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Alexis Handal

    Associate Professor, Population Health

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Dr. 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 work 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 labor conditions and environmental toxins such as farmworkers, 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

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Global Health
  • Health Inequities
  • Latino and Indigenous Populations
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Occupational Health
  • Public Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social, Reproductive and Environmental Epidemiology

Country Specialization(s)

  • Ecuador
  • Latin America