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Alexis Handal

  • Associate Professor
  • Population Health

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Associate Professor Alexis Handal received an appointment at The University of New Mexico in 2008, and currently teaches in the College of Population Health. Her research interests include environmental epidemiology, reproductive epidemiology, and child health and development examined within a social/political/economic context and in global settings. Her research focuses on populations traditionally underrepresented in research, including Latino and Indigenous populations in the U.S. and Latin America and those who are most exposed to hazardous work conditions and environmental toxins such as farm-workers, with a particular focus on women and their children. Handal’s current research applies a health equity lens to focus on the impact of industry-related exposures (chemical, psychosocial, structural) among Ecuadorian female flower workers, on child health and development, and the industry’s impact on surrounding communities. 


  • MPH in Epidemiology-International Health, University of Michigan (2002)
  • BA in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder (1998)

Research Areas

  • Social, Reproductive And Environmental Epidemiology
  • Child Health And Development
  • Latino And Indigenous Populations

Country Specialization(s)

  • Ecuador
  • Latin America