College of Health Sciences
Dr. Gutierrez obtained a BA degree in Psychology from UCLA, a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, and a cancer prevention fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. Her professional niche is in social epidemiology and health services research addressing chronic disease prevention and control in vulnerable populations. She has served as investigator in several collaborative landmark studies funded by NIH including the Jackson Heart Study, Deep South Network for Cancer Control, Southern Community Cohort Study, and currently a randomized community intervention study to improve self-care among African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Her commitment as a researcher is to build community and institutional research capacity by mentoring high school to doctoral level, as well as grassroots leaders in these communities.