Natalicio (Nat) Serrano is a doctoral candidate in Public Health Sciences and Graduate Research Assistant at the Prevention Research Center

Research Interests:

Chronic disease prevention and the role of the built and social environment on health behaviors and outcomes, with the ultimate goal of reducing health disparities among disadvantaged communities


Scholarship: Curriculum Vitae

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Natalicio Serrano’s research focuses on chronic disease prevention, with an emphasis on upstream influences of physical activity. He hopes to promote sustainable and healthy communities by contributing evidence on the influence of the neighborhood and policy environments on physical activity and chronic diseases among disadvantaged groups. As part of his dissertation, Serrano has also explored unintended consequences (e.g., gentrification) of building health promoting communities in already disadvantaged groups. This work has been partially supported by a NHLBI funded T32 pre-doctoral training program in Cardiovascular Disease and Obesity.

Serrano’s teaching experience in public health includes obesity prevention, built environment, epidemiology, foundational statistics, and research methods. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Serrano earned his BS in Health Sciences and MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from San Diego State University.

Featured Publications:

Serrano, N., Diem, G., Grabauskas, V., Shatchkute, A., Stachenko, S., Deshpande, A.,Gillespie, KN., Baker, EA.,Vartininen, E., Brownson, RC. (2019). “Building the capacity – examining the impact of evidence-based public health trainings in Europe: a mixed methods approach“.Global Health Promotion

Serrano, N.,Perez, L. G., Carlson, J., Patrick, K., Kerr, J., Holub, C., & Arredondo, E. M. (2018). “Sub-population differences in the relationship between the neighborhood environment and Latinas’ daily walking and vehicle time”. Journal of Transport & Health,8, 210–219.