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About Leso Munala, PhD

Dr. Munala's educational background is interdisciplinary in nature. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, a Master's in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her dissertation examined the factors affecting the quality of services provided to female survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi, Kenya. Her current research foci are in exploring and addressing violence against women in East Africa. This includes the development of policies and interventions for survivors of sexual violence , the elimination of harmful cultural practices against women and improving the quality of post-rape care services. Her current research project is focused on exploring prevention and response to sexual violence against school age girls in Kenya, including the age-disparate transactional sex phenomenon.

Positions

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


Grants

2020 - Present Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Gender Based Violence (GBV): A focus on school aged girls in Kenya
St. Catherine University
GHR Innovative Scholarship (GHR) Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
$11,500
2020 - 2020 Understanding the differential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among immigrant and refugee communities
St. Catherine University
GHR Innovative Scholarship (GHR) Grant
Role: Co-Investigator
$15,000
2019 - 2020 Exploring the Social Context and Drivers of Age Disparate Transactional Sex Relationships in Mutomo and Ikutha Districts of Kitui South Sub County
St. Catherine University
GHR Innovative Scholarship (GHR) Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
$15,000
2018 - 2019 An exploration of the sexual cleansing ritual as a public health issue in the Luo community of Kenya
St. Catherine University
Academic Professional Development Committee Grant (APDC)
Role: Principal Investigator
$7,500
2018 - 2019 Exploring the community and environmental factors associated with sexual violence against school-aged girls in the Mutomo and Ikutha Districts of Kitui South Sub County, Kenya
St. Catherine University
GHR Innovative Scholarship (GHR) Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
$15,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Member, Coalition Against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO) group
2015 - Present Member, Minnesota Public Health Association
2009 - Present Member, American Public Health Association
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018- Recognized as a faculty/staff mentor by a student who was nominated for an All- University Student Leadership Award, St. Catherine University
  • 2018- Nominated for the St. Catherine University Excellence in Teaching and advising Award
  • 2018 -Winner of the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Annual Research and Creative Work Award
  • 2019- Winner of the St. Catherine University Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award
  • 2020- Recognized as a faculty/staff mentor by a student who was nominated for an All- University Student Leadership Award, St. Catherine University
  • 2020- Nominated for the St. Catherine University Excellence in Teaching and advising Award
  • 2020- Recipient of the St. Catherine GHR-AEG Faculty Fellowship Award
  • 2021 Nominee, the St. Catherine University Patricia O’Connor Myser Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award
  • 2021 Nominee, the St. Catherine University Excellence in Teaching and advising Award

Courses

  • Dismantling Racism in South Africa and Namibia (UG)
  • Capstone
  • Global Health
  • Violence as a Public Health Issue
  • Global issues in Women’s Health
  • Health Communication
  • Critical Issues in Global Public Health

Education

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2008 - 2013 Ph.D., Public Health, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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2006 - 2008 Master in Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
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2002 - 2006 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, The Ohio State University
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Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6265

Email:


Presentations (22)

Publications (6)