Research Faculty

Dr. Ann Chen - 713.743.6345

Research Assistant Professor    Dr. Chen provides statistical support on grant applications, progress reports, and annual reports; and offers statistical support and data management on large-scale sponsored research and dissemination projects associated with the HEALTH Research Institute. Additionally, she also contributes to the generation of research papers that arises from the data being collected in the HEALTH Research Institute. She has experience in applying advanced statistical and psychometric models in health-related research, social-behavioral science, and medical field studies. She also has experience consulting and working with large group of researchers, and enjoys collaborating with researchers from interdisciplinary fields. She earned her M.S. in Economics and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods) from University of Texas at Austin.


Dixie Sasu - 713.743.7401


Program Manager

Dixie Sasu serves as the Program Manager for the HEALTH Research Institute. She has experience consulting, developing, implementing, and evaluating research and community projects for non-profit and government organizations. Dixie has an interest in projects targeted toward disproportionately affected populations and prefers using a collective impact framework to create lasting social change. She also has experience managing a state grant that increased the quality of adolescent healthcare and quantity of adolescents receiving healthcare, and consults with public health entities to develop programs in targeted Houston communities. Dixie earned a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and a Bachelor’s in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

Victoria Lara - 713.743.4698


Community Education/Outreach Coordinator

Victoria Lara serves as the Bilingual Community Education and Outreach Coordinator. Victoria is University of Houston alumna and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is an active community advocate in Houston’s Hispanic and East End communities. She is an experienced bi-lingual communications professional with a demonstrated history of building long-term corporate, community and governmental relationships. Victoria is skilled in networking, strategy, public relations and community relationship building.