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Mishra, Shiraz I. Faculty Member


I have a background in public health, specifically in the areas of health services and community-based chronic disease prevention/health promotion interventions.  My main research interests and achievements have been in the characterization of individual, inter-personal, organizational/community, and societal risk factors leading to disparities in health and in access to and utilization of preventive services. I have been involved in the design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination oftheoretically guided community-based prevention and control interventions to reduce disparities in risk factors and enhance health and well-being. For these research studies, I have incorporated mixed methods (quantitative survey methods, and qualitative focus groups and semi-structured interviews). Further, my research has provided descriptive and research-tested inferential evidence for chronic disease prevention interventions. The research has utilized the socio-ecological and social determinants frameworks for health and has been conducted in collaboration with members of diverse ethnic/racial populations (i.e., Hispanics and African Americans) and with indigenous populations (i.e., American Samoans), those residing in rural communities, and hard-to-reach populations (i.e., migrant farm workers) in the United States and internationally. More recently, I conducted two comprehensive systematic reviews (and meta-analyses) of the literature documenting the effects of exercise interventions on health-related quality of life among cancer survivors undergoing active treatment and in the post-treatment phase.  My research has incorporated strategies to inform policy makers and stakeholders about the public health basis for policies that promote chronic disease prevention and the creation of social environments that promote social norms for health promoting behaviors. I am Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine. I am co-Leader of the Community Engagement and Research Component of the UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). I am also the Director of the Masters of Science in Clinical Research degree program and am the Course Director for the “Research Design” course.

Research Areas

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research overview

  • Dr. Shiraz Mishra’s research interests are in public and international health, specifically in the area of health services. The research is based on the socio-ecological and community-oriented primary care perspectives, which provide multidisciplinary and multifactorial frameworks for prevention and socio-medical research. Dr. Mishra’s main research achievements have been in characterizing individual, inter-personal, organizational/community, and societal risk factors leading to disparities in health and in access to and utilization of health care for chronic diseases, and the transformative translation of evidence-based knowledge through scientifically rigorous and theoretically guided community-based interventions to reduce disparities in chronic diseases and enhance health and well-being.

    Dr. Mishra’s research has deepened our understanding of the importance of examining and addressing health and health care disparities within a multi-factorial (biology, health behavior, environment, culture, and social policies) perspective, the importance of equitable community partnerships based on mutual respect and trust both for enhancing community participation in research and for the institutionalization of evidence-based knowledge in social programs and policies, and the need for disaggregating larger geopolitical compositions of groups for the fundamental understanding of health and health disparities. He has been awarded, as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator, over $31 million in extramural support.

teaching overview

  • Dr. Mishra’s teaching philosophy is based on the belief that success is built on knowledge, critical thinking, inquisitiveness, empowerment, and a passion for life-long learning. The teaching philosophy is guided by the works of Brazilian educationalist Paulo Freire, whose innovative theoretical and practical insights and strategies have left an indelible imprint on both formal and informal education. The Freirian educational pedagogy is based on the problem posing (as opposed to the banking) approach to learning. The critical elements of the pedagogy include a partnership between the educator and student, respectful communication and dialogue to stimulate creativity and critical thinking for both the educator and student, informed action linked to values, development of the realization about one’s ability to transform reality, and situational educational activities. As an educator, his general instructional goal is to facilitate the learning process such that the students derive meaning from the new knowledge in a way that is relevant for both the individual and collective good. To complement his research agenda, Dr. Mishra teaches courses on Research Design, and Evidence Based Clinical Practice (i.e., course on Systematic Review), and mentors students, staff, and faculty.