Drawing from her training at The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and The University of Texas at Austin, and 20 years of public health experience, Sonia K. González has a proven track record working with adolescents and young adults in HIV prevention and college health. She is particularly interested in health-tech research concerning poor young people of color to improve health education and connection to clinical services.
Among her many achievements, Dr. González co-founded the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, and served as Deputy Director for Love Heals, and as a Board of Director for the Red Hook Initiative in New York City. She has earned an Interactive Technology Pedagogy (ITP) Certificate and was a New Media Lab fellow at the Graduate Center, and a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellow (NIMH, F31MH099924). She has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College, Brooklyn College in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies in the Healthcare Administration Certificate Program, and currently at the NYU College of Global Public Health, and Hunter College in the Department of Community Health. Most recently, she served as the Health Technology Project Director with the Healthy CUNY Initiative where she drew from a design thinking approach to develop and pilot the Healthy CUNY web-based app on five CUNY campuses with a team of 17 undergraduate and 7 graduate students. When not working, she is traveling, doing yoga, or enjoying good food in Brooklyn.