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About Angela Ekwonye, PhD, CPH

Angela Ekwonye obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology and Education from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, her master's degree in Microbiology, and her Ph.D. in Health Sciences. Dr. Ekwonye's research interest lies heavily in the area of mental health promotion and prevention, with a specific focus on the mechanisms and factors of resiliency underlying the health of vulnerable and diverse populations in the face of social and economic adversity. My expertise includes a strong background in spirituality, meaning, aging, and mental health, with a particular interest in immigrant/refugee and other underserved populations. 


Present Assistant Professor, Public Health, St. Catherine University Public Health Department

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member - Mental Health Section, American Public Health Association (APHA)
2016 - Present Consultant/Instructional Coach, National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
2009 - Present Table Leader (TL), College Board/Educational Testing Service (ETS)
2021 - 2021 Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
2021 - 2021 Member, Minnesota Gerontological Society
2018 - 2021 Member, American Orthopsychiatric Association
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Honors and Awards

  • Sr. Amata Miller Catholic Mission in Action Award, St. Catherine University


  • Global Mental Health
  • Social and Behavioral Health Theories and Applications
  • Senior Seminar in Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Foundations of Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Advanced Placement Biology


2011 PhD Health Sciences, Seton Hall University ‐ Health Sciences
2003 Masters of Science, Seton Hall University ‐ Microbiology
1990 Bachelor of Science, University of Port Harcourt ‐ Biology

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6266


Publications (20)

Presentations (17)