Vice Chair for Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Director Cancer Prevention and Control
Cancer Center of Emphasis
Navkiran (Kiran) K. Shokar received her M.A. from Cambridge University Medical School in England in 1989, and her M.D. from Oxford University Medical School in 1992. She completed her M.P.H. at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston in 2003. She is board certified in family medicine and is also a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, U.K. Her research interests include cancer prevention and control, health disparities, shared decision making and health services research. Her current research work focuses on the development of screening interventions to address disparities in screening for colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and cervical cancer. Currently, she is funded as a PI on an R21 from the National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI), and on three large cancer prevention and Research Institute of Texas grant awards. In the past she has been a recipient of multiple grant awards including a K07 career development award from the NCI. She has served as a grant reviewer for the NIH and CDC and also serves as a reviewer for numerous primary care, cancer, and minority health journals. She is currently serving as a deputy editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and serves on national and international committees related to primary care research and cancer prevention.
Associate Director of Medical Student Education Department of Family and Community Medicine
Jennifer Molokwu received her M.D. from College of Medicine, University of Benin in Edo State, Nigeria. She obtained an M.P.H. in maternal and child health with an emphasis in epidemiology at the School of Public Health University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is board certified in family medicine after completing residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2010. Her areas of interest include women’s health, cancer prevention, and primary care research. She is currently co-investigator on an AAFP grant investigating U.S./Mexico border women attitudes towards using self-sampling methods to detect cervix/vagina infections with the human papillomavirus and is currently actively involved in several CPRIT funded grants.
Rebekah Salaiz obtained a BS (2004) in health science and MS (2007) in health promotion from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Rebekah has previously worked with UTEP College of Health Sciences for two grant funded programs in substance abuse prevention. In addition, she coordinated BASICS - Screening and Brief Intervention for UTEP college students, and a 3 year grant funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Most recently she was a health educator with the El Paso City Public Health Department - WIC Program.
Adam Alomari, M.P.H., completed his undergraduate degree from UTEP with a focus in sociology and health promotion (2011). He earned an M.P.H. and a Certificate in Public Health Informatics (2014) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC at Houston). Throughout his academic career, he has held numerous research positions at UTHSC at Houston, TTUHSC El Paso, and the Paso Del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, all of which have been grant-funded projects focusing on health, prevention, and awareness.
Amir Hernandez earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from NMSU and his MPH from UTEP. During his time at UTEP and NMSU, Amir worked on various health education and health science research programs throughout southern New Mexico, west Texas, and Cd. Juarez. He joins the department to help coordinate the “Es Tiempo de Vacunarte! It’s Time to get Vaccinated!” program. Amir uses his free time to go hiking, camping, and snowboarding, as well as jogging and swimming.