PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1996
BS, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 1978
Dr. Figueroa’s research has focused on the understanding of health behavior in developing country settings. She is interested in the use of interdisciplinary research and the use of different theoretical approaches and methodologies for a more comprehensive study of cultural, household and individual factors that account for health behavior differentials. Dr. Figueroa’s current research interests include: developing a better understanding of the social and cultural factors that explain safe water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors, including the role of the household and community traits in such practices. In addition, Dr. Figueroa is testing and using innovative methodologies to better understand gender and sexual norms underlying HIV prevalence in Mozambique.
Dr. Figueroa is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Johns Hopkins University Global Water Program.