Associate Professor, DrPH, MPH
Division of Epidemiology
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Current Research Interests
Health disparities, in particular obesity and diabetes (metabolic and nutritional disorders)
intimate partner violence (injuries)
immigrant health and acculturation in the Latino community.
McTigue KM, Chang YF, Eaton C, Garcia L, Johnson KC, Lewis CE, Liu S, Mackey RH, Robinson J, Rosal MC, Snetselaar L, Valoski A, Kuller LH. (2014). Severe obesity, heart disease, and death among white, African American, and Hispanic postmenopausal women. Obesity, 22(3):801-10.
Garcia L, Qi L, Rasor M, Clark CJ, Bromberger J, Gold EB. (2014). The relationship of violence and traumatic stress to changes in weight and waist circumference: longitudinal analyses from the study of women's health across the nation. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(8):1459-76.
Azarbal F, Stefanick ML, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Manson JE, Albert CM, LaMonte MJ, Larson JC, Li W, Martin LW, Nassir R, Garcia L, Assimes TL, Tharp KM, Hlatky MA, Perez MV. (2014). Obesity, physical activity, and their interaction in incident atrial fibrillation in postmenopausal women. Journal of the American Hearth Association, 3(4):pii: e001127. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.114.0011.
Qi L, Nassir R, Kosoy R, Garcia L, Waetjen LE, Ochs-Balcom HM, Gass M, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2013).Relationship between hysterectomy and admixture in African American women. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 208(4):279 e1-7.
Chomistek AK, Manson JE, Stefanick ML, Lu B, Sands-Lincoln M, Going SB, Garcia L, Allison MA, Sims ST, LaMonte MJ, Johnson KC, Eaton CB. (2013). Relationship of sedentary behavior and physical activity to incident cardiovascular disease: results from the Women's Health Initiative. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 61(23):2346-54.
Ma Y, Hebert JR, Balasubramanian R, Wedick NM, Howard BV, Rosal MC, Liu S, Bird CE, Olendzki BC, Ockene JK, Wactawski-Wende J, Phillips LS, Lamonte MJ, Schneider KL, Garcia L, Ockene IS, Merriam PA, Sepavich DM, Mackey RH, Johnson KC, Manson JE. (2013). All-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality rates in postmenopausal white, black, Hispanic, and Asian women with and without diabetes in the United States: the Women's Health Initiative, 1993-2009. American Journal of Epidemiology, 178(10):1533-41.
Manini T, Lamonte M, Seguin R, Manson JA, Hingle M, Garcia L, Stefanick M, Rodriguez B, Sims S, Yiquing S, Limacher M. (2013). Sitting time and development of diabetes in the Women's Health Initiative. Obesity, [Epub ahead of print]
Kosoy R, Qi L, Nassir R, Garcia L, Allison M, Shigeta R, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2012). Relationship between hypertension and admixture in post-menopausal African American and Hispanic American women. Journal of Human Hypertension, 26(6):365-73.
Nassir R, Qi L, Kosoy R, Garcia L, Allison M, Ochs-Balcom HM, Tylavsky F, Manson JE, Shigeta R, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2012). Relationship between adiposity and admixture in African-American and Hispanic-American women. International Journal of Obesity, 36(2):304-13.
Garcia L, Gold EB, Wang L, Yang X, Mao M, Schwartz AV. (2012). The relation of acculturation to overweight, obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes among U.S. Mexican-American women and men.Ethnicity & Disease, 22(1):58-64.
Qi L, Nassir R, Kosoy R, Garcia L, Curb JD, Tinker L, Howard BV, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2012).Relationship between diabetes risk and admixture in postmenopausal African-American and Hispanic-American women. Diabetologia, 55(5):1329-37.
Nassir R, Qi L, Kosoy R, Garcia L, Robbins J, Seldin MF. (2012). Relationship Between Gallbladder Surgery and Ethnic Admixture in African American and Hispanic American Women. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 107:932-40.
Kroenke CH, Michael Y, Tindle H, Gage E, Chlebowski R, Garcia L, Messina C, Manson JE, Caan BJ. (2012). Social networks, social support and burden in relationships, and mortality after breast cancer diagnosis. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 133(1):375-85.
Thomson CA, Wertheim BC, Hingle M, Wang L, Neuhouser ML, Gong Z, Garcia L, Stefanick ML, Manson JE. (2012). Alcohol consumption and body weight change in postmenopausal women: results from the Women's Health Initiative. International Journal of Obesity, 36(9):1158-64.
Ma Y, Hebert JR, Manson JE, Balasubramanian R, Liu S, Lamonte MJ, Bird CE, Ockene JK, Qiao Y, Olendzki B, Schneider KL, Rosal MC, Sepavich DM, Wactawski-Wende J, Stefanick ML, Phillips LS, Ockene IS, Kaplan RC, Sarto GE, Garcia L, Howard BV. (2012). Determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in incidence of diabetes in postmenopausal women in the U.S.: The Women's Health Initiative 1993-2009. Diabetes Care, 35(11):2226-34.
Martin KR, Garcia L. (2011). Unintended pregnancy and intimate partner violence before and during pregnancy among Latina women in Los Angeles, California. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(6):1157-75.
Garcia L, Soria C, Hurwitz EL. (2007). Homicides and intimate partner violence: a literature review.Trauma Violence Abuse, 8(4):370-83.
Castro, R, Garcia, L, Ruiz, A, Peek-Asa, C. (2006). Developing an Index to Measure Violence Against Women for Comparative Studies Between Mexico and the United States. Journal of Family Violence, 21(1):95-104.
Garcia L, Hurwitz EL, Kraus JF. (2005). Acculturation and reported intimate partner violence among Latinas in Los Angeles. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20(5):569-90.
de la Torre A, Hernandez-Rodriguez C, Garcia L. (2004). Cost analysis in telemedicine: empirical evidence from sites in Arizona. Journal of Rural Health, 20(3):253-7.
Garcia, L., Hurwitz, E.L., Kraus, J.F., de la Torre, A. (2004). An Epidemiological Study of Intimate Partner Violence and Latinas: USA, Mexico, and Central America. Journal of Border Health, 7(1):21-32.
Castro R, Peek-Asa C, Garcia L, Ruiz A, Kraus JF. (2003). Risks for abuse against pregnant Hispanic women: Morelos, Mexico and Los Angeles County, California. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 25(4):325-32.
Peek-Asa C, Garcia L, McArthur D, Castro R. (2002). Severity of intimate partner abuse indicators as perceived by women in Mexico and the United States. Women Health, 35(2-3):165-80.
de la Torre, A, Friis, R, Hunter, HR, Ellis, BK, Garcia, L. (1999). The Health Insurance Status of Older Latinas: a Population at Risk. Journal of Border Health, 4(1):23-31.
de la Torre A, Friis R, Hunter HR, Garcia L. (1996). The health insurance status of US Latino women: A profile from the 1982-1984 HHANES. American journal of Public Health, 86(4):533-7.
Public Health Traineeship Award, Boston University School of Public Health, September 1995
Graduate Equity Fellowship, October 1992-1993
Travel Grant Recipient. Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, National
Coordinating Center, Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). San Diego, California, November 14-18, 2012
Boston University School of Public Health Departmental Merit Scholarship , (Epidemiology and Biostatistics, May 1993-1995
Travel Grant Recipient. 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, National Institute of
Public Health (INSP), Mexico, March 2008
Academic Senate Research Travel Award, UC Davis. Annual Meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Seattle, Washington, June 24-27, 2014
Student Award. Epidemiology Section, Congress of Epidemiology, June 2001
Public Health Traineeship Award, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health, June 1998-2002
California Pre-Doctoral Summer Internship Award, June 1993
National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations (COSSMHO) Pre-Doctoral Fellow, June 1992-1993
SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute, SACNAS, AAAS, and Stanford University. Menlo Park, California, July 14-18, 2014
Outstanding Employee Performance Award, Dean's Office, UCLA School of Public Health, August 1997
California Pre-Doctoral Scholar, August 1992-1993
President's Honor Roll, CSU Long Beach, 1984-1987, 1990-1993
Dean's List, CSU Long Beach, 1984-1987, 1990-1993