Vivian Chávez



Curriculum Vitae




Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Masters in Public Health
Doctor of Public Health Postdoctoral Fellowship     
Registered Yoga Teacher

San Francisco State University (1985) La Raza Studies
Universidad Complutense - Madrid (1985) Spanish Philology
University of California, Berkeley (1992) Community Health Education
University of California, Berkeley (1999) International Health, Women, Gender & Sexuality
University of Michigan (2000) Community Based Participatory Research
Yoga Alliance, Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (2005)


8/00 – present
Spring 2006
1993 – present
1/96 – 12/98

Associate Professor, Health Education Department, San Francisco State University
Traveling Faculty, International Honors Program in Health and Community, Boston University
Educational Consultant: Berkeley Media Studies Group, Prevention Institute, Youth Radio
Graduate Student Instructor, School of Public Health & Women Studies Department, UC Berkeley


Youth Radio Community Based Participatory Book Project, "Drop That Knowledge."

San Francisco Dept of Public Health, “Newcomer’s Girls Violence Prevention Project."

Community Health Scholars Program, University of Michigan.

UCSF, School of Nursing, "Social Construction and Meaning of Youth Violence."

 UC Berkeley Media Studies Group, “Spanish Language TV News Portrayals of Youth & Violence.”



Violence Prevention Specialist, Emergency Preparedness & Injury Control, CA Department of Health Services

Public Information Officer and Health Educator, City of Berkeley Health Department

Program Coordinator, CAL in the City, Office of Student Affairs, UC Berkeley
Trainer/Technical Assistant, Child Assault Prevention Training Center of Northern California


2006 India, China, South Africa

Traveling Faculty, International Honors Program on Global Health and Community.

1999   Guatemala, Volunteer

International Development Exchange (IDEX), public health and community research.

1998   Peru, Presenter

Media Advocacy Training at the “Threshold of the Next Millennium,” UNESCO.

1988   Costa Rica, Trainer

National child abuse prevention conference, Paniamor foundation.



L. Soep & V. Chávez, Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio, Learning and Media Culture, UC Press (under contract/coming soon).

L. Cohen, V. Chávez & S. Chehimi, Prevention is Primary: Strategies for Community Wellbeing, Jossey-Bass, 2007.

V. Chávez, R. Turalba & S. Malik, “Teaching Public Health: Pedagogy of Collegiality,” American Journal of Public Health, 2006.

V. Chavez & R. Turalba, “Pedagogy of Collegiality” Quick Hits for Educating Citizens, Indiana University Press, 2005.

L. Soep & V. Chávez, “Youth Media and The Pedagogy of Collegiality,” Harvard Educational Review, 2005.

E. Flores & V. Chávez, “Latino Health,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, Eds. Suzanne Obloer and Deena J. Gonzalez, Oxford University Press, New York, 2005.

V. Chávez, “Silence Speaks: The Language of Internalized Oppression and Privilege in Community Based Research,” Metropolitan Universities Journal, April 2005.

V. Chávez, B. Israel, A. Allen, R. Lichenstein, M. DeCarlo, A. Schulz, R. Bayer, & R. McGranaghand, “A Bridge Between Communities: Video Making and Community Based Participatory Research,” Health Promotion Practice, 2004.

V. Chávez & L. Dorfman, “Spanish Language Television News Portrayals of Youth and Violence in California.” In I. Torres & G. Cernada, Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion in Latino Populations, Baywood Publishing Company, New York, 2003.

V. Chávez, B. Duran, Q. Baker, M. Avila, & N. Wallerstein, “The Dance of Race & Privilege in Community Based Participatory Research.” In Minkler M. & Wallerstein N. Community Based Participatory Research, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2003.

V. Chávez, “Language, Gender and Violence in Qualitative Research,” International Quarterly Community Health Education, 2002.

V. Chávez, “Operational Definitions of Youth Violence in Empirical Research,” International Quarterly Community Health Education, Vol. 18, 2, 1999.

L. Dorfman, K. Woodruff, V. Chávez, & L. Wallack, “Youth and Violence on Local Television News in California,” American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 87, No. 8, 1996.


V. Chávez, Gold in Gray, (2003) 22-minute documentary on senior volunteer leaders as an uptapped resource in public health, University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health.

V. Chávez, A Bridge Between Communities, (2000) 32-minute documentary on the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center which highlights the principles of Community Based Participatory Research in Public Health.