Dr. Beth Hoffman, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an associate professor in the Public Health Department and a Special Assistant the President for Los Angeles Based Curriculum at Cal State LA. She received her M.P.H. in 2002 from the University of Southern California’s Institute for Prevention Research and her Ph.D. in 2005 from the same institution. She is an expert in social network analysis and her dissertation focused on the effects of friends’ smoking on adolescent tobacco use behaviors. She is the founder of the Los Angeles-Based Learning Symposium at Cal State LA, which is an opportunity for faculty from around the Los Angeles basin to discuss their place-based pedagogy with like-minded others from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Her current research focuses on factors influencing sex- and drug-related behaviors of transgender women and gay men, among others. An advocate for healthy sexuality, she created and regularly teaches an undergraduate-level course on sex and sexuality targeted for public health and child development undergraduate students.
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