928 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3317-009)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3303-001 SW POL & SERV
        (Course Id: 108924)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3317-002 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POP
        (Course Id: 108928 | Xlist Coursepre: AAST | Xlist Coursenum: 3317-002)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3317-004 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POP
        (Course Id: 108928 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3317-005)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3303-002 SW POL & SERV
        (Course Id: 108924)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3303-004 SW POL & SERV
        (Course Id: 108924 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 3303-005)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 6345-001 HEALTH POLICY
        (Course Id: 109056)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3317-002 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POP
        (Course Id: 108928)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3317-005 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POP
        (Course Id: 108928)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3303-003 SW POL & SERV
        (Course Id: 108924)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3303-001 SW POL & SERV
        (Course Id: 108924)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3303-002 SW POL & SERV
        (Course Id: 108924)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus

Service to the University

    • 2020 to  Present Committee Chair
      Latinx Faculty and Staff Association (LaFSA)
      At-large board member of the inaugural Latinx Faculty and Staff Association est 2020
    • Mar 2019 to  Present Guest Speaker
      Center for Mexican-American Studies
      Conference Title: • Immigration after the elections: Challenges and opportunities
    • Mar 2019 to  Present Guest Speaker
      UTA School of Social Work
      Panel Title: Immigration: Facts and future
    • 2019 to  Present Committee Member
      Academic and Community Partnerships/University of North Texas Health Science Center
    • Sept 2017 to  Present Attendee, Meeting
      Center for Mexican-American Studies Research Associate
    • Feb 2017 to  Present Guest Speaker
      Center for Mexican-American Studies
      Conference Title: Looking to the future: Immigration regional conference for community leaders
    • Nov 2015 to  Present Guest Speaker
      2nd Annual Ubuntu Social Justice Conference at UTA. Organized by the Multicultural Affairs and the Office of International Education
      Title: Immigration 101: An overview for social change agent
    • Sept 2014 to  Present Committee Member
      Community and Administrative Practice (CAP) Content Committee
      As the Chairperson of the CAP Committee, I led a group of faculty around the development of new EPAS standards, the identification of new policy-focused placements, and management of existing policy-focused placements.
    • Sept 2014 to  Present Committee Member
      Health Specialization Content Committee
    • Sept 2020 to  May 2021 Chairperson
      Faculty Development and Review Committee - Non-Tenure Track Faculty
    • 2019 to  2020 Committee Member
      Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Search Committee
    • 2019 to  2020
      Canvas Shell standardization and edits
    • Sept 2019 to  May 2020 Committee Member
      BSW Foundation Committee
    • Sept 2019 to  May 2020 Committee Member
      Field Education Committee
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Faculty Mentor
      Adjunct Faculty Mentorship
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Member
      Non-Tenure Track Faculty Search Committee
    • Sept 2016 to  May 2019 Chairperson
      Community and Administrative Practice (CAP) Content Committee
      As the Chairperson of the CAP Committee, I led a group of faculty around the development of new EPAS standards, the identification of new policy-focused placements, and management of existing policy-focused placements.
    • Sept 2016 to  May 2019 Committee Member
      SCUGS/SCOGS
    • Past to  Mar 2019 Guest Speaker
      UTA Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha,
      Title: You have the right! Immigration and education forum
    • Sept 2017 to  May 2018
      Blackboard Shell Course Updates
      Along with other faculty members assigned to the same service activity, I developed and/or updated existing course shells. This was carried out in collaboration with both the MSW and BSW Program Directors and included tbasic PowerPoints, outside resources, integration of test banks, and assigned reading materials.
    • Sept 2017 to  May 2018 Committee Member
      Professional Standards
    • Jan 2015 to  Dec 2017 Guest Speaker
      Hispanic-Serving Institution Task Force
    • Sept 2016 to  May 2017 Attendee, Meeting
      Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy Professional Learning Community
    • Sept 2015 to  May 2017 Committee Member
      Executive Committee
    • Sept 2014 to  May 2017 Conference-Related
      University of North Texas Health Science Center Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities

Service to the Profession

    • Jan 2019 to  Present
      Member
      National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Clinical Data Science IRB
      The NHLBI Clinical Data Science IRB was established to 1) review requests to access certain data in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data Commons cloud; 2) assist the NIH in navigating complex and emerging issues in data science and data sharing; and 3) help streamline and further innovate the process for access to datasets in a rapidly evolving cloud-based computing environment
    • 2016 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Progress in Community Health Partnership
    • Jan 2013 to  Dec 2016
      Reviewer, Grant Proposal
      Tarrant County Public Health External Review Committee
    • Jan 2013 to  Dec 2016
      Reviewer, Grant Proposal
      United Way of Tarrant County Health Council
    • Jan 2015 to  Dec 2015
      Reviewer, Grant Proposal
      STAR (Steps Toward Academic Research) Fellowship at University of North Texas Health Science Center
    • Jan 2014 to  Dec 2015
      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      American Public Health Association Community-Based Public Health Caucus
    • Sept 2013 to  May 2015
      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      UNT Health Science Center Research Appreciation Day

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • May 2019 to  Present
      Guest Speaker
      Instituto Nacional Electoral de Mexico (National Electoral Institute of Mexico
      Title: Mesa de diálogo sobre acciones a favor de la representación y participación política de la comunidad migrante en México
    • Nov 2016 to  Present
      Workshop Organizer
      United Way of Tarrant County and Area Agency on Aging
    • Sept 2016 to  Present
      Guest Speaker
      Fall Policy Summit: Health and Human Service Track. Organized by the African American Leadership Institute
      Title: Building a Healthy Community
    • Jan 2010 to  Present
      Committee Member
      JPS Health Network Joint Council
    • 2015 to  2018
      Committee Member
      Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging, Model for Alzheimer's/Dementia Services Quality Assurance Committee
    • 2015 to  2018
      Committee Chair
      United Way of Tarrant County , Health Council
    • Jan 2014 to  Dec 2018
      Board Member
      Cancer Care Services of North Texas Board of Directors
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2018
      Committee Member
      Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity
    • 2012 to  2018
      Committee Member
      Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration
    • Jan 2014 to  May 2018
      Committee Chair
      Cancer Care Services of North Texas Board of Directors
    • Sept 2012 to  May 2017
      Committee Member
      Tarrant County Cancer Disparities Coalition
    • Jan 2013 to  Dec 2015
      Officer, Vice President
      United Way Aging Texas Well
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2015
      Committee Member
      Dallas Cancer Disparities Community Coalition
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2015
      Committee Member
      Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation, Community Health Collaborative
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2015
      Committee Member
      Hispanic Wellness Coalition
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2015
      Committee Member
      Morningside Children’s Partnership, Community Team
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2015
      Committee Member
      Tarrant County Fatherhood Coalition
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2015
      Committee Member
      Tarrant County Task Force on Health Care for the Homeless
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2015
      Committee Member
      Tarrant County Voices for Health
    • Jan 2011 to  Dec 2015
      Committee Member
      Mental Health Connection
    • Sept 2012 to  May 2015
      Committee Member
      Healthy Moms Healthy Babies and Healthy Community Collaboration
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2014
      Committee Member
      Carnaval de Salud Community Health Fair
    • Jan 2014 to  Dec 2014
      Committee Member
      Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging
    • Jan 2012 to  Dec 2013
      Committee Member
      Office of State Representative Lon Burnam, Women’s Health Initiative