CHSS in the Media

A selection of recent stories in the media featuring members of the College community

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Family Acceptance Project Director Caitlin Ryan gave a presentation on supporting families with LGBT youth at a Salt Lake City conference. Deseret News, Presenters: Families a frequently ignored resource in helping LGBTQ youth avoid suicide, depression (4/18/17)

An SF State study by Professor of Health Education Erik Peper is mentioned in a story about a similar New Zealand study about the link between good posture and mental health. Independent, This is spinal zap (4/11/17)

A study by the Family Acceptance Project on homosexual and trans youth and family acceptance is referenced in an op-ed about LGBTQ youths and conversion therapy. Longmont Times-Call, Conversion therapy is harmful to LGBTQ youths (4/9/17)

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper writes about how shoulder exercises help reduce muscular tension and neck pain. The Western Edition, Shoulder exercises to help reduce muscular tension and neck pain (4/6/17)

Professor and Chair of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz talks about the push to recycle, re-use and repurpose items like old shirts and table cloths. KRON4, Studio interview with San Francisco's Clean Waste Initiative (4/2/17) - links to video


Professor of Health Education Michele Eliason comments on why LGBTQ adolescents are more prone to start smoking cigarettes. Reuters, Lesbian and bisexual girls more likely than other teens to smoke  (3/27/17). The story also appeared in International Business Times (3/29/17), NBC News (3/27/17), WHTC (3/27/17) and WTAQ (3/27/17).

Associate Professor of Health Education José Ramón Fernández-Peña comments on the impact of foreign health care workers on U.S. patient care. U.S. News and World Report, How Foreign Health Providers Impact U.S. Health Care (3/22/17)

Professor of Health Education Ramón Castellblanch comments on the Republican proposal to cap Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Health Care Act. The Commercial Appeal, AHCA cuts subsidies here by $1,826 (3/21/17). The story also appeared in Statesman Journal (3/21/17), Poughkeepsie Journal (3/21/17), Record Searchlight (3/21/17) and Las Cruces Sun-News (3/21/17) 

Professor of Health Education Ramón Castellblanch weighs in on the probability of the proposed Affordable Health Care Act passing the House and Senate as is. Wallethub, Ask the Experts, (3/20/17)

Carlos Davidson, a professor in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, comments on the calls frogs make to attract mates. The Scientist, Untangling the Social Webs in Frog Choruses (3/1/17)

Assistant Professor of Consumer and Family Studies Gretchen George co-authored a study that found that a Fresno-area summer camp may help children adopt healthier lifestyles. Valley Public Radio, Study Suggests Fresno Summer Camp Promotes Healthy Lifestyles (2/28/17) link to audio

Roma Guy, a former lecturer in the Department of Health Education, is portrayed in the ABC miniseries “When We Rise” about the LGBT rights movement in San Francisco. Bustle, What Is Roma Guy Doing Now? The 'When We Rise' Activist Has An Inspiring Career (3/1/17). Another story on the same topic was published in SFist (2/28/17).


Research by Professor of Sociology Gilbert Herdt is mentioned in an article about the link between the decline in youth suicide attempts and same-sex marriage laws. PBS NewsHour, Same-sex marriage laws linked to fewer youth suicide attempts, new study says (2/20/17)

Professor Emeritus of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Nancy Rabolt discusses free speech on college campuses in an op-ed. Half Moon Bay Review, We must protect 'hate speech' if we value free speech (2/15/17)


A study by Professor of Health Education Erik Peper on posture and its effect on mood is referenced in a story on the mental health benefits of good posture. Medical Daily, Sitting Up Straight May Treat Depression Symptoms, Boost Happiness (1/31/17) . The same study is also mentioned in The Marshalltown (2/8/17).

Research by Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies Darius Bost is mentioned in an article about queer resistance to Vice President Mike Pence. Mic Network, Why a queer dance party was the best way to protest Mike Pence (1/19/17)

In an interview in a Dublin, Calif. blog, undergraduate Sabrina Tabaracci says she chose SF State because of the variety of options within the Kinesiology major., Life at San Francisco State University – From Gael to Gator (1/11/17)

Colleen Hoff, professor of sexuality studies and director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, comments on a new study that found young gay men who are part of a couple favor monogamy. Edge Media Network, New Study: Younger Gay Men Favoring Monogamy (1/5/17)



SF State student Michela Gregory, who was studying child development, was among the victims of the Oakland warehouse fire. San Jose Mercury News, Oakland fire victims: Michela Gregory, 20, creative, ambitious, soulmate (12/7/16); KQED, Michela Angelina Gregory, 'Golden, Stellar' Student and Writer (12/13/16)

MPA alumnus Charles Cole tweeted about his parents' graduation from college, and it went viral. The two were inspired to go back to college by their son's example. ABC News, Proud Son Boasts About Parents Graduating From College in Now Viral #ParentSelfie (12/8/16)

Golden Gate XPress, SF State remembers Michela Gregory (12/6/16). Numerous other outlets reported on this story, including  the Associated PressBuzzFeed; the Los Angeles Times; the Chicago Tribune, KRON, KTVU, KPIX, NBC Bay Area, KBCW, KCBS Radio, KFBK Sacramento, KABC Los Angeles, KRXI Reno and more.


An editorial references research from SF State’s Family Acceptance Project on the impact of family rejection or acceptance of their LGBTQ+ children. The Pitt News, Pittsburgh must protect LGBTQ children from conversion therapy (11/30/16) 

An article about fitness trackers references SF State kinesiology research about the various ways to measure body composition. Wareable, Body composition explained: Why it’s important for fitness trackers (11/17/16)

Criminal Justice Studies Lecturer Dan Macallair comments on alleged use of excessive force by jail guards in Santa Clara County. ABC 7 News Bay Area, I-Team: Santa Clara County jail guards accused of brutal retaliation against inmate (11/5/16) 

Research from SF State’s Family Acceptance Project has found that actions and behaviors of parents with LGBT children can have a bigger impact on their health and well-being than words. The Huffington Post, New Mormon Website Says It's Okay to Be a Gay Mormon. Well, Sort Of. (11/1/16) 


Lecturer in Social Work Sonia Melara is a member of the San Francisco Police Commission. Mission Local, Meet the Commissioners Selecting Candidates for SF’s New Police Chief (10/17/16)

Associate Professor of Health Education José Ramón Fernandez-Pena comments on the Little Hoover Commission's report on easing occupational licensing barriers to employment. Capital Public Radio, Are Rigid Employment Licensing Requirements Hurting California's Economy? (10/4/16) - links to audio.  The program was also broadcast on KPCC-FM, KXJZ-FM and KCRW-FM. 


Professor of Health Education Erik Peper recommends techniques for remembering information. The Western Edition, Thinking aids – do you freeze up and cannot remember? (9/30/16) 

Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology Andreana Clay spoke at Boston College about the role hip-hop culture has played in social justice movements. The Heights, ‘Hell You Talmbout?:’ Professor Gives Lecture on Role of Hip-Hop in Black Lives Matter Movement (9/29/16)

SF State will host a two-day symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking film “The Watermelon Woman,” directed by and starring Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye. The symposium is organized by Assistant Professor of Sexual Studies Darius Bost. Bay Area Reporter, Symposium honors 20th anniversary of 'Watermelon Woman' (9/15/16)

Utah’s attempted teenage suicide rate is eight times higher than any other state, according to research led by Caitlyn Ryan at SF State’s Family Acceptance Project. The Huffington Post, Mormon Church Leaders: There’s An Easy Fix To Prevent Mormon LGBT Teen Suicides (9/14/16) 

An article about gay couples cites a 2010 study by the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) that found that approximately 50 percent of gay male relationships are open. Frontiers, The Truth About Open Relationships (9/12/16)

Soyeon Park, associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, answers questions about how to evaluate which cities are best for children and families. WalletHub, 2016's Best & Worst Cities for Families (9/7/16). She is also quoted on this topic in the Palm Beach Post and Metro.

Nursing alumna Luisa Blue, who serves as executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, is the first-ever Asian American/Pacific Islander to serve as an international union officer., Fil-am is US trade unions' highest-ranking Asian official (9/5/16)

Mickey Eliason, professor of health education and assistant dean for faculty development and scholarship, is quoted in a story about lesbian and bisexual women's health behaviors. Bay Area Reporter, Study shows steps lesbian, bi women can take to be healthier (9/1/16). The story also appeared in EdgeMediaNetwork.

Valerie Francisco, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted in a story about the anti-drug policies of Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines. New Republic, Will Anyone Stop Rodrigo Duterte? (9/1/16)

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Efforts to keep junk food out of school cafeterias are more successful in wealthier neighborhoods than in low-income neighborhoods, according to a study co-authored by Associate Professor of Health Education Emma V. Sanchez-Vaznaugh. Healthline, Battle Intensifies to Keep Junk Food Out of School Lunch Rooms (8/30/16) 

Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Patrick Tierney weighs in on the business of “glamping,” or glamour camping in the Bay Area. San Francisco Chronicle, As camping becomers 'glamping,' rugged Angel Island to add cabins (8/28/16) - requires subscription to view

Kinesiology major Jacquelyn Espinoza, a second-year resident adviser, is quoted in a story about move-in day. Golden Gate Xpress, Incoming students make their beds and their mark at SF State (8/26/16)

A story spotlights Project Rebound, which helps those who have spent time in jail or prison earn college degrees. The project was started by the late sociology professor John Irwin. Project Director and Criminal Justice Lecturer Jason Bell is quoted, as is Associate Professor of Sociology Chris Bettinger. The Atlantic, From Convict to College Student (8/26/16)

Ramón Castellblanch, professor of health education, comments on the power of the drug industry. San Francisco Chronicle, Reining in drug prices now up to voters with Prop. 61 (8/25/16)

Professor of Health Education Michele Eliason has contributed to a nationwide group intervention study aimed at improving quality of life for older lesbian and bisexual women. The Olympian, Study: Lesbian, bisexual women developing healthier lives (8/12/16)

Caitlin Ryan, director of SF State's Family Acceptance Project, will address the critical role of family support in preventing suicide at the "Stronger Communities: LBGTQ+ Suicide Prevention" conference in North Carolina. Citizen-Times, LGBT suicide conference planned (8/12/16) 

Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Nina Roberts discusses race and culture in outdoor recreation. KQED-FM, "National Parks Have Some Work to Do to Become ‘Parks for All’" (8/8/16). The story also appears in Environment Guru (8/8/16), and Roberts also comments on this topic on KPCC-FM (8/13/16).

Nadine Agosta, lecturer in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, offers tips for parents of toddlers who throw tantrums. Deseret News, Parents, it's okay for your toddler to have tantrums (8/2/16) 

Research by the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) is cited in a story about college sexual consent policies. CREGS researcher and San Jose State Professor Jason Laker is quoted. Inside Higher Ed, "'It Just Happened'" (8/2/16) and The College Fix, Feminist scholar’s research finds that ‘yes means yes’ sex policies don’t work in practice (8/2/16)

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A blog post references research by SF State's Family Acceptance Project that linked rejection to LGBT teen suicide and lower self-esteem. The Huffington Post, The Danger of Statutory Rape Laws After Orlando (7/24/16)

Andreana Clay, chair of the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, is quoted about hip-hop artists' weaving of social issues into their music, in the Houston Chronicle , Mayor, Houston rappers join forces (7/25/16)

Jim Dudley, a lecturer in Criminal Justice Studies, commented on recent death threats aimed at San Francisco police officers. New Threat Against San Francisco Police Officers, Days After Chief Threatened, KNTV-SF (NBC) (7/21/16) - link to video

SF State's Family Acceptance Project and its work within religious communities is mentioned in a story about a gay Mormon who committed suicide, Devotion and despair: The lonely struggle of a gay Mormon, CNN (7/19/16)

SF State's Project Rebound and its director Jason Bell were featured in an article on the TakePart news website, Ex-Offender Is Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline (7/13/16)

Criminal Justice Lecturer James Dudley discusses police reform measures in a radio segment, Blue Ribbon Panel Finds ‘Code of Silence’ within SFPD, on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny (7/12/16)

Apparel Design & Merchandising alumna Van Tran (B.S., '14) is the grand prize winner of the 12th annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest. NBC News, On a Roll: Meet the Winner of the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest (7/12/16)

SF State's Family Acceptance Project is referenced in a piece about LGBT-related youth suicides in Utah, KUTV (CBS), Is Utah's youth suicide rate linked to Utah's culture surrounding LGBT? (7/6/16)

Group intervention can be an effective tool to help older LGBT women who are overlooked in the realm of health care, says research by Professor of Health Education Michele Eliason and colleagues. Stories appear in, Science and ScienceBlogs (7/8/16)

Jason Bell, lecturer in Criminal Justice Studies and director of Project Rebound at SF State, is quoted in a story on KPCC public radio, New college program gives ex-convicts support to earn degrees (7/5/16)

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper authored an article in a neighborhood newspaper, The Western Edition, "Are LED Screens Causing Harm to the Vision of Computer Users?" (7/2/16)

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Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Tony Sparks is quoted in a story about homeless and food insecure students. Golden Gate Xpress, Improvements planned for 'abysmallly low' University support of homeless students (6/29/16)

Jillian Sobol (B.S. '16, Hospitality and Tourism Management), was abandoned and found as a newborn in an SF State laundry room 32 years ago. Esther Wannenmacher (now Raiger), B.S. '86, then a nursing student, used what she had learned about neonatal care to help the baby survive until paramedics arrived. Both appear on NBC Nightly News, Meet the Abandoned Dorm Baby Who's Now Graduating College (6/29/16) 

Adweek reports that Professor Marilyn Mitchell (Kinesiology) is among those featured in Women's Running magazine in a story about transgender runners, Transgender Athlete Covers Women’s Running ‘Body Issue’ (6/14/16)

Professor Connie Ulasewicz (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics) talks about sustainability in fashion during a panel discussion hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California broadcast on KQED Radio, You Are What You Wear: Fashion Matters (6/11/16) - link to audio

Research by Professor Patrick Tierney (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) is cited in the Marin Independent Journal, Study shows Latinos, seniors not frequenting Marin's county parks (6/10/16) and Marin IJ Editorial: Taking a good look at our county parks (6/18/16); and in the Point Reyes Light, Seniors, Latinos report access barriers to parks (6/15/16)

In a podcast in Irish Times, Roe McDermott, a journalist, columnist and a Fulbright Scholar in the Sexuality Studies & Sociology Dept., discusses what the Stanford case tells us about everyday sexism and how sexual assault is handled in and out of the courts system in Ireland,  ‘Make sure you’re the guy on the bike, not Brock Turner’ (6/10/16) 

Professor Raquel O. Rivera Pinderhughes (Urban Studies & Planning) is quoted in a story about Portland's fear of becoming the next San Francisco, in SF Weekly, Fear of a Frisco Planet (6/8/16)

Research by Professor Nina Roberts (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) is cited in NPQ, Is Historical Racial Discrimination a Barrier to U.S. Parks? (6/8/16)

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More than 125 media outlets reported on the graduation of Jillian Sobol (B.S. '16, Hospitality and Tourism Management), who was abandoned and found as a newborn in an SF State laundry room 32 years ago. Esther Wannenmacher (now Raiger), B.S. '86, then a nursing student, used what she had learned about neonatal care to help the baby survive until paramedics arrived. Coverage included stories in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, Time Magazine, New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, KSL-AM, WGN-TV, The Republic, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Miami Herald, USA Today, FOX News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, ABC News, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Antonio Express-News, Albany Times Union, WABC-TV (ABC), KGO-SF (ABC), The Detroit News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Las Vegas Sun, Memphis Sun Times, The Kansas City Star, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The Charlotte Observer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, ABC Columbia, WLS-TV (ABC) and FOX 29 News Philadelphia (5/30/16–6/2/16)

SF State’s Family Acceptance Project is mentioned in Deseret News (Utah), Provo forum to explore roles of family, faith in helping LGBTQ youth (5/30/16)

Professor Erik Pepper (Health Education) is quoted in My Broadband, Sit your way to a productive day (5/4/16)

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Professor Nina Roberts (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) writes an op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner, GGNRA dog plan enhances diversity (4/28/16)

Lecturer and and Internship Coordinator Nadine Agosta (Child & Adolescent Development) is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Talking to children about homelessness; Keep it simple, compassionate (4/15/16)

Associate Professor Ramón Castellblanch (Health Education) is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, KaloBios distances itself from ‘pharma bro’ ex-CEO Martin Shkreli (4/11/16)

Lecturer James Dudley (Criminal Justice Studies) is a guest on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny, Fatal SFPD Shooting of Homeless Man Latest Incident in Police Use-of-Force (4/11/16)


Professor Erik Pepper (Health Education) is quoted in Quartz, Cognitive science suggests the way we use smartphones is making us feel powerless (3/22/16)

Professor Nina Roberts (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) is among those quoted in a story about the signing of a memorandum of understanding between SF State and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in the Golden Gate Xpress, SF State Solidifies Relationship with National Parks Internship (3/15/16)

Assistant Professor Alex Gerould (Criminal Justice Studies) is quoted in EcoRI, Expert Panel Says U.S. Justice System Needs Reform (3/13/16)

Professor Erik Pepper (Health Education) is quoted in Redbook, 7 Things Holistic Doctors Tell Their Friends About Integrative Medicine (3/9/16)

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