Committed to social justice.


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Drawing from her training at The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and The University of Texas at Austin, Sonia K. González has a proven track record since 1995 working with adolescents and young adults in HIV prevention and college health. She is particularly interested in mobile health-tech research concerning poor young people of color to improve sexual health education and connection to clinical services.
Among her many achievements, Dr. González co-founded the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, and served as Deputy Director for Love Heals and as a Board of Director for the Red Hook Initiative. She has earned an Interactive Technology & Pedagogy (ITP) Certificate, and was a  New Media Lab fellow at  the Graduate Center, and was a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellow (NIMH, F31MH099924). She has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences. Most recently, she served as the Health Technology Project Director with the Healthy CUNY Initiative where she drew from a design thinking approach to develop and pilot the Healthy CUNY web-based app on five CUNY campuses with a team of 17 undergraduate and 7 graduate students.
When not working, she is traveling, cycling, enjoying good food, or playing with her kiddo in Brooklyn.




The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Doctorate of Public Health, Community, Society, and Health Track,  December 2017
Interactive Technology Pedagogy Certificate Program, Spring 2014
Select Awards & Honors:
  •  Dean’s Dissertation Award (2016)
  • CUNY School of Public Health Student Innovation Challenge Award (2015)
  • National Research Service Award, NIMH (F31MH099924, 2012-2014)
  • National Institutes of Mental Health Fellow (Krauss, B., Parsons, J., Roye, C. & Wheeler, D., PI/co-Is, R25MH083602), (2008-2012).


Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Master’s of Public Health, Population and Family Health, February 2003
Select Awards & Honors:
  • Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health Hispanic Fellow (2001)
  • Co-Chair, International Service Committee, Black and Latino Student Caucus (2002)


The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts with honors, Latin American Studies and Spanish, Concentrations in Public Health and Linguistics, December 1999
Select Awards & Honors:
  • Undergraduate University Research Fellowship (1998)
  • Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Scholarship (1997)
  • Liberal Art Council to Study Abroad Scholarship for participation in Dominican Republic Public Health Program (1997)
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