Executive Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Leslie Schulz, PhD



College of Health and Human Services
Room 118
Curriculum Vitae 





Ph.D. 1983.  Cornell University.  Nutritional Biochemistry
M.S. 1977.  North Dakota State University.  Nutrition
B.A. 1974.  University of North Dakota.  Psychology

Positions and Honors 

Positions and Employment 
  • 1983-1988:  Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • 1988-1994:  Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 1994-2004:  Professor, Department of Health Sciences.  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2000-2001:  Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2001-2003:  Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
  • 2002-2004:  Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2004-2006:  Dean, College of Health Sciences and Charles H. and Shirley T. Leavell Professor of Health Sciences. The University of Texas at El Paso
  • 2007-present:  Executive Dean, College of Health and Human Services, Northern Arizona University
  • 1988 - Fulbright Scholar, Department of Biochemistry, Dhaka University, Bangladesh.
  • 1990 - Visiting Associate Professor, An-Najah National University, Israeli-occupied West Bank.
  • 1992 - Visiting Scientist, Clinical Nutrition Research Center, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1995 - Fulbright Scholar, Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, Cuernavaca, Mexico.
  • 2007 - Visiting Scholar, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
  • 2008-present - Regular member of Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetics NIH Study Section.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications 

Begay, R.C., Chaudhari, L.S., Schulz, L.O., Esparza, J., Urquidez, R. (2011) Exploration of gardens in Maycoba, Mexico. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society (in press).

de Heer, H.D., Balcazar, H.G., Castro, F. & Schulz, L.O. (2011).  A path analysis to model a contextual framework of a randomized CVD prevention trial for at-risk Hispanic adults.  Health Education and Behavior (in press).

de Heer, H.D., Balcazar, H.G., Cardenas, V., Schulz, L.O. (2011).  Ethnic pride and cardiovascular health among Mexican American adults along the U.S. – Mexican Border.  Hispanic Journal aof Behavioral Sciences 33(2).

Esparza – Romero, J., Valencia, M.E., Martinez, M.E., Ravussin, E., Schulz, L.O., Bennett, P.H. (2010)  Differences in insulin resistance in Mexican and U.S. Pima Indians with normal glucose tolerance.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. PMID:20668044.

Balcazar, H.G., de Heer, H., Rosenthal, L., Aguirre, M., Flores, L., Puentes, F.A., Cardenas, V.M., Duarte, M.O., Ortiz, M., Schulz, L.O. (2010).  A promotores de salud intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in a high-risk Hispanic border population, 2005-2008.  Preventing Chronic Disease, 7,(2).  PMID:20158973.


Balcazar, H., Rosenthal, L., de Heer, H., Aguirre, M., Flores, L., Vasquez, E., Duarte, M., Schulz, L.O., (2009).  Use of a community-based participatory research to disseminate baseline results from a cardiovascular disease randomized community trial for Mexican Americans living in a U.S. – Mexico border community.  Education for Health, 22, 3.  PMID:20029761.

Schulz, L.O., Bennett, P.H., Ravussin, E., Kidd, J.R., Kidd, K.K., Esparza, J., Valencia, M.E., (2006) Effect of traditional and western environments on prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the Pima Indians in Mexico and the U.S.  Diabetes Care, 29: 1866-1871.  PMID:16873794.

Kidd, K.K., Pakstis, A.J., Speed, W.C., Grigorenko, E.L., Kajuna, S.L.B., Karoma, N.J., Kungulilo, S. Kim, J.J., Lu, R.B., Odunsi, A., Okonofua, F., Parnas, J., Schulz, L.O., Zhukova, O.V., Kidd, J.R. (2006) Developing a SNP panel for forensic identification of individuals.  Forensic Science International, 164: 20-32.  PMID:16360294.

Valencia, M.E., Neil, E., Nelson, R.G., Esparza, J., Schulz, L.O., Ravussin, E., Bennett, P.H. (2005) Impact of lifestyle on prevalence of kidney disease in Pima Indians in Mexico and the United States.  Kidney International. 97:S141-144.  PMID:16014093.

Osier, M.V., Pakstis, A.J., Soodyall, H., Comas, D., Goldman, D., Odunsi, K., Okonofua, F., Parnas, J., Schulz, L.O., Bertranpetit, J., Bonne-Tamir, B., Lu, R., Kidd, J.R., Kidd, K.K. (2002) A global perspective on   genetic variation at the ADH genes reveals unusual patterns of linkage disequilibrium and diversity. American Journal of Human Genetics 71:84-99.

DeMille, M.C.M., Kidd, J.R., Ruggeri, V., Palmatier, M.A., Goldman, D., Odunsi, A., Okonofua, F., Grigorenko, E., Schulz, L.O., Bonne-Tamir, B., Lu, R.B., Parnas, J., Pakstis, A.J., Kidd, K.K. (2002) Population variation in linkage disequilibrium across the COMT gene considering promoter region and coding region variation. Human Genetics 111(6) 521-537.  PMID:12436243.

Kidd, J.R., Pakastis, A.J., Zhao, H, Lu, R., Okonofua, F.E., Odunsi, A., Grigorenko, E., Bonne-Tamir, B., Friedlaender, J., Schulz, L.O., Parnas, J., Kidd, K.K. (2000) Haplotypes and linkage disequilibrium at the phenylalanine hydroxylase locus PAH, in a global representation of populations. American Journal of Human Genetics 66: 1882-1899.

Esparza, J., Fox, C., Harper, I.T., Bennett, P.H., Schulz, L.O., Valencia, M.E., Ravussin, E. (2000) Daily energy expenditure in Mexican and USA Pima Indians: Low physical activity as a possible cause of obesity. International Journal of Obesity 24:55-59.

Valencia, M.E., Bennett, P.H., Ravussin, E., Esparza, J., Fox, C., Schulz, L.O. (1999) The Pima Indians in Sonora, Mexico. Nutrition Reviews 57:S55-S58.

Fox, C., Esparza, J., Nicholson, M., Bennett, P.H., Schulz, L.O., Valencia, M.E., Ravussin, E.  (1999) Plasma leptin concentration in Pima Indians living in drastically different environments.  Diabetes Care 22,413-417.

Ongoing Research Support  

1 R01DK082568-01A1
NIH      2009-2011
Project Title:  Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity in Mexican Pima Indians: Gene-environment Interactions.
Purpose:  To conduct a 15-year followup on 1995 study of obesity and type 2 diabetes of Pima Indians in Mexico.
Role:  Principal Investigator

Minority Supplement to 1 ROIDK082568-OIAI, NIH
Project Title:  Minority Supplement
Purpose:  Mentorship or Dr. Cruz Begay
Role:  Principal Investigator

Selected Completed Research Support 

S11ES013339-02 A1                                                                                                                09/22/05 – 07/31/10
Project Title:  UTEP-UNM ARCH Program on Border Asthma
Purpose:  To determine whether children breathing air in the most polluted parts of El Paso have an increased prevalence of asthma.
Role:  Senior Science Advisor

2R24 MD001785-04                                                                                                                10/01/08 – 06/30/08
NIH National Center for Minority Health Disparities
Project Title:  Can CHW/PS Promote Lifestyle and Environmental Changes to Reduce CVD Risk in Texas?
Purpose:  To determine the role of promotoras in reducing lifestyle risk factors for CVD.
Role:  Principal investigator (converted to Senior Consultant when I left Texas).

R24 MD00011785-01                                                                                                              09/01/05 – 08/31/08
NIH National Center for Minority Health Disparities
Project Title:  Can promotoras Change Clinical Outcomes for Chronic Diseases in El Paso, Texas?
Purpose:  To determine an optimal intervention using promotoras to decrease chronic disease.
Role:  Principal Investigator

T37 MD0001376-01                                                                                                                07/01/06 – 06/30/08
NIH National Center for Minority Health Disparities
Project Title:  U.S. Mexico Interdisciplinary Research Training Program
Purpose:  To offer international health disparities research opportunities to Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students.
Role:  Co-Principal Investigator

IU26 9400014                                                                                                                                      09/01/03 – 08/31/04
Indian Health Service
Project Title:  American-Indian Science Scholars – Sub-project of a Native American Research Center for Health
Purpose:  The objective was to involve American Indian students in research at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  My role was reassigned when I left Wisconsin.
Role:  Principal Investigator

R01 DK – 49957                                                                                                                                              09/01/94 – 08/31/99
Project Title:  NIDDM and Obesity in Pima Indians:  Role of Environment
Purpose:  To study two groups of Pima Indians living in dramatically different environments to determine effects on type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Role:  Principal Investigator