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Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D.



Dr. Helen Hazuda's primary focus is cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and aging. She has developed two widely used methodological tools: 1) the Hazuda Ethnic Algorithm for classifying persons as Mexican American or European American, and 2) the Hazuda Acculturation and Assimilation Scales designed to measure multiple dimensions of acculturation and assimilation of Mexican Americans to the broader American society.

Selected Publications

Espeland MA, Rejeski WJ, West DS, Bray GA, Clark JM, Peters AL, Chen H, Johnson KC, Horton ES, Hazuda HP; Action for Health in Diabetes Research Group. Intensive weight loss intervention in older individuals: results from the Action for Health in Diabetes Type 2 diabetes mellitus trial. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jun;61(6):912-22. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12271.

Espinoza SE, Jung I, Hazuda H. The Hispanic paradox and predictors of mortality in an aging biethnic cohort of Mexican Americans and European Americans: the san antonio longitudinal study of aging. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Sep;61(9):1522-9.

Garcia CH, Espinoza SE, Lichtenstein M, Hazuda HP. Health literacy associations between Hispanic elderly patients and their caregivers. J Health Commun. 2013;18 Suppl 1:256-72.

Perkins HS, Cortez JD, Hazuda HP. Patients' diverse beliefs about what happens at the time of death. J Hosp Med. 2012 Feb;7(2):110-6.

Lorenzo C, Hazuda HP, Haffner SM. Insulin resistance and excess risk of diabetes in Mexican-Americans: the San Antonio Heart Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Mar;97(3):793-9.

Professor & Chief
Medicine/ Clinical Epidemiology
Barshop Institute


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 1975

M.A., Education and History, Incarnate Word College, 1968

B.A., Sociology and Philosophy, Incarnate Word College, 1965



Phone: (210) 567-6678

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