Suad   Ghaddar

Assistant Professor  

Office: EHABW 2.150
Phone: (956) 665-7937
Email: suad.ghaddar@utrgv.edu

Dr. Suad Ghaddar

Dr. Ghaddar's research focuses on understanding the health literacy of different segments of the US-Mexico border population. It has also addressed health care coverage and its impact on the utilization of health care services, the adoption of health information technology in disadvantaged communities, and the design of interventions that help promote health literacy and health system navigation skills as mechanisms to address health disparities in vulnerable populations. Her educational background brings a rich understanding of and perspective on the unique socioeconomic context of the US-Mexico border.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Health Disparities; Health Literacy; Health Education; Health Policy
  • Education

    • PhD, International Business, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2003
    • MBA, Business Administration, American University of Beirut, 1990
    • BBA, Business Administration, American University of Beirut, 1988




Selected Publications


  • Suad Ghaddar, Jihyun Byun, and Janani Krishnaswami. "Health insurance literacy and awareness of the Affordable Care Act in a vulnerable Hispanic population," Patient Education and Counseling (August 2018).

  • Janani Krishnaswami, Paresh Jaini, Raymond Howard, and Suad Ghaddar. "Community-Engaged Lifestyle Medicine: Building Health Equity through Preventive Medicine Residency Training," American Journal of Preventive Medicine (June 2018).

  • Grant Benham, Suad Ghaddar, and Liza Talavera-Garza. "Short sleep duration is associated with obesity in Hispanic manufacturing workers," Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 28, no. 4 (November 2017): 1304-1313.

  • Sharon Schembri and Suad Ghaddar. "A cultural view on healthcare access: Considering the Hispanic perspective," Advances in Consumer Research (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017).

  • Sharon Schembri and Suad Ghaddar. "The Affordable Care Act, the Medicaid coverage gap, and Hispanic consumers: A phenomenology of Obamacare," Journal of Consumer Affairs (February 2017).

  • Suad Ghaddar, John Ronnau, Shawn Saladin, and Glenn Martínez. "Innovative approaches to promote a culturally competent, diverse health care workforce in an institution serving Hispanic students.," Academic Medicine 88, no. 12 (December 2013): 1870-6.

  • Liza Talavera-Garza, Suad Ghaddar, M Valerio, and C Garcia. "Health care access and utilization among Hispanic manufacturing workers along the Texas-Mexico border.," Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 24, no. 2 (May 2013): 656-70.

  • Xiaohui Wang, Suad Ghaddar, Cynthia Brown, J Pagán, and M Balboa. "Alliance for a Healthy Border: Factors Related to Weight Reduction and Glycemic Success," Population Health Management 15, no. 2 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2012): 90-100.

  • Suad Ghaddar, M Valerio, C Garcia, and L Hansen. "Adolescent health literacy: the importance of credible sources for online health information.," The Journal of school health 82, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2012): 28-36.

  • Suad Ghaddar, Cynthia Brown, Jose Pagan, and Violeta Diaz. "Acculturation and Healthy Lifestyle Habits among Hispanics in U.S.-Mexico Border Communities," Pan American Journal of Public Health 28, no. 3 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2010): 190-197.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Yasar Tasnif. Culture Specific Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Advocacy, The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation , $25,000.00 (August 31, 2015)

  • Suad Ghaddar. Social Network Analysis Training, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, (May 3, 2009 - May 8, 2009)



Selected Presentations


  • Suad Ghaddar, Samantha Guerra, Yajaira Ayala, and Laryssa Mykyta. "Understanding Attitudes towards Telehealth: Evidence from the United States-Mexico Border," 1st International Conference on e-Health and Telehealth (ICEHAT), Kathmandu, Nepal (November 2018)

  • Suad Ghaddar, Renee Starr, Esmeralda Guajardo, Mauro Ruiz, Eduardo Olivarez, and Leonel Vela. "Assessing the training needs of the public health workforce along the Texas-Mexico border," American Public Health Association’s 146th Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego (November 2018)

  • Suad Ghaddar, Laryssa Mykyta, Sulema Perales, Sheila Mordan, Tracia Forman, and Leonel Vela. "Examining potential barriers to telehealth adoption in underserved Hispanic communities," American Public Health Association’s 146th Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego (November 2018)

  • Laryssa Mykyta, Suad Ghaddar, and Leonel Vela. "Mental Health on the Texas-Mexico Border," Healthier Texas Summit, University of Texas System and IT’S TIME TEXAS, Austin (October 2018)

  • Laryssa Mykyta, Suad Ghaddar, Sulema Perales, and Sheila Mordan. "Exploring dual-frame survey design to assess mental health needs among a hard-to-reach Hispanic population," BRFSS 2018 Training Workshop, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta (April 2018)

  • Suad Ghaddar and Sharon Schembri. "Challenges to ACA enrollment: Perspective of ACA navigators," American Public Health Association’s 145th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Atlanta (November 2017)

  • Sharon Schembri and Suad Ghaddar. "A cultural view on healthcare access: Considering the Hispanic perspective," Association for Consumer Research North America Conference, Association for Consumer Research, San Diego (October 2017)

  • Suad Ghaddar, Jihyun Byun, and Janani Krishnaswami. "Health Insurance Literacy and Awareness of the Affordable Care Act in Vulnerable Latino Populations," ICCH & HARC (International Conference on Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference), Academy of Communication in Healthcare, Baltimore (October 2017)

  • Renee Starr and Suad Ghaddar. "Health Disparities along the Texas-Mexico Border: Implications and Recommendations," National Association for African American Studies & Affiliates 25th Joint National Conference, Dallas (February 2017)

  • Suad Ghaddar, Yasar Tasnif, and Amira Khan. "A profile of organ donors in a vulnerable Latino community," American Public Health Association’s 144th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver (November 2016)

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