Fernando Ona


Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department of Anthropology
Department of Community Health

Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.0362
Fax: 617.636.4017
Email: fernando.ona@tufts.edu

PhD, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco
MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
MSW, Boston University School of Social Work

Research Focus:

  • Trauma: Survivors of Torture, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Vicarious Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue, Narrative Medicine 


  • Environmental Health: Slum/Informal Settlements Health, Solid Waste Management, Food Safety and Sanitation, Global Disaster Management/Humanitarian Aid, Pesticide Exposure, Political Ecology, Environmental Health Social Movements


  • Epidemiology: Environmental Epidemiology, Spatial Epidemiology (CI/PPGIS)


  • Sociomedical Sciences: Embodiment, Social Exclusion/Inclusion, Institutions, Adultification, Mental Health, Resilience and Risk, Human Ecology, Systems Theory


  1. Sheats JL, Middlestadt SM, Ona F, Juarez P, Kolbe J. (2013) Understanding African-American women's decisions to buy and eat dark green leafy vegetables: an application of the Reasoned Action Approach. J Nutr Educ Behav. In press.
  2. Bonilla, Z. and Ona, F. (2011) Paving New Paths for Health Education in the Global South: Lessons from the RAICES Project. The Health Education Monograph Vol.28(1): 26-31.
  3. Bonilla, Z., Ona, F. and Morrison, S. (2010) Health Education Practice and Global Health (eds.). The Health Education Monograph Vol. 27(2).
  4. Kennedy-Armbruster, C., Huber-Lorenzen, L., Ona, F. (2008) Increasing Functional Physical Activity among Older Adults Using Internet-based Video Conferencing.  ACSM Health and Fitness Journal.
  5. Bhatia, R. and Ona, F. (2002) Youth ENVISION: A Collaboration for Community Food Security. Health Education and Behavior Vol. 29, No. 3, 281-286.