Dr. Denise Dawkins is an assistant professor at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San José State University. She teaches undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students and coordinates simulations. Her expertise is in the healthcare needs of marginalized groups and communities who have historically been oppressed, overlooked and discriminated against. Dr. Dawkins has been a registered nurse for almost 40 years and a healthcare simulationist, researcher, and educator for 20 years.
Matthew Capriotti is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He studies behavioral interventions to support people living with Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders. His second area of research focuses on identifying, understanding, and ending health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Soma Sen is a professor in the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the social epidemiology of HIV and HIV-related stigma and its impact on prevention and treatment. She is currently serving as a commissioner on the Santa Clara County HIV Planning Commission and serves on the leadership team of the county’s Getting to Zero efforts as the stigma researcher. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University and a doctoral degree in social work from Arizona State University.